'&' is out now!
Having recently celebrated the first anniversary of his ambitiously ground-breaking Heart & Soul triple album release, Eric Church fans everywhere can now enjoy the middle instalment of the project, with the & album previously available only to the Church Choir now offered publicly via standard CD, black vinyl, and digital platforms.
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Like chart-topping bookends Heart and Soul, & is the result of the famed marathon session Church spent sequestered in rural North Carolina, writing and recording a song from start to finish each day for nearly a month. Church’s Heart & Soul triple album featured 24 songs in total.
Church said in a statement, "I’ve always been intrigued when a song is born in a writer room - there is a magic that happens there. I wanted to put that in the studio form. So, every day, we would write a song in the morning, and we would record the song that night. Doing it that way allowed for the songwriters to get involved in the studio process and the musicians to be involved in the creative process. You felt a little bit like you were secretly doing something that was special, and you knew it…. You started going, 'Hmm, wait ’til the world finds out about this.'"
In addition to earning massive critical acclaim and a ‘Best Country Solo Performance’ GRAMMY nomination, the initial trifecta release also made waves atop the Billboard charts.
Church replaced himself atop the all-genre Top Album Sales chart in back-to-back weeks, with all three albums landing in the Top 10 concurrently and Church becoming the first country artist to simultaneously occupy the two top spots on the Billboard Vinyl Albums chart since its inception in 2011, with Soul and & respectively.
As well as the poignant Through My Ray Bans, dedicated to the fans he played for at Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival, the & album also features four new-to-the-public songs – Do Side, Kiss Her Goodbye, Mad Man and Lone Wolf – plus his latest single, Doing Life With Me.
Written by Church together with Casey Beathard and Jeffrey Steele, the reflective song sees Church expressing gratitude for those by his side through the journey of a musical career.
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