Darren Nicholson - Leave it in the Hands of the Lord [S
  • Leave it in the Hands of the Lord
  • Leave it in the Hands of the Lord
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (02:37) [8.08 MB]
Though he’s released plenty of solo recordings over the years, western North Carolina singer/songwriter/instrumentalist Darren Nicholson is taking a big new step with his first releases after concluding a 15-year tenure as a founding member of award-winning bluegrass quintet, Balsam Range. A GRAMMY-nominee and recipient of multiple International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, Darren has appeared countless times on WSM's Grand Ole Opry, at the Ryman Auditorium, CMT, GAC, and many of the world's most famous venues and networks. Following “Arkansas Without You,” which showcased an acclaimed artist ready to be seen in a new light, “Leave It In The Hands Of The Lord” offers a message to live by.


For singer, songwriter and mandolinist Darren Nicholson, his newest single for Mountain Home Music Company is not just a traditional-sounding gospel song, but a message to live by. Indeed, while its lyric is offered in the second person, when Nicholson sings “Leave It In the Hands of the Lord,” he’s both recalling his own experience and articulating his outlook following his departure from Balsam Range, the award-winning band in which he served for some 15 years.

“‘Leave It In The Hands of the Lord’” was born out of a conversation that [co-writer] Mark Bumgarner and I were having in his beautiful Blue Ridge mountain cabin,” Nicholson notes. “The sentiment is simple and powerful; Let Go and Let God.”

Backed by guitarist Colby Laney, whose inspired introduction establishes the song’s catchy, classic groove; banjo man Wes Corbett (Sam Bush Band); fiddler Billy Contreras (Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder); and bassist Zack Smith (Town Mountain), Nicholson delivers the song with deep, personal conviction — a sense shared by his wife, who contributes strong harmonies that bring a dose of Black gospel influence to bear on the performance. Short and to the point, the song reaches its pinnacle in a penultimate chorus that places handclaps provided by members of labelmates Chris Jones & the Night Drivers, who happened to be recording on the same day, under soulful improvised lines from Jennifer Nicholson.

“I’ve run my own life into the ground at times trying to be my own God and wanting to control people, places, and things in my life,” confesses Nicholson. “It took a while, but I finally found strength in letting go and relying on God more. I hope folks like the song. I just wanted to share my personal spiritual experience as well. The song’s message and intention are meant to be fun, uplifting, and inspiring. In short, it is ‘turning things over’ and a hopeful feeling that makes you want to GET UP AND SHOUT!!!”
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