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The wait is finally over, as Bluegrass favorites Williamson Branch release their brand new two-disc album Heritage & Hope. The all-Gospel record features a total of 23 recordings, all capturing the band’s fun loving personalities, combined with their award-winning harmonies. Released via Pinecastle Records, the collection includes one disc (Heritage) packed with traditional favorites, and another disc (Hope) featuring all-new original material.
In celebration of the album’s official release, Williamson Branch is also excited to announce their next radio single, “Which Train.” They’re moving full steam ahead with their hard-driving Bluegrass tune which was penned by reigning IBMA “Momentum Vocalist of the Year” winner Melody Williamson, alongside Michelle Canning. American Songwriter gave fans an exclusive look at the official video which was shot on-location in scenic Chattanooga, Tenn. The publication raved about the single, saying, “The single is a driving-Bluegrass tune with a mournful sound and poignant message.”
“Which Train” serves as the follow-up to the album’s first lead single. The original recording “Walking in the Spirit” has already broken new ground for WB, spending multiple weeks at No. 1 on the Bluegrass Today Weekly Gospel Airplay Chart. Featuring legendary group The Marshall Family, the track has deep Gospel roots, combining influences from both Bluegrass and Southern Gospel. “Walking in the Spirit” also continues to climb the SGN Scoops charts, peaking at No. 5 (as of March 2021).
One of the leading inspirations behind the project is from the fan-favorite “I’ll Fly Away.” Previously, the band released a live performance of the track, and it struck like wildfire, going on to amass over 15 MILLION views to date. After partnering with the Country Rebel network, the version struck a chord with viewers, by going on to get hundreds of thousands of shares and introduce the band to a massive audience. The song showcases the tight harmonies and powerful vocals of sisters Melody, Kadence and Caroline Williamson. On the new album, the group’s patriarch Kevin Williamson took his creativity to new heights, penning an impressive eight of the Hope disc’s 11 tracks.
While 2020 was a tough year in many aspects, Williamson Branch was able to grow their online following and shatter glass ceilings. When the COVID-19 restrictions first started, the group took to their official FB page to entertain and encourage fans. They did just that by creating unique content that showcased each member’s fun-loving personality, combined with their show-stopping performances. After consistently connecting with fans of all ages, Williamson Branch was able to grow their page to over 430K followers currently (as of March 2021).
Album Track Listing:
Heritage [disc one]: 1. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot | 2. There Is Power In The Blood | 3. Give Me Jesus | 4. When I Die I’ll Live Again | 5. This World Is Not My Home | 6. Leaning On The Everlasting Arms | 7. I Just Steal Away And Pray | 8. Where The Roses Never Fade | 9. Be Thou My Vision | 10. I’ll Be A Friend To Jesus | 11. Oh, How I Love Jesus | 12. I’ll Fly Away
Hope [disc two]: 1. Which Train | 2. Walking in the Spirit feat. The Marshall Family | 3. It Was Love | 4. Walkin’ and Jumpin’ | 5. I Don’t Have Time | 6. The Light of His Love| 7. On That Day | 8. I Am Fearfully and Wonderfully Made| 9. I’ll See You on the Other Side | 10. A Joyful Song | 11. Every Time He Held a Nail