Dove Award-nominated worship artist Casey J scores her third top 10 hit this week with “If God / Nothing but the Blood.” Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs pushes 12-10. Previously, Casey J had reached the top 10 with “I’m Yours” (No. 5, 2016) and “Fill Me Up” debut, spending eight weeks at No. 1 in 2015.
An Atlanta worship leader based in Georgia and former elementary school teacher, Casey J (Hobbs) grew up in a house full of God’s Word, watching as her grandma was hosting Bible studies and home church organizations. That mantle for communicating the Gospel outside the traditional environments of the church now rests on Casey who started holding “pop up worship” events in government locations. With vulnerability and joy, she shares Jesus through song, inviting others to join her in worship, no matter the location.
“It all started with the question, ‘What about the people who aren’t coming to church?’,” says Casey. “So God placed it in our hearts to just start popping up at local parks in Atlanta with one agenda: to gather people together and share God’s love using worship as our vehicle… we would pack up guitars, percussion instruments, and a few blankets and just sit in the grass and sing.”
It was in that missions-focused spirit that Casey recorded The Gathering live in the park-like setting of Serenbe just outside of Atlanta with a small group of worshipers. The resulting 10-track album captures the beauty and power of corporate worship in an unrestrained, organic form and with an eclectic style that mixes Gospel, Pop and Americana influences. The album opens with new single “The Gathering”, which serves as a call to worship and sets the tone for the entire project.
We have gathered here together / With one agenda / And it is You alone…
Come, we’re desperate / Hearts are open / Jesus come…
Your Kingdom come, Your will be done