Girder Records Announces John Schlitt Limited Vinyl Edition of ‘GO’
“Go,” the eleven-song collection of Christian rock ‘n’ roll from legendary rock vocalist, Grammy and Dove Award-winning GMA Hall of Famer John Schlitt, releases in a Special Limited Vinyl Edition on Friday, August 7, 2020, from Girder Records, under the Limited Run Vinyl series.
John Schlitt Limited Vinyl Edition of ‘GO’
The vinyl edition, which is limited to just 200 units, features ivory colored vinyl with a teal blue sky swirl, two-sided printed inner sleeves with lyrics, and an amazing write-up and photos. Fans can now order the Limited Vinyl Edition of GO at https://girdermusic.com/collections/john-schlitt
|“With his new project, GO, John Schlitt has pulled off what seemed to be the impossible… recreate that amazing Petra sound without sounding dated. This is what Petra fans have waited for,” says Girder Records founder Greg Hays. “GO is aggressive and quite a surprise. It’s fun and it’s quite heavy both lyrically and musically. Sure, we loved Petra and those were fun years, but if you’re going to make an album in 2019/2020, this is the way it’s done. From the graphics to the music, it just clicks on all cylinders, and now it’s available in this limited vinyl Sky Swirl effect–but only 200 are being made. Ready, set, GO!”|
The Limited Edition release of GO coincides with the 30th Anniversary of the release of legendary Christian rock band Petra’s most critically-acclaimed and commercially successful album, Beyond Belief, which earned the band (and its lead singer, John Schlitt) four Dove Awards (Long Form Music Video, Rock Album of the Year, Rock Recorded Song of the Year, and Recorded Music Packaging), in addition to a coveted Grammy Award for Best Rock Gospel Album. The project was subsequently certified Gold, and was named to CCM Magazine’s 100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music list.
“Rock ‘n’ roll has always sounded best on vinyl,” says Schlitt. “Digital music is great and convenient, but there is just something magical about hearing the music from an LP. I’m thrilled that fans can now experience GO on vinyl!”
For more information about Schlitt and GO, visit johnwschlitt.com.
About GO:GO represents Schlitt’s first full-length solo album of original material in seven years, and the project is proving to be well worth the wait for fans of the man GospelMusicChannel.com (now uptv.com) has called “the best rock singer in Christian music history.” GO, which released in early 2020, was tapped in pre-release as one of the Top 10 Albums of 2019 by Classic Christian Rock Magazine, which extols the project’s sweet melodies, direct lyrics, and Schlitt’s seemingly ageless vocal prowess. GO joins chart toppers and fan favorites on CCR’s 2019 “Best Of” list, including projects by Newsboys, Michael Sweet, David & the Giants, and Guardian’s Jamie Rowe.
Schlitt’s vocals have arguably never been in better form. With production and engineering by Dan Needham, John Lawry, and Mark Lee Townsend, combined with savvy songwriting collaborations with the likes of Needham, Lawry, Townsend, Jerry McPherson, Scott Bernard, Jeff King, Scott Faircloff, Ryan Horn, and Chuck Anderson, and A-list musicianship from some of Nashville’s finest, GO is a tour de force of straight up, spiritually astute rock ‘n’ roll. It’s the kind of album that sounds great the first time through, then gets better each time you listen to it.
The title track eases you into the groove, with a deceptive acoustic guitar and bongo line that builds in intensity, with the not-so-subtle message to get up and do something. “As Christians, we have been sitting around for too long,” Schlitt declares. “We are blessed, but with blessings come responsibility. What is God calling you to do? Do it!”
If there was any question about the rock ‘n’ roll nature of the project, Schlitt answers emphatically on “Feel It,” the first single. Thundering toms, driving guitars, and Schlitt’s signature grit and gravel vocals undergird the song’s clarion call to “have a little faith.”
Schlitt struts confidently into classic arena rock territory on “Takin’ It Higher,” then pulls back on the piano-driven rock ballad, “Fighting the Fight.” “Life is a fight,” Schlitt muses. “Without Christ, you’re wasting your time. With Christ, the battle is already won. You just have to go forward and do what God’s put on your heart to do.”
Fuzzy distortion and a techno vibe enhance “Just Let Go,” a thumping, Beach Boys-esque rocker with a message of trusting God when you can’t see the next step. The tune segues effortlessly into the loopy, cautionary prog-rocker, “Time Keeps Rollin.'”
Then, Schlitt proves he can groove with best of them on the Motown-inspired “Where Would I Be,” that will have you wondering if the California Raisins are singing background vocals. “‘Where Would I Be’ is just one of those songs I’ve always wanted to do,” Schlitt grins. “The music style is fun and the title says it all.”
“Find a Way,” which finds Schlitt exploring the softer side of acoustic rock ‘n’ roll, is a song that would not feel out of place on a Crosby, Stills & Nash album. Ripped-from-the-headlines lyrics, thudding drums, tasty electric guitar licks, and passionate vocals underscore the in-your-face message of “Fake News.”
If Stallone ever decides to do another Rocky movie, “Let’s Go” could easily be the theme song. “Are you fighting for truth or illusion?” Schlitt wails. “I am a fighter on my way / There is no time to hesitate. / Let’s go!”
Schlitt closes the project with a playful bonus track, “Not Dead Yet.” The singer, whose career has spanned more than half a century, proves he can not only run with the big dogs, he can still compete with the young pups in an industry that is increasingly youth-centric.
Ultimately, GO is a declaration of movement. Sometimes that movement is a forward motion, and sometimes the movement takes a momentary pause as we wait for direction. Either way, GO is not an invitation to sit in our comfort zone and do nothing.
“We’re either going forward or idling in expectation of God’s direction,” Schlitt says. “And when the time comes to go–then we GO!”
For more information about Schlitt and GO, visit johnwschlitt.com.
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|About John Schlitt:For more than four decades, John Schlitt has enjoyed a stellar musical career as a solo artist, as the lead singer for Grammy Award-winning Christian band Petra, one of the most successful Christian rock bands of all time, and as the former lead singer for popular ’70s mainstream rock band Head East. In addition to his work as a solo artist, Schlitt is currently a member of The Union of Sinners and Saints, a band he formed with former Whiteheart band member Billy Smiley in 2016, and he brings his lead vocalist talent to The Jay Sekulow Band, a seven-piece ensemble featuring Jay Sekulow, chief counsel for the American Center for Law & Justice and host of his own radio and talk shows. In addition to Schlitt, other band members include John Elefante, Scott Kirkman, Marco Pangallo and Mark Lee Townsend.||Grammy & Dove Award winning artist John Schlitt is also a member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.(Fred Nguyen photo)|
|Schlitt has been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame as the lead singer of Petra during the years when the band won 10 Dove Awards and four Grammy Awards. He was named the best rock singer in Christian music history by GospelMusicChannel.com (now uptv.com), and according to the website, Schlitt “remains one of the most distinctive and impactful men to ever stand behind a microphone.” Schlitt was also named Male Vocalist of the Year in About.com’s 2011 Readers’ Poll in a category that included Chris Tomlin and Jeremy Camp. The legendary vocalist’s busy schedule in recent years has included television and radio appearances on Huckabee; 700 Club Interactive; 100 Huntley Street; Jay Sekulow Live; Cornerstone TV’s flagship show, Real Life; TBN’s Praise and Music, Moments, and Memories TV programs; Bill Martinez Live!; and many more, as well as extensive international touring and media coverage. For more information on Schlitt, his music, and touring, visit johnwschlitt.com.|
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