Nashville’s Cross Point Music releases its debut LP, Never Going Back, today (July 23) from Centricity Music. Written and recorded by this collective of nearly 400 volunteer musicians, vocalists and songwriters anchored by worship leaders Mike Grayson and Cheryl Stark, the new seven-song LP is available now at digital and streaming outlets everywhere.
Written and recorded during the incredibly tough pandemic season that began right after their main downtown Nashville church campus was largely destroyed by a tornado, Never Going Back is the result of the Cross Point Music team realizing that God has been moving them forward even as the world seemed to stop.
“We have learned so much about worship and who God is that we never want to go back,” affirms Grayson. “We all learned how to worship again from a place of ‘I’ve got nothing but me and my room.’ No stage, no lights, no people even. You’re singing to a phone and it’s like, ‘Lord, I trust that you are going to use it.’”
“I’m so pumped for people to experience what came from these songs and these recordings,” continues Grayson. “The fact that this recording all happened in the last year is only a God thing. That we were able to write, record and videotape songs….it is a celebration of what God did and what He is continuing to do.”
“My prayer is that our church and the people of God would see that His faithfulness has gotten them to where they are,” adds Stark, calling attention to Psalm 126. “…and the prayers that they prayed in their darkest moments, they will return back home with armfuls of laughter and blessing.”
Along with the title track, Never Going Back features lead single, “Oh The Wonder,” which is led by Grayson and co-written by Grayson, Stark, Heath Balltzglier (North Point Worship) and Matt Armstrong. The song was written last August as members of the Cross Point Music worship team were prayerfully asking God, “Where are we and where do we need to go? What’s next? Lord give us a song for where you are taking us.”
Like the single, every song on the new album was organically birthed from the worship emanating from Cross Point Church, which serves about 10,000 people across six campuses in and around Music City.