Martin, who also recently recorded and toured with Jesus Culture in North America, is experiencing a musical rebirth following almost 20-years spreading a new sound of worship with the groundbreaking band, Delirious?. The inspired new music has been cultivated in a reinvigorated season of living in community. Back To The Start springs from a man refreshed and reconnected with Jesus and with his local Church body, with songs that speak of personal revival.
“I've known Martin since before the Cutting Edge years of Delirious? and his heart has always been to lead people in worship,” says Integrity Music’s Adrian Thompson, Vice President of A&R. “It’s exciting and a pleasure for us, as Integrity Music, to partner with him in taking these songs of worship to the lips of worshipers throughout the world.”
The first radio single from this new collection, "Emmanuel," was written with Matt Redman and Nick Herbert. At radio now, the song is also featured as a brand new music video from Martin at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfIthMfwlyI.
“On a rough day, I found this promise-filled video so strongly shoring up my faith, and the absolutely terrific voice of Martin Smith, filling my heart with comfort,” comments one fan at the YouTube site. “I tend to forget that the Lord is ‘HERE’ with me every moment, especially when I am down. Joshua 3:10 tells us ‘The Living God is among you’…thank you Integrity Music and Martin for helping me to grasp that.”
“Emmanuel” is one of several anthems on Back To The Start written and recorded with Martin’s extended community of artists/songwriters. The collection also features co-writes with Michael W. Smith, Chris Tomlin, Rend Collective Members (Gareth Gilkeson, Chris Llewellyn), Tim Hughes, Reuben Morgan and more.
Back To The Start further features “Song Of Solomon,” a song Martin describes as “one of the most intimate songs I’ve ever written,” a duet with Sarah Bird on “Waiting Here For You,” and vocals from Martin’s daughter Elle-Anna on the bonus track, “God’s Great Dance Floor.” Elle-Anna is further featured in the lead role of Martin’s video, “Back To The Start (God’s Great Dance Floor),” which has received over 725,000 YouTube views. Written by Martin, Nick Herbert and Chris Tomlin, “God’s Great Dance Floor” has sparked a dance-revival among the faithful.
In addition to the music, the Digital Deluxe version of the album features five never-before-released videos, including the “Back To The Start” and “Emmanuel” videos mentioned above, plus “Waiting Here For You,” “Awake My Soul” and “You Are My Salvation.”
The full Back To The Start album track listing follows:
1. Back To The Start
3. Fire Never Sleeps
4. Waiting Here For You (feat. Sarah Bird)
5. You Are My Salvation
7. Only Got Eyes
8. Great Is Your Faithfulness
9. Redemption Day
10. Awake My Soul
11. Song Of Solomon
12. Shepherd Boy
13. God's Great Dance Floor (Feat. Elle-Anna Smith) Bonus
Taking these new songs and Delirious? fan favorites on the road, Smith will be hitting 10-cities throughout the UK on “Martin Smith’s God’s Great Club Tour.” For all the latest tour updates and more, go to http://martinsmith.tv.
When Martin and his band Delirious? emerged in the U.S. back in 1997, having already impacted a generation of UK youth with its passionate call for revival, most agree that the modern worship movement officially began. The hope of that movement and the music that came out of it—“I Could Sing of Your Love Forever,” “Deeper,” “Did You Feel The Mountains Tremble?,” “Majesty,” “Shout To The North” and a string of other modern worship standards—has irrevocably changed the landscape of Christian music in North America and around the world. Long before 2009’s farewell concert, RIAA certified Gold-selling and GRAMMY nominated band Delirious? had become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Like their song “History Maker” that landed on 1998’s King of Fools, the band became ‘history makers’ themselves.
Still making relevant music, Martin’s Back To The Start springs from a man revived and excited to once again play a lead role in the ongoing call to worship, a passionate model for young worship leaders of today. For all the latest information on Martin Smith, go to http://martinsmith.tv, @MartinSmithTV and www.facebook.com/martinsmithtv.