Acclaimed Christian music singer/songwriter and worship leader Charles Billingsley returns April 10 with the release of I Was Made For This, his first studio project in two years. The highly anticipated StowTown Records (Provident/Sony) set was produced by Keith Everette Smith-a multi-GRAMMY® and Dove Award winner and member of TobyMac's Diverse City Band-and showcases newly-penned originals alongside classic pop favorites.
Billingsley co-wrote half of the album's 12 selections, and the project also features contributions from such award-winning writers as Paul Baloche, Krissy Nordhoff, Tony Wood and Michael Neale, among others. Highlighted by the new title-track, a vibrant worship anthem declaring the Savior's glory, I Was Made For This also includes "Rise Up," co-written by Billingsley and Baloche; the introspective "Sing For My Soul"; and "Spirit of God," featuring singer/songwriter Tasha Layton.
In addition, I Was Made For This showcases a new arrangement of Newsboys' megahit anthem "We Believe," as well as covers of two 1980s favorites: Mr. Mister's "Kyrie" and the poignant "Fragile," written and originally recorded by Sting.
"The album as a whole is simply a reminder of why we're on this earth-we were made to worship the Lord," Billingsley adds. "All things were made by Him and for Him, and our purpose is to bring glory and honor to Him. Every song relates to that theme in one way or another. I intentionally wanted to take listeners on a journey addressing why we exist; the reality of sin; the reality of the Gospel; and finally, worship. The end of the album is a series of powerful moments of worship that celebrate the Hope we have in Him."
Launching his career nearly three decades ago as a lead vocalist for GRAMMY®-nominated genre giants NewSong, Charles Billingsley has since headlined more than 3,200 concerts, released 23 recordings as a solo artist and garnered seven #1 Inspirational radio hits. A sought-after worship leader and speaker, Billingsley currently serves as the teaching pastor and worship leader at Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Virginia, as well as an adjunct instructor at Liberty University. He is also the worship leader for such popular events as Women of Joy, Gridiron Men's Conference and Celebrators Conference, among others. Billingsley's critically acclaimed StowTown Records debut, Right Here, released in 2016.