Mark Bishop Returns with "I Met Somebody On The Way To The Cemetery"

Mark Bishop

After the "heart project" of 2021's Appalachian-flavored, all-acoustic Some Distant Mountain, acclaimed Southern Gospel singer and songwriter Mark Bishop returns to form with "I Met Somebody On The Way To The Cemetery," a mesmerizing, minor-key look at Christ's redemptive power. Following producer Jeff Collins' evocative organ introduction, Bishop's meditative vocal begins to recount a simple yet profound story:

There was a funeral march in the town of Nain.
The widow's son in death's domain.
Till Jesus walked by and He changed the game
When He said, "Young man arise..."

The song's powerful lyric unfolds over a hushed yet driving arrangement, supported by empathetic harmonies from Freddie Ratliff and 11th Hour's Amber Eppinette Saunders and punctuated by multi-instrumentalist David Johnson's harmonica and an appropriately spare piano solo. Still, the focus stays fixed on its essential message, fleshed out in two additional verses that recount Jesus' resurrection and the narrator's own salvation and a memorable chorus:

They met somebody on the way to the cemetery.
They should've been afraid but they weren't very.
He came to give life, and not to bury.
They met somebody on the way... to the cemetery. 

"I was in a service where a friend of mine was preaching," recalls Bishop. "He was talking about how hopeless our journey would be without Jesus, and then he said, 'But I met somebody on the way to the cemetery!' I believe that that message should resonate with all of us who have found Jesus Christ. I had no hope of getting into heaven, but thank God I met somebody on the way to the cemetery."  

The song is streaming in Dolby Atmos spatial audio on Apple Music, TIDAL and Amazon MusicDolby Atmos is a sound experience you can feel all around you. Familiar from its "surround sound" application in thousands of movie theaters" Dolby Atmos reveals "depth, clarity and details like never before."

Listen to "I Met Somebody On The Way To The Cemetery" HERE

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