Village Lights' "Promise Land" Was Inspired by a Zulu Folk Protest Song

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The multi-cultural worship collective, Village Lights release their new single "Promised Land" today. The single, inspired by a Zulu folk protest song, speaks of how there's always hope for the believer who is struggling in life. Credited as the songwriters for the single are Ike Ndolo, Rickey Vazquez, Sarah Kroger, Taylor Leonhardt, Matt Maher, and Gracia Grindal. 

This is what the press release says about the song, "Village Lights unveil a whole new universe of truth and joy, inviting the listener to join in worship with them. Yet again, 'Promised Land' is another example of the band's heart to foster a community of worshippers centred around God's inviting love, and the international flavour laced inside the new song places inclusivity and reconciliation in the central spot! Village Lights are trailblazing a new experience in the realm of devotion, justice and unity."

Shake the dust off my feet/Follow the fire that's leading me/I will trust in the Son of man/Wherever You are is my promised land 

"Music is always best when made in a community," shares multiple GRAMMY-nominated worship leader Matt Maher, a mentor and producer to the group. "This requires such a level of trust. Every great artist knows this fundamental truth. Art is something best shared. I love this group and their willingness to include so many in their journey of creativity and am honored to help them as a producer bring this treatment of the end of the liturgical year into a collective work of song for the Church and for the pilgrimage of the believer."

Earlier this year, the band released their debut self-titled EP, which introduced their heartbeat; one of unity, inclusivity and reconciliation wrapped in worshipful devotion. Seeing themselves as more than a band, but rather a movement for those who seek justice in our world and Church. 

Village Lights was birthed from the relationship of three independent artists who often found themselves leading worship together at youth conferences, and discovering a shared desire to create more modern worship music for more liturgical church spaces. Recording and releasing their first project during the challenging circumstances of 2020-21 brought a new sense of the crucial importance of community for the band, and they are now readier than ever to let the light of Christ shine through their music.   

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