Juno Award winning Canadian Christian Pop group The Color is set to release their much anticipated No Greater Love album on October 22 via DREAM Records. The Color has previewed the new collection with several pre-release tracks that showcase a wide array of instrumentation and vocal range. You can pre-order/pre-save No Greater Love now. In this TCB Exclusive, lead singer Jordan Janzen talks about the meaning behind the album’s title, the record’s unconventional writing/recording process and how he will define success for the LP.
Can you talk about the album title No Greater Love and the meaning behind it?
Absolutely! If you do check out the album you will notice that there is a song of the same title and the meaning behind it is that there is no greater love than the love that God shows us. As we listened to all of the songs together, we felt like that was a recurring theme. Whether it be in the form of His strength, His presence through hardship, or His faithfulness, to give a few examples. We felt like it was a statement that represents the entire album.
From the pre-release tracks, we have gotten a sense of the awesome collaborators that have been involved in this project. Can you share some highlights?
Yes! We have been really fortunate to be able to collaborate with so many talented people while creating this album. One of the big highlights was being able to have Bede Benjamin-Korporaal fly up to Canada to produce the majority of the album, in our own ‘backyard’. With the health restrictions at the time, we were only able to pull this off if we all isolated, together, for 14 days. My parents have a studio on their farm and they took off for two weeks, so we could take over. Though it was definitely hard to be away from our families for that entire time, the recording process was a dream come true. 14 days of uninterrupted creativity. Bede was also a huge part of the album coming together and it was a highlight, as a whole, to work with him.
We have also loved our co-writing teams and other producers. Lauren Hungate and Jonathan Gamble are writers that we are certain you will hear more of in the future. Writing with some of our musical heroes like Jeff Owen (Tenth Avenue North) was another highlight. Most of these songs were written over Zoom and so many people were willing to take the time to write in an ‘unconventional’ way. Working with every writer on this album was a highlight. And, for the digital release, we have had Neon Feather come on board for a couple of remixes. That has been another highlight as he is such a good dude and he always kills it.
Of the tracks yet to be released, which song do you think the world most needs to hear now in its current state?
I think ‘Better Way’ is really relevant to the state of the world. The song wrestles with the reality of our small human perspective. We want to know why something is happening. We desire control and clarity when facing uncertain times. ‘Better Way’ reminds us that, though we only see a small part of the picture, God sees it all. We can walk in faith trusting that, though it may not unfold as we hoped or expected, He is leading us a Better Way.
How would you describe the sound of this project to new listeners?
Why is this the most difficult question to answer? [Laughs.] The sound is pop, with elements of worship throughout. Heavy focus on the vocals, sweet harmonies and special little guitar ditties. The foundation is a great song.
How are you looking to define success for this project?
We write the songs with the hope that they will impact people. Naturally, we have a desire for that to be on a larger scale than our last release and we think that our partnership with Dream Records will allow for that to happen. That being said, success will be defined by the impact that it has on those who hear it. We hope it will encourage and challenge people in their faith journey; that these songs will draw them to Jesus. Realistically, with the number of singles we’ve released from the album, we’ve already had the privilege of hearing a number of stories of how these songs have done that, which is an amazing thing.
Who, or what, is currently providing inspiration for you, either musically or spiritually?
Mike Donehey, formerly of Tenth Avenue North, has a great new solo album that has been really inspiring for me, both musically and spiritually. I’ve also started reading ‘The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry: How to Stay Emotionally Healthy and Spiritually Alive in the Chaos of the Modern World’ by John Mark Comer and it has been challenging!
What are you most expectant for in the remainder of 2021?
Well, we have a few bookings on the calendar that look like they are actually going to happen! We are partnering with the Billy Graham Association for a couple of Celebrations, in the coming weeks, and we are really looking forward to getting on an airplane, sharing some new music and seeing people come to Jesus. We have partnered with them since 2015 and we have great admiration for their commitment to sharing the gospel.