Hello! My name is Caroline Cobb, and I'm a singer-songwriter that loves to tell God's stories from scripture through music. I am so excited to let you know that a new album is coming soon, thanks to a successful Kickstarter, backed by many of you. We are calling the new album A HOME + A HUNGER, and it's centered around the theme of kingdom hope.
It all started in 2011 when I began to work on crazy goal to write a song from every book of the Bible in a year. And wow, what an incredibly transforming and rewarding season of writing. In 2013, I released the Blood + the Breath using many of those songs. That album traced the big story of redemption from creation to Christ's return, by parachuting into biblical scenes like the Passover, or Isaiah's description of the suffering servant, or the story of Jesus's agony in the Garden of Gethsemane. Since 2013, I've played concerts and led worship with the hope that my songs could help people journey through the redemption narrative in scripture and walk away wanting more of Him and His Word. His big Story anchors my small story, and it's filled with incredibly good news. I love to get to share it through music; it's a privilege.
THE NEW ALBUM.... A HOME + A HUNGER: SONGS OF KINGDOM HOPE!
While the last album looked back at the "climax" of the Story and what we are redeemed from (Jesus's death and resurrection redeems us from sin and death!), the songs for the new album seem to look forward to the end of the Story and how we are redeemed to a certain kind of kingdom and King. Beginning with the fall into sin and ending with a song from the last chapters of Revelation, the album touches on several themes under the umbrella of "kingdom hope": the hunger we feel as "sojourners and exiles" (1 Peter 2:11, Heb 11:13), the hope we have in the future kingdom when He makes His home with us forever, the humility with which Jesus made His home with us, and the "upside-downness" of God's economy of grace. Here is the song list so far, to give you an idea:
Song List (listen to clips on Instagram at #ahomeandahunger)
(1) There is a Mountain (Intro song drawing from Isaiah) / (2) Eve's Lament (Genesis, the fall) / (3) He Has Made a Way (Red Sea story in Exodus) / (4) All is Vanity (Ecclesiastes) / (6) Fullness of Joy (Psalm 16) / (7) Pave Every Road (John the Baptist & Isaiah) / (8) Emmanuel (Every Promise Yes in Him) / (9) Only the Sick Need a Physician (gospels) / (10) The Two Lost Sons (gospels) / (11) We Draw Near (Hebrews) / (12) Behold, God Makes His Home with Us (Revelation 21-22).
WHY IT MATTERS:
First, my hope for this new album (and the last album too), is that it would help you rehearse God's Story of redemption and hope in your everyday lives - while you're washing dishes, working at your desk, driving carpool - and that it would be a tool for you to tell others about this Story.
Second, I pray these songs give hope. I pray they give hope to those who are suffering, as it reminds them of their true, eternal home. I pray it gives hope to those who are feeling condemned under the weight of their sin, as it reminds them of what kind of King Jesus really was, and who will inherit His kingdom. In the past 3.5 years of writing, I think I was drawn to these passages because I personally needed to be reminded of the hope of the gospel in both of these areas.
THE FUN DETAILS!
This spring, I'll be recording in Nashville with producer Gabe Scott (Andrew Peterson, Jenny & Tyler). I know Gabe will stretch me, understand the vision and ideas behind the album, and help these songs become better than I could even imagine on my own. We will be working together in March, April and May, and I hope to release the album by the end of June.
THANK YOU & HOW TO STAY CONNECTED
If you were part of the Kickstarter campaign, THANK YOU! I can't wait to send you the pre-release and all of your other rewards. It is such a gift to have community around me as I step into this process, and I will do my best to make an album worthy of your patronage! If you would like to stay up-to-date on the album release, sign up for my newsletter via the form below and I'll keep you in the loop.
Here we go!!!