Contagious 1 / Various
'Foundry Songs, Vol. 1: Contagious' features songs that emerged from Friday night worship at The Foundry in Nashville, TN. Although these songs have traveled around the world, they were never recorded in a listener-friendly format until now. What is the Foundry? The Foundry is an historic brick building located less than five minutes from downtown Nashville, TN. It was actually the original foundry where metal parts were made for Marathon Motorcars Factory (of 1912), which now houses an arts community situated just down the street from The Foundry. What makes The Foundry so special? Aesthetically, it is a very cool, artsy, earthy building that was renovated into a coffee house/music venue more than a decade ago. But what really makes this facility so remarkable is that God has been working in this old foundry since 1993, forging and refining His people into useful pieces for His Kingdom. This unlikely place has tons of history...His Story is in it! The journey all started out of a men's Thursday night prayer meeting, made up of mostly musicians and a few business guys. They gathered in an upper room with no furniture...just Bibles, candles, guitars, and hand drums. These young "twenty-somethings" were searching for what God had in store for their lives, and in this intimate and honest setting they became stirred and challenged by the revolutionary words of Jesus. As they stretched themselves to follow His words, they found that they were beginning to escape from their mostly self-serving lifestyles to venture into a life that included the poor. One night they decided to take Jesus at His word and go and try to "minister to the least of these." (See Matt. 25:31-46) They grabbed their guitars and bongos, some food, and drove a van to pick up some homeless folks. With hot dogs, beans, and coffee, they served about a dozen lonely men; then they all worshipped the Lord together. Something mysterious and eternal happened that night, something that has not stopped. After experiencing this one obscure outreach on the "wrong side" of town, a vision was birthed: to serve the poor and the lost with the specific purpose of "giving to those who cannot repay." (See Luke 14:12-14) The vision that was evolving and burning in these young men was twofold...the vision also included redeeming music and the arts, therefore, using these gifts for God's glory. The young men began to see that God desired to use the combination of these two elements - creativity and compassion - for the salvation and sanctification of men and for ushering in the last day Harvest. As downtown outreaches increased expanding from the inner city streets all the way to prisons, the vision developed into a non-profit ministry called Provision International - it was simply about "meeting needs." The Foundry became the home base for Provision International. The Foundry opened as a coffee house where artists would sing their songs, and at 10pm every Friday night an all-night worship vigil would begin. During these Friday nights a type of "musical prayer" began to evolve which was an intensely individual and yet corporate experience. The result of these divine encounters was that an extraordinary wave of compassion washed over multitudes of the poor and the lost, starting with Nashville's inner city and then the nations! As this creative community gave themselves to serving the poor, the Lord began to give them songs... many songs. These simple songs became somewhat of an underground movement, but they have been waiting and fermenting for such a time as this. These songs, known simply as The Foundry Songs, have changed our lives as they have been fuel to our fire. We hope they touch you as they have touched us. It is a joy to share them with you! Reviews of 'Foundry Songs Vol. 1: Contagious'... "The Foundry Team caught something very infectious here... intimate, sincere, inviting, and CONTAGIOUS! This music celebrates God's love- sensational music straight from God's heart!" --Jeffery M. Richfield - Vision4Music.com 'While these finely built worship songs are executed by men who are masters of their craft, they are also eminently accessible to the rest of us. Whether you use this music for private worship or a group setting, the irresistible hooks and anointed lyrics will help lead you into a deeper relationship with Christ.' --Mike Toth - Police Officer / Minister.