The 14 songs on Heart are underscored by the cinematic and communal aesthetic prominent in all of the band’s music while building from where the band left off with its widely acclaimed, JUNO Award-winning I Have A Dream (It Feels Like Home). The first radio single, “City on a Hill,” which is steeped in the Beatitudes found in Matthew 5.
One of the songs on the album, “Strong,” written by Elias Dummer and Eric Fusilier, grew from a place of vulnerability in the middle of Eric’s battle with cancer.
“I wasn’t really in a place to write anything,” Eric confesses. “Emotionally, I felt like a child who had been let down by his parents for the first time. I just couldn’t see [my illness] as a blessing. I couldn’t connect with God. To confront that stuff and write, ‘I am strong in my weakness,’ was really difficult because I couldn’t deny how I really felt…”
Near the one-year anniversary of the stem cell transplant that saved his life, Eric’s cancer is in remission. “Being on the other side of it, my emotions now line up with what I believe. God really has been there the whole time, using this for the good. It’s a clear picture of God’s people coming together, working together… a profound experience.”
With Eric planning to rejoin the group on the road, having been sidelined since his cancer diagnosis early last year, The City Harmonic new album will be followed by the launch of their headline tour with special guests Shawn McDonald and The Royal Royal in October.
Check the band’s relaunched site, www.thecityharmonic.com, for all the latest tour dates and more info on The City Harmonic new album, Heart as the band is about “getting people in on the act—hearts pounding and feet moving.”