It's a new season for Jimmy Needham. The nearly decade-long career and six record releases of the twenty-eight-year-old Texas native have put him on the map as much more than a soulful crooner. Needham has built a reputation for himself as a thinker, a challenger, and a wordsmith. After his release of Clear the Stage (2012), Needham parted ways with long-time label, Inpop Records, and set out on his own to brave the waters of an independent record release. Now an indie with big vision for the future, years of experience under his belt, and a loyal fan base to boot, Needham is excited to debut his new album, The Hymns Sessions – Vol. 1.
As far as new seasons go, this will be Needham's first release to be completely self-produced, a long time dream of the industry almost-veteran. "Truth be told," says Needham, "The Hymns Sessions was not originally meant for the public at all. I produced this album as a 'thank you' to my Kickstarter supporters (kickstarter.com is an online project fundraiser). We had a shoestring budget and a short amount of time to finish it. I was so encouraged when I followed up with everyone later that year. They couldn't stop talking about how much they were enjoying these ten hymns I sent them! The idea to take these songs public seemed like a good next move."
Fans and critics have always agreed there's something special about what Jimmy Needham says in his songs. It's no wonder, then, he chose to do business with the rich lyrical tradition of the ancient hymns for his first specialty project. "The poetic clarity these writers had highlighted showed not only their theological prowess, but their passion for making great art. I'm very excited to be exposing more folks my age to something so timeless."
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