Singer / songwriter Chris Renzema releases his third full-length and second Centricity Music album, Get Out of the Way of Your Own Heart, today (Sept. 3). Available now at digital and streaming outlets everywhere, the album features lyrics that cut to the bone while singing about hope and echoing the universality of both pain and praise.

The progression to the new album began with more than 36 million audio streams of Renzema’s independent project, I’ll Be The Branches, which was a personal, but less autobiographical, worship album. This recording was followed by the sophomore, Centricity Music debut Let The Ground Rest that sparked more than 90 million streams and began to reveal more of his life story weaved into the songs. Receiving well-over one million Spotify track saves over the last year, a 2020 Pandora “Artist to Watch” nod and a GMA Dove Award nomination for New Artist of the Year,” Get Out of the Way of Your Own Heart continues Renzema’s more personal trajectory.

“I feel like a lot of what I was struggling with over the last year-and-a-half was mostly about me standing in my own way,” shares Renzema. “In the song, ‘Get Out of the Way of Your Own Heart,’ the lyric of the bridge encourages, Take yourself down off the line, give yourself a little grace. A lot of this new album is me trying to express and process feeling a little subpar and trying to allow myself to feel OK and to be a little nicer to myself.”

While Get Out of the Way of Your Own Heart doesn’t always provide painless resolution or black and white answers to gray areas, it does emphasize the fact that we never have to wrestle with life’s hardest questions alone.

Along with the title song, this unique thematic mix is apparent in the opening track, “Hope Or Nostalgia,” the fresh perspective “Just As Good (feat. Ellie Holcomb),” the unifying, Saint Teresa prayer inspired “No Body (feat. Matt Maher),” and “Stronger Love,” which was co-written by and features Leeland Mooring.

“We wrote ‘Stronger Love’ when things were viscerally divided in our nation, with culture preaching that the solution was somewhere within ourselves. So the song became about having an anchor and a hope in something bigger than us,” relays Renzema.

“I hit this point in all the lockdowns and stuff where I was like, ‘I can’t write another song that sounds like a bummer, about me being bummed.’ You gotta just start infusing some hope and some energy into it, for your own sake,” adds Renzema. “Honestly, a lot of the sounds and songs on this record are coming from a place of like, ‘man I wish I could be playing fun music again live.’ This new album is very much geared towards being played in concerts, sang along to, rocked out to.”

Like his desire for real connections, music fans are responding similarly, scarfing up tickets as Renzema gears up for his 29-city, 32 concert “Hope or Nostalgia” fall tour that begins Sept. 7. With at least 12 sell-outs already logged, the tour has added second shows in select markets as ticket sales for every concert are nearing capacity. (See tour sizzle reel at this link.)

The full Get Out of the Way of Your Own Heart track listing follows:

01) Hope Or Nostalgia

02) Get Out Of The Way Of Your Own Heart

03) Old Dreams

04) Just As Good (feat. Ellie Holcomb)

05) No Room For An Anxious Heart

06) Without You

07) No Body (feat. Matt Maher)

08) Stronger Love (feat. Leeland)

09) Old Friend

10) Heart, Soul, Blood, Bone

11) The Right Things

12) Blessed Are Those Who Follow You

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Chris Renzema “Hope or Nostalgia” tour itinerary:

Sep 07 Saint Louis, MO Off Broadway Nightclub Tickets

Sep 08 Kansas City, MO The Truman Tickets

Sep 10 Waco, TX Common Grounds Sold Out

Sep 11 Waco, TX Common Grounds Sold Out

Sep 12 Fort Worth, TX Common Grounds Ft. Worth Sold Out

Sep 13 Fort Worth, TX Common Grounds Ft. Worth Sold Out

Sep 15 Austin, TX Empire Garage Tickets

Sep 16 Houston, TX Warehouse Live – The Studio Tickets

Sep 18 Jackson, MS Duling Hall Tickets

Sep 19 Oxford, MS Proud Larry’s Tickets

Sep 21 Tuscaloosa, AL Druid City Music Hall Tickets

Sep 22 Athens, GA Georgia Theatre Tickets

Sep 24 Gainesville, FL High Dive Tickets

Sep 25 Tampa, FL Crowbar Tickets

Sep 26 Jacksonville, FL Murray Hill Theatre Tickets

Sep 28 Atlanta, GA The Loft Tickets

Sep 29 Asheville, NC The Grey Eagle Tickets

Oct 04 Washington, DC Union Stage Tickets

Oct 05 Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live – Upstairs Sold Out

Oct 06 New York, NY Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 2 Tickets

Oct 09 Pittsburgh, PA Jergel’s Tickets

Oct 10 Cincinnati, OH Ludlow Garage Sold Out

Oct 12 Nashville, TN Brooklyn Bowl Sold Out

Oct 13 Indianapolis, IN Deluxe at Old National Centre Tickets

Oct 15 Columbus, OH A&R Music Bar/Newport Tickets

Oct 16 Cleveland, OH The Grog Shop Tickets

Oct 17 Grand Rapids, MI Pyramid Scheme Sold Out

Oct 18 Evanston, IL Evanston SPACE Sold Out

Oct 20 Milwaukee, WI The Back Room @ Colectivo Sold Out

Oct 21 Minneapolis, MN Fine Line Music Café Sold Out

Oct 25 Knoxville, TN Open Chord Music Sold Out

Oct 25 Knoxville, TN Open Chord Music Tickets

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