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Check out this review by Mark Fisher from www.colpop.net.

"Jason Clark returns with his first new music in many years. The former Fringe frontman also has a solo album entitled Surrendered & Untamed which also became the direction and title of his first book.

Heaven’s Crush is a crowdfunded EP that accompanies his latest book, Prone to Love.

While I love Jason’s written works, his music has always moved me in a powerful way. it’s the kind of music that brings the chaos of life into focus. The spacious, dreamy sound of the title track opens the EP in precisely that way. A variation on “I Love You Lord,” Clark’s voice is the driving-force, falling somewhere between a gentle whisper and a humble prayer. It’s a slightly surprising opening actually since it’s so intimate and reflective.

“Grace” and “Becoming Like You” pick up where Surrendered & Untamed left off. They are more refined than that batch of songs, and “Becoming Like You” even has more of a congregational worship bent to it, but overall the atmosphere is still much the same.

“Remember” rounds out the album with its upbeat “Oh Oh Oh’s” and gorgeous guitar work. It’s likely what Dave Matthews would sound like musically if he’d never been discovered and made it big. It’s not quite as sporadic or jammy, but it’s got that same deep roots feel about it.

Overall, this is another beautiful addition to Clark’s catalog. He remains one of the most talented, yet mostly undiscovered, communicators out there. The Heaven’s Crush EP is all too short in regards to time, but it more than makes up for it by the fact that every song is wonderful.

If you are looking for music that will move your soul rather than your feet, then Heaven’s Crush is for you."

 

Also, check out the new video for Heaven's Crush!

Heaven's Crush EP

It was the summer of 2012 when we started the Heaven's Crush recording. On a hot day in July, my family, friends, and I, drove to Threshing Floor Studios in Lincolnton NC to record one song - and the journey began. From then till now there have been knocks and thrills, as old and new friends, as well as family, added depth and beauty to the melodic journey. I want to thank everyone who gave in any capacity to help make this album a reality! I truly am blessed!

Heaven's Crush EP is now available! And I am giving it away for free until...

Also, here is the video that captured the first hot July afternoon with friends and family as I recorded for the first time in 8 years what would become the title song - Heaven's Crush.

For a Free Download of Heaven's Crush CLICK HERE

I am so excited to finally be able to share these songs with you!

Blessings!

- Jason

Becoming Like You - Heaven's Crush EP

I was out for a run and I was asking Father God if we would be alright. After two years, I was hearing God again; I was becoming sure in a daily, hourly, minute-by-minute floodgate of His good presence. Sweeter still, in the last month He was only saying one thing.

“I love you Jason.”

We were several months behind on our mortgage, our fridge was nearly empty, our pantry was a ghost town. The bill collectors and the lawyers wanted their pound of flesh.

“I love you Jason.”

But the question I'd asked Him seemed fair, “Will we be alright?”

I got home as dusk settled. There was just enough time to mow the small unruly patch of grass in our front yard. And there were still fumes in the mower.

I settled into the seemingly mundane routine, but my heart never left fellowship with my good Father.

“I love you Jason”.

I stood on the front porch in the last light of day with one thought. It was heaven sent, it was revelatory, it was bigger, and greater, and more powerful than any other thought I’d ever had.

“It’s measureless! His love is measureless!”

In that moment, everything in my life changed.

We would be alright.

… Laughing I went in to kiss Karen and hug the kids. Karen kissed me lightly but then she and the kids ran from me while informing me that I needed a shower.

In the shower I sang, “I’m becoming like you, I’m becoming like you. Let Your love be all I know, till Your glory becomes my own”.  I leapt from the shower, wrapped myself in a towel, ran into our bedroom, riffled through papers on Karen’s nightstand, found a pencil, then back to the bathroom dripping on the linoleum, I wrote...

I’ve been Your echo, I’ve been Your shadowPotential Heaven's Crush EP Cover
But my heart is to know You so I can be Your voice
I’ve stood on mountains, I’ve knelt in valleys
From glory to glory my heart will always be Yours
 
I'm becoming like You, I’m becoming like You
Its the cry of my heart my King, that I’d display Your majesty
 
I'm becoming like you, I'm becoming like you
Let Your love be all I know, till Your glory becomes my own
 
Oh, let Your glory come down
Let Your goodness surround, we’re singing
Oh, this revival sound
Its shaking the ground, its transforming us
 

Many of you have heard me lead this song in worship over the last years. Many have asked when I would record it.

This song is one of the four that will be on the EP titled Heaven’s Crush. This song is an invitation into transformative Love. There is life on this song and album!

My heart is to release this album with my new book, Prone To Love, which releases Feb 18.

We have 9 days left to raise the funding to get this album mixed. If you feel led, please give. If you can’t give, please consider sharing on Facebook and Twitter. Go to the link below for more information on the album, to give, and share.

Heaven's Crush EP - Indiegogo Funding Campaign

Thanks to everyone who has been with us on the journey and to those who have given! I am truly blessed!

Below is a small excerpt of the unmixed pre-production vocal recording I have been working on these last months with faithful friends. It just needs to be mixed.

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- Jason

Heaven's Crush EP Teaser

Potential Heaven's Crush EP CoverI am thrilled to let you all know I have a new album coming out! Its the first in 8 years and its good! I started recording with my brother in-law Eric Perry and then moved over to Ben Canon's studio early this month. We are putting together a Kickstarter Campaign Jan 2. It will run no more than two weeks and we are trying to raise $3500. This will cover studio time and the mix which will be done at Threshing Floor in Lincolnton NC. More details to come! [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKB6C9HDmuQ&w=560&h=315]

When The Sun Disappears

IMG_1016This last November I drove to Virginia to hang out with the Crowder family and the whole Dreamhouse Church for the weekend. On Monday, before driving the 7 hours home, Scott and I dreamed in a language close to our hearts. Sitting in his old church building, the little white chapel that has played host to many moments of Holy Spirit wonder, we pulled out our guitars. The second story nursery that overlooked the sanctuary had been transformed. Soundboard, keyboard, amps, guitars, mic's - recording gear lay helter skelter, an invitation to create. Scott and I leading worship for Sunday Night at DreamHouse Church

It had been a while since I had really given myself to this art form. I was a little reluctant at first, wondering if this was even me anymore. Years of surrendering this passion had left me cautious and... hopeful. You see, music was once a haunting obsession, it defined me. I was a singer songwriter like Jesus was the Son of God.

But that was many years ago. And there has been many surrenders to His perfect love from then to now; many discoveries of who my heavenly Father is and how He see's me.

One day, not that long before I found myself in Scotts little church studio (which I think is a great name for a studio by the way), God reminded me that He has always seen me as a singer songwriter. It was a wonderful thing to remember and a hopeful thing to believe.

Scott and I started with a melody I had written nearly ten years earlier, but soon the song took on new form. Scott presented a beat, this was a new one for me - no live drums. It worked! I grew less timid and more sure. We sang mumbled melodies to each other. "Thats good!" I said, more than once.

Scott pushed record, an hour passed. A killer bass line was added, keys, and then guitar. "That's good!" I said again, it was. I sang the lyrics, some nearly ten years old, some only 10 minutes. Then Scott tracked his vocals. Another hour passed and then another. I was immersed in a pastime filled with new promises.

Scott tracking guitar for When the Sun Disappears

"How much fun was that" I thought on my drive home. I was surprised and satisfied.

In the days that followed, my world of husband, dad, and pastor expanded... singer songwriter - old familiar clothes that fit like new.

Over the following weeks Scott added his wonder to the song. I am blown away by how it turned out.

Thanks Scott for being a catalyst friend. I have a feeling it wont be the last time we pull out our guitars together.

I present to you "When The Sun Disappears".

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"But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you." — John 16:7

"And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst." — Luke 23:44-45

"And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And as they were gazing intently into the sky while He was going, behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them. They also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven. Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away.” — Acts 1:9-12

"When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance." — Acts 2:1-4

lyrics

Honey know you can't come this way And I know it won't be easy oh Honey know Wait and see and please be patient All creation's groaning for it's home I'm your home I'm your home

Chorus: All of us here Winter to spring All of our seasons And all of our dreams All of our stories The wonder of kings All of our glory When the sun disappears

I'm gonna go where I'll know you'll follow I've sent a fire to burn inside your soul to know your home You're gonna run with the Sons of Thunder Taste and see the love of Father oh... You'll know

I see the night erased when the sun disappears I see the kingdom come when the sun disappears

(repeat chorus)

Whoa see the sun whoa see the sun Whoa see the sun whoa see the sun (voiceover) see burning Son (falsetto) Higher, higher (voiceover) I want to run with the burning ones...I want to run with the burning Son See the Son

credits

released 24 March 2013 Lyrics & Music by Clark / Crowder. Jason Clark: vocals, acoustic guitar Scott Crowder: vocals, electric guitars, bass, keys & programming Recorded at DreamHouse studio Mixed by Crowder

Recording & Filming Two New Songs This Sunday!

Hey everyone, I'm stepping away from the normal blog this week to let you all know that I will be recording two songs live this Sunday and we will be filming the whole thing!

I wanted to post this on my blog for two reasons,

First, I wanted to invite anyone who loves to worship and lives in the Charlotte area to come out. We only have space left for about 25, so let me know if you can make it ASAP and Ill let you know if we've filled up.

We will be at

Threshingfloor Audio 585 Charlottes Lane Lincolnton, NC 28092

Start time is 5PM, there will be food.

Second, while many of you don't live in my neck of the woods, I'd love your prayers!

The vision for this night is to celebrate Gods love as a family. My vision for the songs and films is to be seed for a new album, an album that will correlate with my new book!

In the last year God has been inviting me to once again dream in the wonder of melody and rhythm. Songs have begun to flow again and its time to embrace the journey.

I have included both songs here so those coming can be familiar with them. I want you voice!

I want to thank everyone who have blessed me with their enthusiasm to help put this together. First, my brother Joel, who will be coming in from DC to film the night. Also, Elijah and the whole Mosely fam, including Jacob, for believing in me and giving a night of studio time! I also want to thank the players, Grayson, Brandon, Daniel, Scott, Danny and Josh for whats gonna be a great time! And everyone else who is coming, thanks and I'm looking forward to worshiping with ya! Also, thanks to Anthony who helped me develop the chorus on the first song!

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQb1CuF4yhA&w=420&h=315]

I Love You Lord, Heavens Crush

I love you Lord, I lift my voice To worship You, oh my soul rejoice Take joy my King in what You hear Let it be sweet, sweet, sweet to Your ear

oh...

I'm consumed neath heavens crush You are here, Your glorious With joy my King I worship You Let it be sweet, sweet, sweet to Your ear

There's no place I'd rather be Than singing love to You as Your singing over me With joy my King I worship You Let it be sweet, sweet, sweet to Your ear

It’s easy to love You, it’s easy to lift my voice Its easy to raise a song and let my soul rejoice It’s easy to love You, it’s easy to sing Your fame I want to give it all cause You’re my everything

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Becoming Like You

I've been Your echo I've been Your shadow But my heart is to know You so I can be Your voice I've stood on mountains I've knelt in valleys From glory to glory my heart will always be Yours

I’m becoming like You I’m becoming like You It's the cry of my heart my King That I’d display Your majesty

I’m becoming like you I’m becoming like you Let Your love be all I know Till Your glory becomes my own

Prone To Love - Book Trailer

This is the trailer Joel and I shot early 2012 for the new book I wrote under the working title Let's Go Find This Kingdom Come. Recently, March 2013, the book was picked up by Destiny Image. It will release early 2014 under the title Prone To Love.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8DTOV9ise0&w=560&h=315]

Before the year is out we will revise this trailer and have other short films to highlight truths from the book.

The book will be filled with links to films, and songs, and blogs, and ice cream... well, we are still trying to figure out the ice cream. That said, it will be an interactive experience that well add depth to an already stunning message!

I am super excited about this message! I believe its a life changer!

Face to Face

Scott Crowder hit record. I'm glad he did! I sang this Sunday morning at RCC in Newport News VA. While there are a few flubs, I think the spirit of the song shines.

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Face to Face

I turn my face, to a blazing son Your glory falls,Your Kingdom comes

Oh my God, you are, you are, you are Such a holy love, enough, enough, enough Oh but still I must have more, lying here on my kitchen floor Jesus have your way, meet me face to face

I pledge my head to a holy love Put down my paper, pick up my guns We'll take the hill, me and the thunder sons We won't quit till Thy Kingdom Comes

Singing oh my God, you are, you are, you are Such a holy love, enough, enough, more enough Oh but still we must have more, lying here on your sanctuary floor Jesus have your way, meet us face to face

The Show ...That Changed Everything

This was the show we had dreamed about. It was our audience; they knew our songs. The club owner loved us; the sound guy was a fan. Smoke ghosted every corner like smoke does. The club was well over maximum capacity, the zealots spilled out into the night. The exuberant crush swayed as the song swelled over them.

I leaned into the mic, put my lips on the mesh, and crooned.

“Get up, get up, get up, get into the rhythm. Swing, sway, let it pull you away...”

This was our most rock friendly song – a southern growl. We wrote it just for this purpose, to get them in the mood. This was the best venue in town, we were opening for a national act, and playing to an audience we had spent years woo-ing.

“Crash, your down, dizzy and done, but wanting more…”

The song worked, they were with us, they loved us. Soon the headliner would play, but this moment was ours. The lights blinded me to all but the enchanted dancing press within arms reach. But you didn’t have to see them to feel it. They had come for a good time, to escape, to feel.

I sang passionately,

“Maybe now brothers, sisters, we can dance in the dawn…”

We were two songs into a six-song set list. We had spent a lot of emotional, physical, and social coin to get here; years of practice and playing for no one, poor sound, small stages, or no stage at all. Behind us were weeks, months, years of promoting so we could posses a stage like this one.

You would have thought I’d be ecstatic; I wasn’t. I was exhausted and heart sick. Something was wrong.

I stepped back from the mic, and like any good actor, I entertained. Leaning over my guitar, I performed like it was the only thing that mattered. And while this perfect scenario for any up and coming band was playing out around me I was experiencing a deep overwhelming sadness.

In less than twenty minutes it would all be over. And it wouldn’t mean anything. We would just do it again, and then again. All the effort it took to get here would have to be thrown into getting the next gig, the next fix. All the anxiety, all the insecurity, all the self promotion… In that moment I became depressed.

Then, while wrestling with why I existed, I remembered something, it wasn’t about me.

When we started our band, we had only one heart, to play our songs for our Father. Even in those early years, I believed to my very core, that music in any form is worship. My heart, our heart, as a band, was to love God in our songs. Be it Sunday morning or Saturday night, it is always and only for Him.

Somehow, in the weeks running up to this show, I had forgotten.

As I stood there, bent over my guitar, I realized that I had lost my way. My passion wasn’t to put on a great show for hundreds of enthusiastic fans, my passion was not even to make a living at it; my passion was to know and reveal my Father.

Right there, in the middle of the confusion, I repented. “Father, I am here for You.” I prayed.

And in that moment, everything changed.

His sweet presence fell so profoundly on the stage that I became lost in His goodness. I half wept, half sang into the mic; His love was so beautiful! For the next twenty minutes I was swept away in the wonder, His mercy, His grace.

To close out our set, I leaned one last time into the mic and sang a line from Delirious, “I can sing of your love forever.” And the entire place was alive with His presence and many hearts and voices entered that holy place – believing if just for a moment, His always-good love.

Eric, the drummer, was the last to leave the platform, joining the rest of us back stage. They were screaming, it was adoration, they were cheering Gods love. They wanted more. The whole club was electric. Eric laughed and hugged me and the rest of his giddy bandmates. “What happened?” he asked.

What do you mean? I queried.

“In the middle of song two, I felt Gods presence like I never have in a show before. It was like, well, suddenly the whole night made sense! All of a sudden I just started worshiping!”

The rest of the band joined in. Shawn, our guitar player said, “I know! It was like God just showed up and what’s crazy is no one out there understood but they knew something was different!”

I laughed as I told them what had happened between God and I in the middle of the second song.

Later as we sat just outside the club listening to Tim Reynolds shred, we laughed at the comments from those leaving the club. Over the next few years we would hear the statement time and again. “You guys are so spiritual!”

Sometime this opened the door to share about Gods love, but mostly I would just smile and say God is good…

And that was enough, cause it was true and when believed, it changes everything…

The Fringe song was "Down Dizzy". If you want to hear it you can HERE

Northern Lights - Pre-production

And the journey begins... my friend Jacob Early and I spent a few hours working on a demo of a song I wrote several years ago. It's my first attempt at pre-production - the process by which I will demo several songs and determine whether they will make the final cut. That's right, after nearly six years of a musical wilderness I have been set free! I am working on a new full length album to accompany my new book.

That said, this song needs some re-working lyrically and some serious further production. But for now, I think we captured it's spirit. Enjoy, and feel free to let me know what you think.

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Northern Lights **I recently changed some lyrics, which is what happens in the production process. I put them in brackets below**

Went to see the Northern Lights, so bright, reflected in Your eyes

And Your glory cloud descends, hey friends, it's time we got going

Come on in out of the cold, come home, lets go find this kingdom come, well done

I've been dreaming for a time, if its a crime, then (Let me find my joy complete, let me see, oh)  Love be my sweet witness

Come on in out of the cold, come home, lets go find this kingdom come, well done

When the sun sets on my shoulder, and the Northern Lights shine bold

When my troubles, they're all over (when Your love is all I know), well done

Come on in out of the cold, come home, lets go find this kingdom come, well done

Thanks for Downloading my Album on NoiseTrade!!

Hello new blog and NoiseTrade friends! Most of you recently downloaded my album Surrendered & Untamed on NoiseTrade. I wrote and recorded this album almost 7 years ago and it has been a pleasure giving it away! I hope you have enjoyed it!

I wanted to introduce myself and let you know that the heart behind the songs on the S&U album eventually became the heartbeat of my life. I wrote a book, helped produce a film, and co-wrote a participants guide to accompany the film. All three resources carry the same powerful message of living fully surrendered and absolutely untamed.

If you liked the album, I think you will love my book! To check out Surrendered and Untamed, A Field Guide for the Vagabond Believer click HERE

To learn more about the whole project go to www.surrenderedanduntamed.com

I am currently working with my old Fringe band-mates on finishing an amazing Fringe Album from 2005. I have also started the beautiful process of recording a new solo album. These recordings will compliment my new book to be released 2012.

If you want to hear pre-production of new songs (for example), read excerpts of the new book, or just get to know me, then sign up to my blog  For more info on it or my other albums you can click HERE.

Thanks again for downloading my album!

Lord Bless!