Worship leaders, songwriters and husband/wife Jonathan David and Melissa Helser internationally released their eighth recording and first new album in four years, Beautiful Surrender, Sept. 30 from Bethel Music and through Provident Distribution. In its first week at retail, the acclaimed project went to No. 1 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart, held the No. 1 position on the iTunes Christian & Gospel Albums chart all week and launched all the way to No. 2 for a time on the iTunes overall Albums chart.
The Helser’s first studio release as part of the Bethel Music Artist Collective, Beautiful Surrender invites listeners to find true joy in surrender without reservation to God. Writing or co-writing all the songs, and recorded the album with Grammy Award-winning, four-time Gospel Music Association Dove Award-winning “Producer of the Year,” Ed Cash, the husband and wife duo trade lead vocals across the album’s tracks. They also decorate each arrangement with intricate harmonies along with instrumentation from their band, the Cageless Birds.
Culminating the first week’s sales success of Beautiful Surrender, the Helser’s were honored with their first GMA Dove Award for “Worship Song of the Year” for their hit single, “No Longer Slaves,” which is featured as a bonus song on the new album. The Helser’s further led the song live Oct. 11 on the 47th Annual GMA Dove Awards show that lifted the sold-out crowd at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena to their feet in worship.
Along with the Helser’s Dove Award, the Bethel Music community of worship artists and songwriters emerging from Bethel Church in Redding, CA collectively garnered their first-ever Doves across four categories after receiving an unprecedented 10 Dove Award nominations. Their awards include “Inspirational Album of the Year” for Amanda Cook’s No. 1 Christian and Top 20 Billboard overall album, Brave New World, “Children’s Music Album of the Year” for Bethel Music Kids’ first CD/DVD Come Alive and “Instrumental Album of the Year” for Bethel Music’s second, all instrumental, full-length album, Without Words: Synesthesia.
Following Sunday’s broadcast of the award show, members of the Bethel Music Artist Collective will appear on the Grand Ole Opry stage Monday, Oct. 17, as part of the Bethel Music “Worship Nights” East Coast U.S.A. tour. Featured at this event will be Brian and Jenn Johnson, Amanda Cook, Steffany Gretzinger, Jonathan David and Melissa Helser, Kristene DiMarco, Kalley Heiligenthal, Paul and Hannah McClure and Josh Baldwin, as well as special guests, Francesca Battistelli, Lisa Bevere and Havilah Cunnington.
Taking its award winning new music and worship favorites to sold out events in major markets coast-to-coast and around the world, Bethel Music will also record their next live album during the East Coast tour, marking the first time for them to record an album while ‘on the road.’