The Longing

The Longing

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We’ll tell the world of you,
Your infinite grace, your furious love,
We’ll tell the world of you.
— The Longing

It’s a promise uttered from a heart bowed beneath the bigness of God. And on The Longing’s self-titled debut, accomplished songwriter Jason Ingram motions us to come forward and share those moments in a powerful one-on-one meeting with God.

Intuitive melodies, compelling vocals and sophisticated musicianship set The Longing apart from other groups within its genre, introducing listeners to an expanded palette of reflective music. Woven throughout each song is an honesty that reflects Ingram’s desire to lead others to “the place” where brokenness brings grace, and humility makes way for God’s inconceivable goodness.

“Every song on this album grew from a broken and contrite heart,” says Ingram. “Over the years, I’ve become more aware of my absolute inadequacy to approach God, much less lead others there. What’s amazing is how God accepts our worship, broken as it may be, and actually delights in it. That truth leaves me with a longing to create something beautiful for Him.”

The Christian music industry knows Ingram well. In the past several years, he’s made his mark as a gifted songwriter composing dozens of hits for top artists such as Joy Williams, Rebecca St. James, Building 429, Salvador and Avalon, among others. He’s also served as a worship leader for more than 10 years, leading music at events, churches and conferences nationwide. Some know Jason as the son of Pastor Chip Ingram, a nationally syndicated radio talk show host and CEO of Walk Thru the Bible Ministries.

But in 2003, after years of performing and writing, God whispered and Ingram stopped. He pulled his life over, got quiet and listened. Internal struggle defined the season to come, but the metamorphosis that occurred while Ingram pursued God’s heart was redefining. Through a number of experiences, God lovingly taught Ingram to find his sole identity not in personal attributes but in Christ.

During that time, God’s grace hit shades of amazing that left Ingram speechless.

Ingram emerged stronger with new relationships and a band called The Longing. From day one, their hearts were in sync. Calling on three additional musicians whose credits include a range of touring, production and studio work, the band also comprises guitarist Dave May (ZoeGirl, Stacie Orrico, David Crowder Band), drummer Matt King (Watermark, Matt Redman, Passion ’06), and bassist Jono Brymer (Vicki Beeching). Each member felt a corresponding call to bring their gifts home and serve the local church.

“The vision of The Longing belongs to God,” says Ingram. “Our desire is to reach God’s ears — to please Him with our offering. If the music moves others to do the same, that too, will be God’s hand. Our dedication is not to the band, the music or any kind of vision. Our dedication is to Jesus; our vision, His vision.”

The Longing shares its vision with label home Indelible Creative Group, whose mission is to serve God through creating remarkable products. Ingram comments on the partnership, “In the music business, there is always this delicate balance between commerce and art. As Christians, we’ve added Jesus to the equation. However, Jesus must not be added as a third tier to the balancing act, but He should be the only point under which good art and commerce serve. Indelible gets this. I’m humbled to be in partnership with people who pursue Christ’s heart and use their resources, relationships, and expertise to draw as many as possible to that same end.”

Dove Award-winner and Grammy AwardTM nominee Tom Laune (Michael W. Smith, Nichole Nordeman, Rich Mullins, Matt Redman, Jeremy Camp, Chris Rice, Amy Grant) produced The Longing’s May 2006 debut. He, alongside Ingram, helped to define the band’s musical styling, a sound that is raw and modern with European influences. To temper the “slick” quotient and preserve emotional integrity of the songs, most tracks were cut live with everyone together in-studio.

Lyrically, the project contains a message to match its sonic candor. “Unleashed” reflects Ingram’s views of church culture in America as well as his own personal worship. He believes that with the powerful movement of congregations toward incorporating song into weekly gatherings has come a disconnect between the worshipper and to whom they sing. “Unleashed” begs the question: If God indeed inhabits the praise of His people, what does that look like?

“I don’t know,” says Ingram. “I only know I’ve become too comfortable. This song reminds me that engaging the King of the universe is not something I want to take lightly. It is a scary thing to request that God unleash Himself on us, but I pray that when we do, we will encounter Him in ways that will call us to a greater sense of reverence.”

“We’ll Tell the World” echoes the aforementioned sentiment of avoiding complacency and living whole-heartedly for Christ. Unabashe

Lyrics

Heal This Land

Written By: Ingram/Glover

Heal This Land
Ingram, Glover

Waters rise
With rivers of injustice
Creation sighs
At the sound of suffering
So much has changed
Since the days of Eden
Lord make haste
Redeem this fallen place
God stretch out your hand
Bring healing to this land
Bring healing to this land
God sing over us
Wash away the stains
Let mercy fall again
Bring healing to this land

On our knees
We confess our folly
Patient King
To You our hearts bow down
Give us peace
If it brings You glory
This our plea
Lord we need you now

God stretch out your hand
Bring healing to this land
Bring healing to this land
God sing over us
Wash away the stains
Let mercy fall again
Bring healing to this land

God sing over us
Bring healing to this land
God sing over us
Bring healing to this land

© 2005. All Rights Reserved. Peertunes, Ltd./Grange Hill Music/J Ingram Music (All rights administered by Peertunes, Ltd.) (SESAC), 50% Years Later Music (Admin. The Loving Company) (ASCAP)

Salvation Songs

Written By: Ingram/May

Salvation Song
Ingram, May

Sovereign Lord, there is no one like you
High above the nations of the earth
You chose to come without reservation
Humble King, You are the Son of God

What can be said with mortal tongues
To express our gratitude

Salvation Songs are rising from our hearts
Are rising from our hearts
Only your love has set us apart
You set us apart for your kingdom

Amazing Grace covered us the dying
Ancient of days, we’re captured by your love
You took our place when we were least deserving
Holy King, You are the Son of God

© 2005. All Rights Reserved. Wordspring Music LLC (SESAC), Indelible Creative Group (Admin. Cedar Music Publishing)(BMI)

Unleashed

Written By: Ingram/May

Unleashed
Ingram, May

We want to meet with you
Rain down from above
We love the things You do
There’s healing in Your touch

We’re hanging on
Every word You say
Hear the song
We’re singing every day

Unleash on us
The glory that You’re known for
King of love, You’re the one we adore
As we lift up a thousand hallelujahs
Matchless one, unleash Yourself on us

We’re crying out
With desperation on our lips
We’re bowing down
’Cause there’s nothing more than this
To You we run
To You our sacred friend
You’re the sun
And under You we live

Unleash on us
The glory that You’re known for
King of love, You’re the one we adore
As we lift up a thousand hallelujahs
Matchless One, unleash Yourself on us

© 2005. All Rights Reserved. Peertunes, Ltd./Grange Hill Music/J Ingram Music (All rights administered by Peertunes, Ltd.) (SESAC), Indelible Creative Group (Admin. Cedar Music Publishing) (BMI)

My Offering

Written By: Ingram/Houser

My Offering
Ingram, Houser

I lay it all down, my dreams and my crowns
Lord, I surrender
I lay it all down, my fear and my doubt
Lord I surrender, Lord I surrender

My heart like never before
My heart like never before
Lord, I wanna give you everything
I wanna give you everything
This is my offering

Give me the strength, enough for today
Lord, I surrender
Show me your way, give me the grace
Lord to surrender, Lord I surrender

All I have, I bring to You
To You, Lord

© 2005. All Rights Reserved. Dayspring Music LLC (BMI), Songs Of Extreme/Cedar Sides (Admin. Cedar Music Publishing) (ASCAP)

Here's My Heart

Written By: Ingram

Here’s My Heart
Ingram

You Lord are high above the earth
Nothing can compare with You
All have seen Your works
Long before the mountains were born
Before the earth was formed
You loved me even then

Good and faithful one
You have proven Your love
You did not withhold Your son
Heaven’s love came down
Life with You, my crown
How could I not then love you
Here’s my heart bowed down
Here’s my heart bowed down

© 2005. All Rights Reserved.
Dayspring Music LLC (BMI)

Discography

The Longing -- Self-titled debut

Current Single -- Salvation Songs