Strong Tower

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Strong Tower
Studio album by Kutless
Released March 1, 2005
Recorded Compound Recording
Genre Christian rock, alternative rock, contemporary worship music
Length 50:32
Label BEC Recordings
Producer Aaron Sprinkle
Kutless chronology
Sea of Faces
(2004)
Strong Tower
(2005)
Hearts of the Innocent
(2006)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Christianity Today 1/5 stars[2]
Cross Rhythms 3/10 stars[3]
Jesus Freak Hideout 3/5 stars[4]

Strong Tower is a worship album released by the Christian rock group, Kutless, and it is also their third studio album. An enhanced deluxe edition of this album was released on March 20, 2007 with additional tracks and the "Strong Tower" live music video.[5] The title track of this record, "Strong Tower", was once in the Top 5 on ChristianRock.net.[citation needed] The album peaked at No. 87 on the Billboard 200[6] and No. 4 on the Billboard Christian Albums.[7] Five years later, in 2010, the album reached the Billboard Catalog Albums chart peaking at No. 39.[8] The album was certified Gold by RIAA in 2009 and is Kutless' best selling album to date.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

Album release
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "We Fall Down"   Chris Tomlin 3:09
2. "Finding Who We Are"   Lee Shamburger 3:10
3. "Take Me In"   Dave Browning 4:16
4. "Ready For You"   Jon Micah Sumrall 4:14
5. "Draw Me Close"   Kelly Carpenter 3:47
6. "All Who Are Thirsty"   Brenton Brown, Glenn Robertson 4:13
7. "Better Is One Day"   Matt Redman 4:50
8. "All of the Words"   Jon Micah Sumrall, Kyle Mitchell, James Mead, Ryan Shrout, Aaron Sprinkle 3:46
9. "Strong Tower"   Mark Byrd, Mark Lee, Jon Micah Sumrall, Aaron Sprinkle 3:58
10. "Jesus Lord of Heaven"   Phil Wickham 3:21
11. "I Lift My Eyes Up"   Brian Doerksen 3:32
12. "Word of God Speak"   Bart Millard, Pete Kipley 3:47
13. "Arms of Love"   Craig Musseau 3:56
Total length:
52:31

Personnel[edit]

  • Jon Micah Sumrall - vocals
  • James Mead - guitar
  • Ryan Shrout - guitar
  • Kyle Zeigler - bass
  • Kyle Mitchell - drums

In media[edit]

The title track, "Strong Tower", is used as a walk-up song by an outfielder David Murphy for the Texas Rangers and an outfielder Matt Murton for Japan's Hanshin Tigers.[citation needed] The song also made it to Rock Band, as a DLC on January 2011. It is only available for XBox 360.[citation needed]

Awards and certifications[edit]

The album was nominated for a Dove Award for Praise & Worship Album of the Year at the 37th GMA Dove Awards. The title song was also nominated for Worship Song of the Year.[9]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[10] Gold 500,000^

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Christianity Today review". Christianitytoday.com. Retrieved March 2, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Cross Rhythms review". Crossrhythms.co.uk. July 13, 2005. Retrieved March 2, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Jesus Freak Hideout review". Jesusfreakhideout.com. March 1, 2005. Retrieved March 2, 2012. 
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ "Kutless - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  7. ^ <http://www.billboard.com/artist/306196/kutless/chart?f=310
  8. ^ "Kutless - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  9. ^ 37th Annual GMA Dove Awards Nominations & Winners on About.com; Jones, Kim
  10. ^ "American album certifications – Kutless – Strong Tower". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

Music video[edit]

A video was released for "Strong Tower." It consists of the band playing at night outside of a courthouse building.