Acclaimed singer / songwriter Chris Renzema returns on September 3rd with his third full-length album Get Out of the Way of Your Own Heart. The new album features the title cut which is touted as one of Renzema's most personal songs, coming out of a difficult season. You can pre-save/pre-order the album HERE.
"I feel like a lot of what I was struggling with over the last year-and-a-half was mostly about me standing in my own way," shares Renzema. "In the song, 'Get Out of the Way of Your Own Heart,' the lyric of the bridge encourages, Take yourself down off the line, give yourself a little grace. A lot of this new album is me trying to express and process feeling a little subpar and trying to allow myself to feel OK and to be a little nicer to myself."
Renzema continues, "Making this record was a truly cathartic process for me / budget therapy for the insanity of being a human. I spent the better part of 2020 drinking a lot of Lacroix with my friend Hank Bentley and verbally processing all that was happening and by the end of it we had recorded an entire album. I am so excited for you to hear the whole thing, but for now here ya go."
Along with the title track, this unique thematic mix is apparent in "Stronger Love," which was co-written by and features Leeland Mooring. "We wrote 'Stronger Love' when things were viscerally divided in our nation, with culture preaching that the solution was somewhere within ourselves. So the song became about having an anchor and a hope in something bigger than us," relays Renzema.
"Honestly, a lot of the sounds and songs on this record are coming from a place of like, 'man I wish I could be playing fun music again live'," continues Renzema. "This new album is very much geared towards being played in concerts, sang along to, rocked out to."
Get Out of the Way follows on the heels of Renzema's the sophomore album Let The Ground Rest which sparked more than 90 million streams and began to reveal more of his life story weaved into the songs. Receiving well-over one million Spotify track saves over the last year, a 2020 Pandora "Artist to Watch" nod and a GMA Dove Award nomination for "New Artist of the Year,"
Renzema will be promoting the new record during his 29-city, 32 concert "Hope or Nostalgia" fall tour that begins Sept. 7. With at least 11 sell-outs already logged, the tour has added second shows in select markets as ticket sales for every concert are nearing capacity. (See tour sizzle reel at this link.)