Posted On: 09.03.2021


LP Features Special Guests Ellie Holcomb, Matt Maher, Leeland

29-City, “Hope or Nostalgia” Tour Logs 12 Sell-Outs So Far, Launches Sept. 7

Acclaimed 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

All the latest Chris Renzema tour, music and more news can be found at http://chris.centricitymusic.local/, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Spotify and Apple Music.

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