The Wood Drake Sessions to release debut album 'From the Valley to the Golden Shore' April 29

The Wood Drake Sessions - 'From the Valley to the Golden Shore'
The Wood Drake Sessions - 'From the Valley to the Golden Shore' |

From the Valley to the Golden Shore, the full-length debut from worship newcomers The Wood Drake Sessions, is set to bow April 29. Showcasing collaborations with such luminaries as bestselling singer/songwriter and worship leader Sandra McCracken; singer/songwriter Leslie Jordan (All Sons & Daughters); modern hymnist Wendell Kimbrough; and NPR-lauded singer/songwriter Liz Vice, among others, the album was written by The Wood Drake Sessions' co-creators Paul Ranheim and Kirk Sauers.  
Produced by Lucas Morton, From the Valley to the Golden Shore features nine roots-based, organic pop tracks conveying the surety of Christ’s sovereignty despite the turmoil of the times. Highlights of the project include album opener “Oh How Good To Be Together,” an engaging corporate worship anthem led by McCracken; “I See A King,” with Vice’s signature vocals atop an R&B-infused groove celebrating the Savior who will right all wrongs; the Kimbrough-featured “Grace Will Prevail,” articulating God’s unfailing promises; and Jordan’s poignant closer, “Bountifully With Me,” a gentle song of praise for Christ’s provision. 
“Our great desire is to see the Church flourish today, and we believe new songs that capture God’s faithfulness and great deeds in the midst of our cultural moment are important for her flourishing,” Sauers shares. “We envision these songs helping shape the faith of God’s people as they sing them together in worshiping communities, serving not just to help us know Truth and inform our heads, but to feel Truth and shepherd our hearts.” 

About The Wood Drake Sessions
Birthed in 2020 when longtime friends Paul Ranheim and Kirk Sauers began songwriting via Zoom, The Wood Drake Sessions is a creative collaborative seeking to provide inspired and timely worship songs for the Church. The Wood Drake Sessions also offers a variety of resources, including charts, lead sheets and tutorials to help worshiping communities sing together. 
Ranheim is a multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, worship leader, pastor and church planter currently on staff at Redeemer Longmont in Colorado, while Sauers is a worship leader and artist-in-residence at First Presbyterian Church in Augusta, Georgia.