UK worship leader and songwriter Luke Wareham will be releasing his new single "Come Home (Featuring Marc James)" on June 24. The song is part of Luke's new 5 track EP Pure Heart which will be released on August 12.
The new EP was produced by Dan Stirling, mastered by Tim Gosden and distributed via Wings Music Group. The EP will feature collaborations with Chris Sayburn, Donna Akodu, Lou Fellingham, Marc James and Michelle Lutz.
We are honored to catch up with Luke for this exclusive interview.
Q: Luke, thanks for doing this interview with us. Let's start with yourself: tell us a little about your current ministry.
I am based in Bristol in the UK and work as an youth worker for Bristol City Council helping young people with their mental wellbeing. Alongside I lead worship in my local church, love songwriting and encouraging others to be creative. I have new EP coming out in August 'Pure Heart' which I cannot wait for everyone to hear. I've got a busy summer where I will be leading worship at various Christian festivals which I cannot wait for.
Q: How was your new EP conceived?
I have been writing these songs over the past year and I saved up to get the songs produced and had some really kind people support me in producing the songs. I love to write songs straight from reading the Bible and often feel most inspired by worshipping on my own at home. Some of my songwriting friends helped me get the songs finished and then I went up to Manchester to get the songs produced by the amazing Dan Stilring and then they got mastered by Tim Gosden. I am really excited about releasing these songs and have been using them when worshipping at my local church.
Q: You have quite a few notable collaborators on this new EP. Share with us who they are and how you came to work with them.
The EP features collaborations with some of my songwriting and worship leader friends and people I really look up too and admire including:- Chris Sayburn, Donna Akodu, Lou Fellingham, Marc James and Michelle Lutz. They all bring so much to the songs and it is such a privilege to have them as part of the EP.
Q: Any interesting stories to share as you were working with these collaborators?
It was really cool to collaborate with Michelle Lutz who is based in America and it was fun to record virtually from another country --- Dan did a great job getting the song together! 'Pure Heart' is my first song recorded across seas!
Q: What is your new single "Come Home" about? Why are you excited about it?
"Come Home" is a song for those seeking a fresh encounter with God and a call for the prodigals to come home. The song came about as I was reading and reflecting on the story of the prodigal son in the Bible whilst songwriting with my wife Katie and friend Matt Caddick. I was inspired by Psalm 55 and Matthew 11 which describe a loving God who is kind, will never leave us and is willing to take on our burdens just like the Father does in the prodigal son story. He doesn't turn him away, he calls for him to come home and desires to take care of his child'. I am excited about the song as it was written as I was reading the Bible and spoke into my everyday life situations.
Q: How do you wish these new songs would impact your listeners?
My prayer in releasing the songs is that the songs would help people to have life changing encounters with Jesus, that connect them to the heart of God for their life and that the songs will speak into everyday life situations. Ultimately my hope is that the songs will draw people to Jesus.
You can download Luke Wareham's music HERE.