On Friday, singer-songwriter Ryan Stevenson released his first new music for 2018 in the form of the new song "No Matter What," featuring Bart Millard of MercyMe. Along with his Top 40 charting Billboard songs "The Gospel" and "Lift You Up," the new single will be featured on Stevenson's upcoming album releasing later this year.
The new song is written by Stevenson and producer Bryan Fowler and is based on the Bible verse in 2 Corinthians 12, verse 9 and 10:
"But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong." (NIV)
Stevenson says about the new single, "Over the course of the last several years, I've continued to ask the Lord to give me songs that exist for a reason. As we were working on this new record, a reoccurring theme I felt the Lord continually whisper to my heart was 'beloved identity.'"
"I, like many of us, grew up in the church- a religious environment, where we weren't necessarily nurtured and taught about Gods grace, patience and compassion," Stevenson continues. "As I continue to grow and experience life, the truth I continue to encounter is 'I am His son, no matter what.' It is easy to fall into the trap of performance-based relationship with God when we've been taught in religious environments that He's mostly disappointed with us. This song hopefully will encourage all of us that even though we struggle, Jesus is overseeing the process."
"No Matter What" is available to stream or download here. You can also watch the official lyric video to the track below.
Kicking off next week, Stevenson will embark on TobyMac's "Hits Deep Tour," performing nationwide along with TobyMac, Danny Gokey, Mandisa, and Finding Favour. The full list of tour dates can be found by the end of the article.
2018 TobyMac Hits Deep Tour Dates:
1/30/18 - Oklahoma City, OK - Chesapeake Energy Arena
2/1/18 - Rio Rancho, NM - Santa Ana Star Center
2/2/18 - Glendale, AZ - Gila River Arena
2/3/18 - Salt Lake City, UT - Vivint Arena
2/8/18 - San Diego, CA - Viejas Arena
2/9/18 - Ontario, CA - Citizens Business Bank Arena
2/10/18 - Reno, NV - Reno Events Center
2/11/18 - Sacramento, CA - Golden 1 Center
2/13/18 - Fresno, CA - Save Mart Center
2/15/18 - Kennewick, WA - Toyota Center
2/16/18 - Seattle, WA - Key Arena
2/17/18 - Portland, OR - Moda Center
2/18/18 - Spokane, WA - Spokane Arena
2/22/18 - Denver, CO - Denver Coliseum
2/23/18 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center
2/24/18 - Moline, IL - iWireless Center
2/25/18 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center
3/1/18 - Milwaukee, WI - University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
3/2/18 - Omaha, NE - Baxter Arena
3/3/18 - Saint Charles, MO - Family Arena
3/4/18 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Van Andel Arena
3/8/18 - Belton, TX - Bell County Expo Center
3/9/18 - Lubbock, TX - United Super Market Arena
3/10/18 - El Paso, TX - Don Haskins Center
3/11/18 - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center
3/15/18 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center
3/16/18 - Baton Rouge, LA - Raising Cane's River Center
3/17/18 - Birmingham, AL - BJCC Arena
3/18/18 - Pensacola, FL - Pensacola Bay Center