CCM veteran band Third Day makes an impressive debut with their new album on the Billboard Christian Albums chart this week. Their 13th album Revival enters at No. 2. Revival marks Third Day's 15th Top Christian Albums top 10, a total that includes seven No. 1s. The new album's title-track first single climbs to a new peak on Hot Christian Songs (32-27).
Regarding their new single "Revival," John Lawhon of WBRS/Baltimore has shared, "You can't help but smile when you hear 'Revival'. The joy from the performance is simply contagious and you can tell the guys had a blast creating this song! I'm always looking for songs that rise above the noise and cut through. That could be in lyric/message, performance or in production. In the case of 'Revival' it hits all of them."
While making Revival, THIRD DAY returned to their deep musical roots by deciding to record at the legendary Fame Studios located in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
"It's one of those 'if these walls could talk' kind of things," drummer David Carr shares. "With all of the incredible hits, the sounds the melodies that have been created in [that] space, some of that you hope that it rubs off a little bit."The fruition is the 13 songs found on Revival, a deeply Gospel-oriented album with "a blend of now, yesterday and today," Mac Powell shares. "It's like an old-school Gospel record in that kind of way."
Partnering again with their long-time producer, mentor and friend Monroe Jones (1999's Time, 2000's Offerings: A Worship Album, 2001's Come Together), THIRD DAY also joined with members of their touring band in the studio. The entire recording process was a true collaboration, with no set agenda or charts and everyone just bringing in ideas.
"We'd just get together and start playing, and it just worked," explains Mark Lee.Carr continues, "It's been a really fun experience to just explore these new spaces for us musically, sonically. You know you're on to something when it just seems to catch fire on its own and become a thing that's bigger than you."
"We started out in high school and we were these young kids excited about our faith and about using music to share our faith," Lee concludes. "Here we are all these years later and I still feel that, I still feel that He's got something to say through us." It's a REVIVAL, indeed.