Jason Gray is listed in the credits for the following albums:
- 2010 - Sanctus Real - Pieces of a Real Heart: Songwriter
- 2012 - Jason Gray - Christmas Stories: Repeat The Sounding Joy: Songwriter, Arrangements, Acoustic Guitar, Whistles, Handclaps, Vocals
- 2013 - Various Artists - Christmas: Joy to the World: Joy to the World
Jason Gray began building a loyal fanbase as an independent artist and his talent garnered the attention of CCM artist, Sara Groves, and Gray credits Groves with giving him an important start in his career. After playing guitar and being the opening act on several of Groves tour dates, it eventually led to opening for additional acts, such as BarlowGirl and Shaun Groves. Gray eventually recorded two independent projects before signing with Centricity Music and releasing his first national CD in 2007, All The Lovely Losers. The project received rave reviews and was heralded as one of the top albums of that year. Gray’s sophomore project, Everything Sad Is Coming Untrue firmly established him has a solid artist in the Christian music genre. The album brought Gray his highest-charting single, "More Like Falling In Love", and the song garnered Gray his first ASCAP Performance Award in 2011. Gray has toured with such major acts as Michael W. Smith, Third Day, tobyMac, Sanctus Real, Francesca Battistelli, Tenth Avenue North and Jeremy Camp.
Nashville, TN - Centricity Music will release its third Christmas project, Christmas: Joy To The World, October 22nd. The eight-song album features Centricity Music artists Jason Gray, Andrew Peterson, Unspoken, Jonny Diaz, Downhere and introduces two newly signed artists, Lauren Daigle and Carrollton. Three singles have been released to radio, Unspoken’s “Feliz Navidad,” “Light of the World” by Lauren Daigle, and “Asleep in the Hay” by Jonny Diaz. The latter two songs mark the debut Centricity Music releases from Jonny Diaz and Lauren Daigle, and the first Christmas song from Unspoken.
“Christmas is such an emotional time for Christians,” says Steve Ford, Vice President of Marketing, Centricity Music. “It is a time of joy and reflection, love and thanks. It covers the gamut of feelings and that is reflected in the music on our Christmas release. You have the joy of ‘Feliz Navidad’ the epic ‘Light Of The World’ or the intimate ‘Asleep In The Hay.’ It is also a great vehicle to introduce some of our new artists to the world. We hope you love Lauren and Carrollton as much as we do.”
Christmas: Joy to the World follows Centricity Music’s critically acclaimed Bethlehem Skyline Vol. 1 (2007) and Bethlehem Skyline Vol. 2 (2010). This year’s offering includes three previously released songs including Downhere’s Christmas classic, “How Many Kings,” Jason Gray’s “Joy to the World,” from Christmas Stories: Repeat The Sounding Joy and Andrew Peterson’s “Long, Long Ago” that was featured on Bethlehem Skyline Vol. 2. The new Christmas project is a great chance for fans to hear songs from the newest members of the Centricity Music family, Jonny Diaz, Lauren Daigle and Carrollton, before their individual releases in 2014.
Nashville, TN - Jason Gray is enjoying his first #1 single this week as Nothing Is Wasted reached the top spot on the Soft AC Chart.The song is having a strong impact with fans, as Gray continues to get letters of support for the single, with the messages saying how the hope and reminder that Jesus is our redeemer has changed their lives. It's from the deepest wounds/That beauty finds a place to bloom/And you will see before the end/That every broken piece is/Gathered in the heart of Jesus/And what's lost will be found again.
“Wow! That’s all I can say,” exclaims Gray. “Of all my songs, the one I most look forward to singing is Nothing Is Wasted because I know there’s always someone in the audience who needs to hear it—someone who longs to be assured that loss, pain, and even failure do not get to have the last say. God, the One who holds all our stories and works all things together for the good of those who love Him, has the last say and His final word is love. I daily get notes from people telling me how this song found them when they needed it most. I’m so grateful for the support radio has given this single and that it’s finding its mark in the hearts of so many people.”
Gray will be in Nashville, TN on Friday, May 31st to perform a pre-game concert at the Nashville Sounds Faith & Family Night presented by 94FM The Fish. Other exciting concert news for Gray is that he will tour with Steven Curtis Chapman and Laura Story this fall. More details will be announced soon.
Here are our top picks for new Christmas music for 2012. We hope you enjoy these new holiday releases.
Nashville, TN — Never expect the normal standard from the talented Jason Gray, as his first Christmas project presents a deeper story celebrating the birth of Christ. Christmas Stories: Repeat The Sounding Joy offers a 14-song collection that includes 11 original songs that are interwoven with several carols, and tells the miraculous Christmas story through the eyes of the wisemen, the innkeeper, the shepherds and others in order to focus on the details inside the Christmas narrative. Produced by Cason Cooley (Andrew Peterson, Katie Herzig, Matthew Perryman Jones), Gray’s new project also features collaborations with Nicole Nordeman, Joel Hanson, Andy Gullahorn, and Randall Goodgame, that so effectively describe the joy that is encapsulated within a somber dramatic story.
“The real story of Christmas can get lost in the shuffle,” Jason explains. “But when I had the idea to create a collection of songs that tell the very human stories of the characters we’re so familiar with, I was instantly intrigued and excited, and maybe a little daunted, by the prospect. I wanted to bring them back from just being iconic story characters and to consider who they really were, what events were unfolding in their lives, and how they as human beings in extraordinary circumstances were responding.”
Gray’s first Christmas offering is already receiving strong support as the best-selling author and pastor, Max Lucado says, "I love Jason's voice, his songs, and most of all his heart. This Christmas release is a Christmas gift for us all!"
The album kicks-off with the Christmas standard, Oh Come All Ye Faithful and segues into Christmas Is Coming that launches the narrative into the lives and thoughts of the story’s characters. Other original songs include; Gloria (The Song Of The Shepherds), Rest(The Song Of The Innkeeper, and the story of the Magi, Easier. The most personal song for Gray on Christmas Stories: Repeat The Sounding Joy is the song written with Nordeman, Christmas For Jesus. It features Jason’s older twin sons, Kipper and Jacob, providing background vocals and handclaps on the album, but it’s Gray’s youngest son, Gus, who takes the lead vocal.
“Someone in our church shared about their granddaughter,” Gray says, “and how she asked, ‘I know Christmas for us is when Jesus was born into our world. Is Christmas for Jesus when we’re born into his world?’ I loved that idea and I wrestled with it for months trying to turn it into a full blown song. Eventually I realized it might be better as a shorter little musical poem, sweet and simple, and it became the song, "Christmas For Jesus." It was such a childlike perspective that I, as a grown man, felt weird singing it. So I thought ‘Hey, what about Gus?’ He came into the studio and sang it with his feet up on the wall, playing around with the mic as he was singing, jumping up and down—but he got it! And it’s pretty beautiful, I think. My older boys, Kipper and Jacob, got to sing and do handclaps on the record too, so it was a really special thing to me to have all of them involved.”
Gray will headline The Christmas Stories Tour in December and the first single from Christmas Stories: Repeat The Sounding Joy will be serviced to radio in October. But coming up first, Gray will hit the road for An Acoustic Evening With Jason Gray and Todd Agnew in September.
World Vision To Once Again Sponsor Tour That Launches Mid-March
Nashville, TN - Due to the strong support of The Called To Love Tour last fall, a spring leg of the tour has been announced and will once again feature Centricity Music artists, Downhere, Aaron Shust and Jason Gray. The Called To Love Tour will run through March 15 - May 12, and will be sponsored by World Vision. Last year’s tour was a hit with audiences and brought powerful and fun-loving nights of ministry across the country.
“Jason Gray, Aaron Shust, and Downhere brought the house down at the Paramount Theater in Abilene, TX,” says promoter, Ken L. Fincher. “Their show was amazing and is still being talked about some 3 months later! These guys are gracious, inspiring, humble yet very engaging and entertaining. From the opening first song to the finale, audience members were on their feet, hands raised high, singing along to each song. It was truly a blessed evening.” “We love these guys!,” exclaims promoters David & Susie Hartness of the Wilmington, NC date. “Not only are they very gifted musicians and songwriters, but they are such genuine and humble men who share God's love through word and song. We've hosted several of these artists more than one time, and they always exceed our expectations. If the spring leg of The Called To Love Tour comes anywhere near you please don’t miss it!”
All three participating artists will continue to showcase the great successes from their 2011 projects. Aaron Shust has achieved a record-breaking twelve-week run in the #1 spot on the AC Monitor chart with his hit single, "My Hope is In You." The tune was also the Top 20 song of 2011 on Billboard’s year-end chart and recently was the #1 downloaded song on iTunes. The single is from Aaron’s CD, This Is What We Believe. Downhere’s song, "Rest" is #26 on the AC Indicator chart, and it’s from their critically acclaimed CD, On The Altar Of Love. Among the rave reviews for the album is JesusFreakHideout.com who exclaims…….one of the best releases of the year and earns Downhere another “A” on their report card. Jason Gray’s single, "Remind Who I Am" was #15 for nine weeks on the AC Monitor chart, currently #8 on AC Indicator, has entered the CHR chart, is KLOVE’s #1 song, and was iTunes #1 downloaded song. The single is from Gray’s current CD, A Way To See In The Dark that was voted the #1 Album of the Year by the music website, Sound Opinion.