After an immensely fruitful run under an arm of Sony that yielded a GRAMMY nomination, the soundtrack for NBC’s “Bionic Woman” promos and victory in Taco Bell’s “Feed The Beat” campaign that catapulted the band onto a performance at the Winter X Games, Fireflight announces INNOVA, its first new album in over three years. INNOVA will be released independently through The Fuel Music May 5, 2015.
Refined during a season of pain, uncertainty and frustration, the band’s fifth full-length album is already finding significant success at radio as the band stretches the limits of its art, reinventing itself while continuing to connect with its fans on a personal level.
Vocalist Dawn Michele, bassist Wendy Drennen, guitarist Glenn Drennen and drummer Adam McMillion, now a foursome after Fireflight’s guitarist Justin Cox stepped down to spend more time with his growing family, leave major label life behind for the release of INNOVA.
“We had a great relationship with our label for the past eight years, but we were not going in the same direction as the other artists on our label,” says Wendy, who credits the band’s fans for having enough faith in Fireflight to become a part of the renewal process that led to the new album.
“INNOVA (the Latin word for ‘renew’) is a really old word, but it’s also almost futuristic in a way,” says Glenn. “It really told the story in one word of bringing what Fireflight has done in the past, but also moving it into the future. The official release date of 5/5/15 is significant because it’s going to be our fifth album and celebrates the 15th year of the band.”
Already garnering acclaim, INNOVA’s lead single, “Resuscitate,” made its debut at No. 19 late last year and quickly rose all the way to No. 1 on Billboard’s Christian Rock chart, becoming Fireflight’s eighth No. 1 radio hit. The song stays true to the band’s heavy musical roots across a narrative of feeling pushed to the absolute limit, but nonetheless suggests digging down deep within a well of faith for a jumpstart rather than simply throwing in the towel.
“It’s God who breaks through the confusion, and stills the destructive forces in our lives,” says Dawn of the inspiration behind “Resuscitate” and referencing Colossians 1:13. “He comes at our weakest moment and breathes new life into us.”
A lyric video for “Resuscitate,” filmed by Phil Ernest and featuring Dawn Michele, can be seen now at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHOitbbqr-0. The song is also available on iTunes at while the full album is available for pre-order.