UK-based worship leader and songwriter Ian Yates releases Part 2 of his two-part new album Between the Joy and the Sorrow today. Part 1 was released earlier this year on June 24th. Part 2 features 9 new songs that speak about living in the tension of life's joys and sorrows.
Yates announces, "These songs we're finished nearly 12 months ago, yet they've took on new meaning and are more real to me today - My prayer is that these songs bring hope to those who have been disillusioned and remind those who have been disappointed that there is a light in the darkness, there is a Father who loves His children. I hope people can relate to the songs and remember to look to Jesus and not man."
Musically, Yates found inspiration in a number of singer/songwriters including, 70's folk singer Nick Drake, Foy Vance, Alexi Murdoch, Bob Dylan and the 'Nebraska' album from Bruce Springsteen. Many of the songs are stripped back musically focusing on the lyrical content.
Yates says, "I wanted to write really honest songs, I've always tried to write songs of truth and authentic songs of hope. These songs are born out of the last two years as we've navigated this pandemic. Throughout this time I have come back to a simple trust in God. Often I found myself disappointed with the things I'd seen. I found myself getting frustrated and lost in the opinions of people, the many perceptions of God, the incorrect prophecies, the politics and politicians.
"But at the end of the day I'm only responsible for myself and I had to look at myself and say, am I living a life of true devotion and worship? Am I living the way of Jesus? There's a lot of strong voices out there and am I listening to Gods voice? Over the last 2 years I've felt like I've been living in the tensions of God's faithfulness and provision, yet facing struggles and wrestling with the things I'd seen. My prayer is that these songs bring hope to those who have been disillusioned and remind those who have been disappointed that there is a light in the darkness, there is a Father who loves his children."