Redemption Songs

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Redemption Songs
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Studio album by Jars of Clay
Released March 22, 2005
Recorded 2005
Genre Christian Rock, folk rock
Length 54:08
Label Essential
Producer Jars of Clay, Mitch Dane
Jars of Clay chronology
Roots & Wings
(2005)Roots & Wings2005
Redemption Songs
iTunes Originals – Jars of Clay
(2005)iTunes Originals – Jars of Clay2005
Singles from
Redemption Songs
  1. "God Will Lift Up Your Head"
    Released: 2005
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Christianity Today 4/5 stars[2]
Cross Rhythms 8/10 stars[3]
Jesus Freak Hideout 4/5 stars[4]

Redemption Songs is the sixth full-length studio album by Jars of Clay. It was released by Essential Records on March 22, 2005.


Redemption Songs is a collection of reinvented hymns and spiritual songs. As part of a church community that believed passionately the blessing of understanding the story of redemption through early church songs and ancient hymns, Jars of Clay found themselves a part of a growing renaissance, one that inspired them to write new songs using the rich hymn texts as the foundation. This renaissance was the beginning of Redemption Songs, a blend of familiar hymns, spirituals, and ancient texts.


The band enlists vocals of friends including The Blind Boys of Alabama ("Nothing But the Blood," "On Jordan's Stormy River Banks I Stand"), Sarah Kelly ("I'll Fly Away") and Martin Smith ("Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder"). Recorded at Jars' Nashville-based Sputnik Studio, Redemption Songs is co-produced by band members and long-time collaborator, Mitch Dane.

Track listing[edit]

Album release
No. Title Length
1. "God Be Merciful to Me (Psalm 51)" 4:31
2. "I Need Thee Every Hour" 3:47
3. "God Will Lift Up Your Head" 4:22
4. "I'll Fly Away" (featuring Sarah Kelly) 4:42
5. "Nothing But the Blood" (featuring The Blind Boys of Alabama) 4:13
6. "Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder" (featuring Martin Smith) 4:23
7. "O Come and Mourn With Me Awhile" 4:04
8. "Hiding Place" 4:06
9. "Jesus, I Lift My Eyes" 3:28
10. "It Is Well with My Soul" 3:54
11. "On Jordan's Stormy Banks I Stand" (featuring The Blind Boys of Alabama) 4:32
12. "Thou Lovely Source of True Delight" 4:31
13. "They'll Know We Are Christians By Our Love" 3:02
Total length: 53:35

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Album Charts & RIAA Certifications

The Billboard 200
Chart Position
RIAA Certification
2005 71 N/A


In 2006, Redemption Songs won a Dove Award for Recorded Music Packaging of the Year at the 37th GMA Dove Awards. It was also nominated for Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year.[5]


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