About the Artist
Audrey Assad is the daughter of a Syrian refugee, an author, speaker, producer, and critically lauded songwriter and musician. She releases music she calls “soundtracks for prayer” on the label Fortunate Fall Records, which she co-owns with her husband, and has also penned contemplative songs of worship for Matt Maher, Christy Nockels, Brett Younker, Sarah Hart, Meredith Andrews, and others—Audrey’s passion is to write fragrant, prayerful music that truly leads to encountering Jesus Christ, even in the silence of the heart. Her first solo album was awarded the iTunes Christian Breakthrough Album of the Year in 2010 as she went on to be nominated for two Dove Awards. That same year, she sang her song “WinterSnow” on Chris Tomlin’s certified Gold record Glory in the Highest. In 2013, Audrey set out on her own, self-producing the album Fortunate Fall — with songs such as “I Shall Not Want” being featured in the New York Times.
On February 12, 2016, Audrey will release her next major offering, Inheritance— a collection of hymns and originals that both pays homage to her childhood heritage and to her Catholic faith and charismatic spirituality. In many ways, a hymns album is a return home for Audrey who grew up learning to sing in a Plymouth Brethren community. “I was raised in a church where we didn’t use any instruments on Sunday mornings,” Assad notes. “I learned to sing there, from the old hymnbooks, in four-part harmony, with my family and my neighbors. It was multi-generational, it was deep and rich and beautiful, and like most of my favorite worship music, it was steeped in community.” The record blends these influences and infuses them with a truly modern sensibility—Inheritance is Audrey’s endeavor to honor her roots and, inspired by them, craft something fresh, fragrant, and new. Audrey has approached this collection of songs with a sense of delicate appreciation balanced with artistic integrity. In an effort to highlight the beauty of the hymns, without trampling them underfoot, she has crafted a highly unique soundscape through a cinematic-styled approach. The rich, lush textures and wide, expansive rhythms allow Audrey’s voice to glide effortlessly over a landscape of prayerful contemplation. And then, in the album’s quite moments, Audrey’s signature piano playing and pure vocal tone create a familiar and calming place for the listener. Audrey sums it up this way: “I knew that Inheritance had to be much more than me going into the studio and simply doing pretty renditions of hymns we all know and love. I couldn’t be satisfied with that—I had to make something both bright and dark—colored honestly with my own doubts and weaknesses, so that the Lord who inspired these songs could be even more visible in it. Inheritance is an offering I am humbled, privileged, and challenged to make—and I pray it will be a gift to anyone who hears it.”