On February 3, 2015, Aaron Gillespie, the former drummer of UNDEROATH and current frontman of The Almost, will be releasing his second full-length worship album, Grace Through The Wandering, on BEC Recordings. The follow-up to the highly acclaimed 2011 release, Anthem Song, has already spawned a single, "Praise Him," that is going for adds at radio and has a popular lyric video.
The new project was recorded on the road with the help of producer Jon Howard in 10 cities-from Paris to Tulsa. Howard, who plays keys and sings background with Paramore, met Gillespie a little over a year ago when Aaron started playing shows with the Platinum-selling band. Though Gillespie thought the gig with Paramore would be a one or two show deal, it has worked out so well that it's been going on for months.
In a press release, Aaron talked about the recording process, saying, "Literally, we have one track in Bologna, Italy and then one track in Paris. We did some guitars in Germany, some at home in Nashville. We kind of just had to record it all over."
Only three tracks were recorded with his friend and producer Aaron Sprinkle in Nashville. The rest were all done in makeshift studios created in hotel rooms with the microphone for vocals being held under a comforter to create a "vocal booth" feel.
The album is perfectly titled for someone who's following God's path, unsure of where it leads. While co-writing a few years ago with Paul Baloche, a man whom Gillespie calls a "hero," he had an epiphany about his role as a songwriter and worship leader.
"He said it's so important when you're leading worship because you're helping people with their vocabulary-with their communication-with God. I saw that as such a responsibility, a massive one. It's my prayer for me and for my family-my wife and 3-year-old child-that we will be willing to go to the dark places and do the work as opposed to staying inside of our community. Being in church is important, but I think it's more important to go out to people and meet them where they are and meet their needs there," Aaron said.
That following of God's path is what has kept him on the road this long. Shortly before joining Paramore on tour, Gillespie had accepted a job offer at a church and was prepared to move with his wife and then 2-year-old son and settle into life as a stationary worship pastor. God's prompting came through the phone call from Paramore and the rest, as they say, is history.