New Living Room Session video for “Recreated”

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I spent this week recording an acoustic version of “Recreated” in our home in Nashville.  My wife graciously let me turn our living room into a recording studio, and we captured the process on video as we recorded.

Check it out!

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If you want to know the story behind the song the song “Recreated” click here.

Click here to buy the album Recreated

I hope you enjoyed watching this as much as I enjoyed making it!  As always, I appreciate it every time you help spread the word about my music by sharing it on Facebook and other social media.

grace and peace,

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Devotional for the song “Recreated”

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When I started writing the song “Recreated,” I kept thinking about that moment in Genesis, at the start of everything, where there was darkness, no light, no life, just a blank canvas for the Creator.  And then, all the sudden, there was this explosion of light and color and life! And all of it happened because God spoke it into existence.

I see the same thing mirrored in the New Testament recreation of those who put their faith in Jesus.  Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:17

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come.”

You see, throughout his letters to the Church, Paul reminds us that before Christ, we were dead in our sins, but through His resurrecting power, we can be made fully alive again.  At the moment of our surrender, we’re no longer bound by what we used to be.  As Christians, we don’t find our identity in our sins, in our failures, or in all of the times we let down the people we care about.  Instead, we have a new identity and a new destiny.

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Paul reminded the Church in Romans that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead is now living inside of us through the Holy Spirit.  For the first time, we actually have the authority and power to resist sin and turn away from it.  We’re no longer held in condemnation for those failures, but instead, we’re free to walk in the life of Christ.  We don’t have to live by the obligations of sin any longer.

At the moment of surrender, Jesus takes what was us and makes it a blank canvas. We get to move forward in a completely new life.  That doesn’t mean that we always get everything right.  We’re not perfect. In a way, we’re like Lazarus from the Bible.  When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead and called him out of the tomb, Lazarus came forward but he was still bound up in his grave clothes. Then Jesus tells Lazarus’s family to help him out of those grave clothes.

When we surrender our lives to Christ, we sometimes still find ourselves bound by the trappings of death. Sometimes we still have the smell of the grave on us.  But through the Holy Spirit we can walk a little straighter and a little stronger each day. Sometimes we stumble and fall, and sometimes it takes the community of the Church to help us unwrap our grave clothes, but the good news is that we’re 100% alive!

This is the essence of the Gospel, the good news that the Church needs to share with the world! Once we’re in Christ, we don’t have to be the same person we once were.  We’re no longer identified by our sins. Instead, our identity is now in Jesus himself. We are fully alive, fully recreated!

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Remembering my friend Maurice Carter, a reflection of Jesus’s amazing love

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Today, I’m remembering my friend Maurice Carter who went to be with Jesus four years ago. He taught me so much about worship, kindness, hospitality, and Christ-like love. His funeral was a true glimpse of what Heaven will be like, as people from every corner of the globe, of all walks of life, gathered together and worshiped the Creator. I can’t wait to sing again with Maurice in Heaven some day.

This video was taken the week before he died, as he served on a missions trip with Christ Church Nashville in Japan. He had no way of knowing that he was about to meet Jesus in person.

Thank you, Jesus, for people like Maurice. They are true reflections of your love and grace.

Recreated Launches Today!

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Dear Friends,

After many months of incredibly hard work, I’m very excited to announce that my new album Recreated has finally launched and is available to purchase and stream in its entirety here on wespickering.com.

Please go give the album a listen and pick up a copy! We have some awesome bundles in the store that include CD copies, t-shirts, and even limited edition, hand-painted watercolor panels created by my wife and used in the album artwork.

We are new creatures!

Paul says in 2 Corinthians, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come.”  That is the theme of this album.  The same God who spoke the earth into existence in Genesis 1 breathes new life into us through Jesus Christ. It’s a message worth singing about and worth celebrating!

A little help from my friends…

As a full-time independent artist, my most valuable resource is you, the listener.  Unless others don’t spread the word, these songs won’t get heard.  Here are the three biggest things you can do to help out:

  1. Share a link to the album on Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, or the social media platform of your choice.
  2. Post a review of the album on iTunes, Amazon music, or if you’re a writer, on your own website or blog.
  3. Introduce me to your church‘s pastor, music minister, or youth leader.  I would love the opportunity to come and share these songs in person at your church. If you are a pastor or church staff, please feel free to contact me!

Thank you so much for being a listener and supporter! I put my everything into this album, and I truly hope you enjoy it!

grace and peace,

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New Website + Recreated pre-order

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Welcome to the new and improved http://wespickering.com! I hope you’ll take a look around and explore the new site.  Keep checking back with us because we’re adding new content every day.

You can now pre-order your copy of Recreated in several formats and packages, including a very limited edition bundle with a hand-painted abstract panel that was used in the cover artwork for the album.  These abstract watercolors were beautifully painted by my lovely wife Hannah, whose artwork you will definitely want to check out.

Each pre-release order includes an immediate download of the songs “Recreated” and “Beautiful God.”

You can listen to these two songs now right here:

The full album will be available for download on May 26 and CDs, T-shirts, and all other bundle items will be shipped at that time.

RECREATED – New album coming 5.26.15

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I am very excited to announce that my new album Recreated will be available on Tuesday, May 26, 2015.  It has been a long road, and I have never worked harder on a creative project before, but it was well worth all the extra time and effort.

In the coming days, I’ll be sharing a lot more about this album, and the website will be getting a major facelift.  For now, please enjoy the very first single from the album, which is also the title track: “Recreated.”

Now that the songs are done and the record is off at the printers being pressed, it’s time to start playing concerts and leading these songs for audiences and congregations around the country.  I would absolutely love to come and share these songs with you and your church, event, or venue.  If you’re interested in booking me and hearing these songs in person, please contact me on the booking page.

“Over the Waters” // Ambient Instrumental Sketch

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Well, I’m finished tracking my new album, and this week I’m moving on to mixing and mastering.  This is the hardest I’ve ever worked to complete an album, and I’m really excited to share the new songs with you.

Part of any successful artistic endeavor is knowing how to edit and trim the fat.  “Over the Waters” is an ambient instrumental composition that was part of the recording sessions for the new record.  The piece itself got left on the cutting floor, but even though it didn’t end up on the album track list, I thought it was worth sharing.  Enjoy.

A new year, a new album on the way, and a prayer request.

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I have a confession to make.  I have been about 80% done recording my new album…for at least 4 months. I had intended to release a new set of songs in the early fall of last year, but it’s still sitting on my hard drive, most of the way completed.  The songs are pretty much all written.  Most of the instruments have already been recorded.  A couple of the songs even have vocals on them already, but they’re not finished yet.

2014 was both a rewarding and a challenging year.  My wife and I have settled into our new house in south Nashville.  It’s small, about 1,000 square feet, but with the help of friends to remodel and Hannah’s eye for decorating, we love calling it home.  God has given us a space to call our own, to create, to show others hospitality, to escape.  Our house has been a refuge in a year full of big transition, traveling, and intense creative work.

I got sick during the summer last year.  It started out as allergies that turned into some sort of sinus infection that turned into some sort of bronchitis.  The bronchitis wrecked my voice, and I was actually afraid to sing for fear of doing permanent damage to my voice.  I put finishing the new album on hold while I gave my voice a rest.

As my voice started to recover, other projects started filling up my desk.  My friends are some of the most talented people I know, and I spent the latter part of the year producing and mixing several albums for other people.  It’s been a nice break from the pressure of working on my own stuff.  I love taking other people’s songs and finding a way to bring out the best in them.

Most of that work is done now, and I’m just about ready finish that last 20% of recording.  My voice is a little rusty.  There’s still some extra tension in my vocal cords that makes me nervous to sing, but I’m doing my best to exercise it a little each day.  For the most part, it feels better and stronger each week.

Beyond that, I have to confess that I’m just a little bit nervous about this album.  I love the songs.  I love the production.  I’m pretty sure my voice is going to be just fine, and all the vocals will sound good on the final mix.  But I’m still nervous.

Every time I set out to record a new record, I want to improve on the last one.  With blank pages in front of me, I always wonder how I’m going to write 10 or so new songs as good as the last 10 or so.  The Way You Love and before that Hope are two of my proudest creative moments.  Those two albums turned out better than I could have ever hoped for.  Every new record feels a bit like starting over from scratch– no guarantees but endless possibility.

So much of being a professional artist, of any kind, is constantly putting yourself out there for evaluation.  It’s hard not to feel the pressure of whether or not people will like what you do.  Beyond that, I’m turning 30 in a few weeks, and I’m finding myself hyper-aware of which goals I’ve already accomplished and which ones seem as far away as ever.  As I begin putting the finishing touches on this new album, my emotions continually swing from excitement to jittery nervousness.

At the end of the day, I know that God has given me a new set of songs that I feel are important.  I’m doing my best to surrender the outcome to Him.  He is the one who sets our paths, and I must do my best to follow in it.  Frankly, I have no idea where God’s path is leading.  So far, He hasn’t disappointed. God’s plans always turn out better than my own.

So, with all of that said, I’d like to ask you to be in prayer for me over the next couple of months.  Pray for my voice to be strong.  Pray for my mind to be clear and creative.  Pray for doors to open so that I can share these songs with others.  But most of all, pray for me to grow in my faith.  I want to be surrendered to what God has assigned to me, whatever that may look like.

grace and peace,

Wes