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Exclusive: Justin Gambino Shares Deeply Personal Prodigal Theme That Shaped ‘Made New’

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Since 2015, acclaimed Texas-based singer/songwriter Justin Gambino has been developing an enthusiastic following across the United States and around the world with his charismatic live performances and hope-filled anthems. With an EP, a full-length recording, and numerous cinematic music videos to his credit, Gambino’s signature songs include “Your Hands & Feet,” “Anchored” and “Going Under.” He’s performed at festivals, churches, camps and other venues, opening for such genre leaders as TobyMac, for KING + COUNTRY, Crowder, Casting Crowns, Skillet and Switchfoot.

Gambino’s testimony is a consistent theme in his music and ministry. A rebellious teen, he was arrested for theft at the age of 18. Opting for military enlistment and community service in lieu of incarceration, he spent eight years in the US Navy. While serving in Iraq, Gambino was asked to lead worship on base, rekindling a love for music he first embraced as a child. Battling PTSD and anger issues following his military service, Gambino turned to alcohol and spiraled into depression and despair. One night, on the floor of his apartment, he cried out to God for help and a new journey of redemption, hope and purpose began. Coming full circle, Gambino now holds the Brazoria County Revival each year on the steps of the Texas courthouse where he was sentenced as a teen.

Made New, the second full-length studio recording from Gambino, is set to release on August 25. Tracing his prodigal years and the abounding grace and mercy he embraced when he finally returned to the Father, Made New was produced by Nashville-based session player and producer Walter Halliwell. An autobiographical collection of emotive pop anthems and vulnerable ballads, Made New features 13 selections all written or co-penned by Gambino.

In this TCB exclusive, Gambino details the four-year journey to creating Made New and how the theme of the collection changed as he listened to God’s calling. Gambino talks about the tracks and lyrics he is most excited to share with listeners. Gambino discusses his headlining ‘Made New’ tour, which kicked off last month and runs through the fall. Finally, Gambino shares a message of encouragement and impact for those who will listen to this project.

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