Today’s the day!
Today, we release Sing the Bible with Slugs and Bugs VOLUME 3! Woohoo!!!
This our 4th word-for-word Scripture CD and the reviews are starting to pop up. You can read a few of them here…
But… for release day, I thought I’d go through a few of the aspects that make Volume 3 (maybe) my favorite of all the Sing the Bible records.
All of the songs on Volume 3 reflect the life, work, and words of Jesus.
With all of the previous Sing the Bible CDs, I’ve chosen scriptures from the Old and New Testament. Volume 3 focuses on Jesus, so all of the songs are New Testament passages he spoke, or passages about him or his mission on earth. At times working on these songs felt like spending time with Jesus in a more immediate way. I began to imaging the sound of his voice, and to wish I knew Aramaic so I could really imagine what he might have sounded like through his lips and teeth and vocal chords.
Dwelling on Colossians 1 next to the Beatitudes, or stories like the man at the pool of Siloam next to “Let the children come to me,” has helped me grasp aspects of the character of Jesus in a new way, and that’s my hope and prayer for everybody that leans into these songs.
Volume 3 includes a “society of extraordinary” guest appearances. 🙂
Yes, the Society of Extraordinary Raccoon Society has returned, but even more importantly, Volume 3 is filled with wonderful guests who share the load of the lead vocals. This is a great gift to me, since it allows me to hear someone else’s voice singing or speaking Scripture. And more voices reflects more of the Kingdom of God, which is what we’re all praying for in the second line of the Lord’s Prayer.
Aaaaaaand they’re all AWESOME!!! I’ve told Sara Groves how much I love her music so many times I’m sure she’s sick of hearing about it. But seriously, I’m so deeply moved by so many of her songs, and it is such a huge honor to have her appear in the opening song, plumbing the depths of the nature of the fullness of Christ.
PROPAGANDA! I know he’s Jason to some folks, but now he’ll always be Prop to me. I am so grateful for his ridiculous artistic gifts, his devotion to the Gospel, and his willingness to jump into the Slugs & Bugs dance party and straight up throw down. He is at home in hip hop, so his presence broadens what Slugs & Bugs is capable of musically, and his voice is so strong that when married with Scripture, it brings power and conviction to slay me every time. Unless he’s taking about carrots. Then that’s just funny. 🙂
Of course, Mike Weaver can flat out sing. I’ve heard him with Big Daddy Weave on Christian radio as much as any artist I can think of over the past couple of decades. So I knew it would be fun to have him come sing, but that wasn’t even close to the best part. Mike waked into the studio, and within moments I felt so immediately loved with the free, joyful love of Jesus. His voice is HUGE, but his heart is even bigger.
As a testament to all of that, right now, WJTL in Lancaster, PA is playing I Am The Way in their regular rotation. Thanks Mike! You helped Slugs & Bugs land our first single! 🙂
If you’re one of the millions of people that have seen the I Can Only Imagine movie recently, you know who Bart Millard is. As the lead singer of MercyMe, Bart penned the best selling Christian song of all time. But at first listen, you may not know that he appears on Sing the Bible Volume 3 as B.A.R.T. – or, the Bethlehem Assembly of the Risen Tabernacle. Singing all the parts for our a cappella song “Not By Bread Alone,” Bart was absolutely spectacular in the studio. He sang like a warrior angel, and his joyful, playful spirit was contagious and probably integral to capturing the song the way he did. I’ll probably never sing it live, but I’ll be forever grateful that so many thousands of kids (and parents) will get to sing along with Bart – that sweet truth that came from the mouth of Our Lord.
What an absolute blessing it is to be able to count Sally Lloyd-Jones among my friends. As a children’s book author, there’s no one I look up to more for her dogged devotion to crafting language that children will listen to and really love. Thankfully, as it turns out, she’s also a hoot! Sally has returned to the Sing the Bible series to investigate all the do-gooding and secretive gift-giving going on around the S.O.E.R.S. – a not-very secretive secret society of raccoons. She also holds my ears (and my heart) captive at the end of the record as she reads the text from “The Great Commission.”
And there are others… my old friend Andrew Peterson reprises his role as Chauncey the Raccoon. Even at just 10 years old Sadie Osenga owns one of my favorite moments on the record with her beautiful rendition of “Let The Children Come To Me.” Nashville treasures Jason Eskridge and Nickie Conley sing much of the choir parts on Volume 3, which feels like an embarrassment of riches. Nickie is featured in “Living Water” where her performance brings to life the words of the woman at the well (from John 4).
So many inspiring voices! I’m grateful for them all, and I can’t wait for you to hear them. Here’s how to purchase the music! (FYI – Our Sing the Bible series is not available on streaming services.)
- On our website! Visit slugsandbugs.com to purchase a download or a physical CD. For a limited time we have a couple of bundle deals as well. (Sing the Bible bundle makes a great gift!)
- At iTunes! If you’re an iTunes person, you’re in luck. It’s there today!
- Amazon. All of our CDs are available on amazon, with Volume 3 available today!
Randall Goodgame is the founder of Slugs & Bugs Family Music. The newest Slugs & Bugs album, Sing the Bible with Slugs & Bugs, Volume 3 released on April 27, 2018. Both Sing the Bible with Slugs & Bugs Volume 1 and Sing the Bible with Slugs & Bugs Volume 2 were nominated for Children’s Album of the Year at the 2015 and 2017 Dove Awards.