Downhere Returns May 23

Dove Award-winning Canadian melodic alt-rockers Downhere return May 23 with Wide-Eyed And Mystified, the group’s highly-anticipated third recording and Centricity Records debut. Produced by Mark Heimermann (Michael W. Smith, dcTalk), Greg Collins (U2, Gwen Stefani) and Downhere, Wide-Eyed And Mystified features 13 tracks, all written by the band.
Highlights of the album include “Surrender,” “Dying To Know You,” “Unbelievable,” “The Real Jesus” and “Little Is Much,” a tribute to band members Jason Germain and Marc Martel’s fathers, who both serve as pastors in Canada. The album’s debut singles, “The More” and “A Better Way,” have been released to Christian CHR and AC radio, respectively.
“Working with Centricity on a new record has been a welcome breath of fresh air,” said Downhere’s Marc Martel. “Never before have I been so challenged in my songwriting, the result being a collection of some of the best stuff we’ve ever produced. Sonically, the essence of our identity as a band has been captured more than ever, thanks to the talent and experience of producers Mark Heimermann and Greg Collins. I cannot wait to present this entire album to our audience.”
“We are so happy to finally have everything come together—new label, great producers, and great songs—and to come out with our best album yet,” added Downhere’s Glenn Lavender. “I feel like this album is a combination of all the best things from our previous two and we can’t wait for people to hear it!”
“Working on this recording with Downhere was like an A&R person’s dream,” said John Mays, vice president, A&R, Centricity Records. “The guys are so musical, and so thoughtful, but they also have a great work ethic and were committed to making music that wouldn’t just comprise another CD project, but something we felt like would be an important contribution to the culture and the Church.”
“By the time we were done, I think the guys had turned in close to 50 songs, so we feel really good about the 13 that made the CD,” Mays continues. “I’m proud of the guys and all of the love and labor they poured into the this recording. I think we ended up with something special.”
In support of both Wide-Eyed And Mystified and the upcoming Spirit West Coast festivals, Downhere will play a series of street week concerts in California beginning May 23, where they will give away a limited number of tickets to Spirit West Coast’s Monterey festival in August. The tour will end with the group’s main stage performance at Spirit West Coast in Del Mar on May 28.
Downhere is currently in Marrakech, Morocco, participating in the country’s Friendship Fest. The second annual event, designed to unite Christians and Muslims in peace and tolerance, Friendship Fest will also feature The Crabb Family, Joy Williams, KJ-52 and George Huff, among other artists from the United States and Morocco.
Hitting the U.S. music scene in 2001 with the release of their self-titled debut, Downhere was nominated for a Dove Award for New Artist of the Year, and the group received a Juno Award (Canada) for Best Gospel Album, as well as Canadian Gospel Music Association Covenant Awards for Rock Album of the Year and Rock Song of the Year for “Larger Than Life.” The band’s follow-up, So Much For Substitutes, released in 2003, earning Downhere a Dove Award for Modern Rock Recorded Song of the Year for “Breaking Me Down.”

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