Chris Renzema Releases Highly Anticipated Third Album September 3


Acclaimed singer / songwriter Chris Renzema releases two songs today (June 25) from his third full-length and second Centricity Music album, Get Out of the Way of Your Own Heart, which is set to release Sept. 3 and is available to preorder / add / save now. The double-sided single includes both the title track and “Stronger Love (feat. Leeland),” each with lyrics that cut to the bone while singing about hope and echoing the universality of both pain and praise.

The progression to the new album began with more than 36 million audio streams of Renzema’s independent project, I’ll Be The Branches, that was a personal, but less autobiographical, worship album. This recording was followed by the sophomore, Centricity Music debut Let The Ground Rest that sparked more than 90 million streams and began to reveal more of his life story weaved into the songs. Receiving well-over one million Spotify track saves over the last year, a 2020 Pandora “Artist to Watch” nod and a GMA Dove Award nomination for “New Artist of the Year,” Get Out of the Way of Your Own Heart continues Renzema’s more personal trajectory.

“I feel like a lot of what I was struggling with over the last year-and-a-half was mostly about me standing in my own way,” shares Renzema. “In the song, ‘Get Out of the Way of Your Own Heart,’ the lyric of the bridge encourages, Take yourself down off the line, give yourself a little grace. A lot of this new album is me trying to express and process feeling a little subpar and trying to allow myself to feel OK and to be a little nicer to myself.”

Along with the title track, this unique thematic mix is apparent in “Stronger Love,” which was co-written by and features Leeland Mooring. “We wrote ‘Stronger Love’ when things were viscerally divided in our nation, with culture preaching that the solution was somewhere within ourselves. So the song became about having an anchor and a hope in something bigger than us,” relays Renzema.

“Honestly, a lot of the sounds and songs on this record are coming from a place of like, ‘man I wish I could be playing fun music again live’,” continues Renzema. “This new album is very much geared towards being played in concerts, sang along to, rocked out to.”

Like his desire for real connections, music fans are responding similarly, scarfing up tickets as Renzema gears up for his 29-city, 32 concert “Hope or Nostalgia” fall tour. With sell-outs already logged, the tour has added second shows in select markets as ticket sales for every concert are nearing capacity.

With Renzema’s groundswell continuing to organically build, he is on the road for the first time since his 2020 tour into well-known clubs across the country was virtually sold out before being cancelled due to the pandemic. Renzema is now rebooked into many of those same markets with some of the locations changing to larger venues to accommodate demand for tickets. Rebooked cities include Cleveland, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Cincinnati and Nashville. The tour also travels to New York City, Houston, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Tampa and more. (See full tour itinerary below.)


Chris Renzema “Hope or Nostalgia” tour itinerary:

Sep 7             Saint Louis, MO       Off Broadway Nightclub                  Tickets

Sep 8             Kansas City, MO      The Truman                                     Tickets

Sep 10           Waco, TX                 Common Grounds                           Sold Out

Sep 11           Waco, TX                  Common Grounds                           Sold Out

Sep 12           Fort Worth, TX          Common Grounds Ft. Worth           Sold Out

Sep 13           Fort Worth, TX          Common Grounds Ft. Worth           Tickets

Sep 15           Austin, TX                 Empire Garage                                Tickets

Sep 16           Houston, TX             Warehouse Live – The Studio          Tickets

Sep 18           Jackson, MS             Duling Hall                                       Tickets

Sep 19           Oxford, MS                Proud Larry’s                                   Tickets

Sep 21           Tuscaloosa, AL          Druid City Music Hall                       Tickets

Sep 22           Athens, GA                Georgia Theatre                               Tickets

Sep 24           Gainesville, FL          High Dive                                          Tickets

Sep 25           Tampa, FL                 Crowbar                                            Tickets

Sep 26           Jacksonville, FL        Murray Hill Theatre                           Tickets

Sep 28           Atlanta, GA                The Loft                                            Tickets

Sep 29           Asheville, NC             The Grey Eagle                               Tickets

Oct 4              Washington, DC        Union Stage                                     Tickets

Oct 5              Philadelphia, PA        World Cafe Live – Upstairs              Tickets

Oct 6              New York, NY            Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 2        Tickets

Oct 9              Pittsburgh, PA           Jergel’s                                             Tickets

Oct 10            Cincinnati, OH           Ludlow Garage                                 Tickets

Oct 12            Nashville, TN             Brooklyn Bowl                                  Tickets

Oct 13            Indianapolis, IN         Deluxe at Old National Centre         Tickets

Oct 15            Columbus, OH          A&R Music Bar/Newport                  Tickets

Oct 16            Cleveland, OH          The Grog Shop                                Tickets

Oct 17            Grand Rapids, MI     Pyramid Scheme                             Sold Out

Oct 18            Evanston, IL              Evanston SPACE                            Sold Out

Oct 20            Milwaukee, WI          The Back Room @ Colectivo          Tickets

Oct 21            Minneapolis, MN      Fine Line Music Café                       Tickets

Oct 25            Knoxville, TN            Open Chord Music                          Sold Out

Oct 25            Knoxville, TN            Open Chord Music                          Tickets

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