Nashville, TN (August 21, 2020)
Fair Trade Services artist and songwriter Hope Darst has released her debut album, Peace Be Still, which has already hit No. 1 on the iTunes Top 40 US Christian & Gospel Albums Chart.
“I’m blown away thinking about this right now,” said Hope. “I dreamed of being an artist for the first 25 years of my life and then laid that dream aside to pursue what God had called me to do—raise a family and serve the local church. I never imagined that so many years later, God would lead me back to my first dream of writing and releasing music as an artist.”
Peace Be Still was produced by Jonathan Smith (Zach Williams, Phil Wickham, Passion) and Max Corwin. Featuring twelve songs all co-written by Hope, the project has already been touted as one of the top worship albums of the year by several media outlets.
“Peace Be Still” is also the name of the album’s first single, which Darst wrote in 2017 with Mia Fieldes and Andrew Holt, fellow worship leaders and songwriters at her church. Inspired by the trio’s collective desire to overcome disappointment and fear, the song soon became an anthem of hope for their congregation, while churches around the globe also began to embrace its truth as their own.
“Peace Be Still” is currently No. 4 on the Billboard AC Indicator Chart, and Top 10 on the Billboard National Christian Audience Chart and Billboard AC Monitored Chart, as well as the Mediabase Christian Audience Chart and Mediabase Christian AC Chart. It’s also playing on approximately 95% of Christian AC stations in the U.S.!
Additionally, the song has more than 45 million digital streams and a radio airplay audience of more than 121 million between her single as well as the extended live version from The Belonging Co‘s debut album, All The Earth.
Watch the Story Behind the Song “Peace Be Still”:
Hope Darst, a wife and a mother to two daughters, regularly leads worship at the Nashville-based church The Belonging Co.
Preview Peace Be Still:
Peace Be Still track listing:
Sing My Way Through
Peace Be Still
Who You’ve Always Been
Love Like This
Don’t Let Go
Let It Out
The Hope of Jesus
Original article provided by CCM Magazine