Taking a deep breath and singing with their passionate, classic three-part harmonies, INO Records’ artist Phillips, Craig, & Dean prepare to release their 11th studio project aptly titled Top of My Lungs on September 26. This release follows the widely successful worship trilogy Let My Words Be Few (2001), Let Your Glory Fall (2003) and their highly acclaimed Let the Worshippers Arise (2004). Once again produced by Nathan Nockels (Watermark, Downhere), Top of My Lungs bridges the praise and worship music with a more eclectic, progress musical palette.
“Top of My Lungs represents the kind of praise and worship we want to be a part of, the kind of worship that holds nothing back,” states Randy Phillips. “All the songs of this album inspire that kind of worship. Great songs compel you to sing—fresh, deep, magnificent and strong lyrics about the goodness of God, they beg you to sing them as loud and with as much passion as you can.”
Singing together for more than 15 years, PC&D have released 10 albums, 18 No. 1 singles and sold more than 2 million records. To say the least their music has impacted many throughout the years, and it continues to resonate with the audiences far and wide. Seeing God continue to use their gifts they love and reaching people in a tangible way bring joy to the trio, which is reflected on the new release.
“Most of our songs come from real life experiences,” explains Dan Dean. “We sing to engage the church, to meet people where they live. God has allowed us to reach out people who are going through difficult places in their lives. We choose songs that will bring the reality of Christ into those places.”
Top of My Lungs is filled with sweeping, powerful anthems such as the opener “Your Name” written by Paul Baloche that is already infusing into worship at churches across the country to the symphonic “Saved the Day,” a resurrection song penned by Michael Neale. The project is also rounded out with a guest appearance on “Tis Sweet,” which features Dean’s daughter and son and Phillips’ daughter, along with guitar work that lends to a more live, raw sound.
“On every album you want to stretch a little bit, sonically, to move forward, so that was certainly a goal,” Shawn Craig says. “We’d toyed with the idea of doing a hybrid, more of the signature ballads and fun songs we used to record, but the more we dug into it, the more we found ourselves going back to praise and worship. We see the power of praise, the avenue it creates to people’s hearts, in preparing them to hear God’s word. It’s just a very personal thing to us.”
Although they are steeped in their musical ventures, these three continue to remain active senior pastors at their respective churches in addition to packed personal lives. Randy Phillips and his wife began a new church in 2005 in Austin as well as hosting his own show, The Awakening on TBN. Shawn Craig recently was appointed senior pastor after finishing his Master of Divinity in April 2005 and will be married in November. Dan Dean just turned the big 5-0 and is celebrating his 30th anniversary with his wife Becky.
For more information on Phillips, Craig, & Dean go to http://www.phillipscraiganddean.com/
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