A Front Row View With The Erwins

     Great things are happening for Gospel music’s popular group, The Erwins! The Dove winning, GRAMMY® nominees are set to release their new studio recording, THIS IS LOVE, on April 9, 2021. The ThisIsLove_TheErwins_3335x3000_Digipak_300dpi-2eight-song collection highlights the siblings’ signature, crowd appealing sound and provides rich lyrical content to uplift the spirit! The young StowTown recording artists from Texas are ecstatic to hit the road with new music in hand.

     Choosing songs with the Gospel message is Keith, Kody, Kris and Katie Erwin’s top priority. The young adults are wise beyond their years when evaluating the theological weight of songs. Growing up on the road with Christian evangelist parents has something to do with that! Kris comments, “We are thankful for our upbringing and the discernment that was instilled in us at a young age. It is an honor we don’t take for granted.” 

  The Erwins musical style could be described as a melting pot of many musical influences. The result is a distinctive Erwins flair that includes Group Shot-2tight family harmonies with a fun pop of personality. Their originality definitely transcends genre and stylistic boundaries. Kris says, “Music is a tool we use to spread the Gospel and the message of hope, but I don’t want to limit ourselves and our effectiveness by certain styles—especially when we are young enough to be passionate about all different styles of Gospel music.”

     The song “This Is Love,” is a family favorite because The Erwins had their hands in the writing process. The Erwins found themselves on a cruise ship with a few hours between concerts. The siblings brought their ideas, and a guitar into a vacant conference room and were joined by award-winning songwriters, Kenna West and Sue C. Smith.  Katie shares, “This was Keith, Kody and my first time to ever write in our entire lives! For me, it was something I had always wanted to do. Kenna came up with the song idea first and we all took it and ran with it. It was an awesome experience to watch the song come to life!”

     Kris adds, “Kenna and I wrote “Watch and See” from our last album and as soon as we released that project I knew it was just a matter of time before my siblings and I would be in a writing room together. I had no idea it would end up being in the middle of the Caribbean. It was a special memory I will never forget.”

     The debut single, “The God I Know,” will hit radio with the album’s release. The message of God’s power and peace is timed well following a challenging year that included a Global Pandemic! 

     COVID-19 shutdowns affected The Erwins’ ministry like everyone else’s, but Kris and Katie realize more than ever that what they do is not about a music career; it is about being faithful to God’s call. Katie says, “It definitely made me more excited more than ever to get on the bus with my family. I’ve realized how special our bond— our connection is! Sitting home all of those weeks made me truly miss it. I look forward to being on the road full-force every weekend singing with my family. This is my calling, and I truly love it.” Kris admits he enjoyed the first few months of quarantine because of his “home-body” personality, but soon missed fulfilling his call as well. 

     God is blessing The Erwins and they are grateful! The Erwins earned Grammy Nom Cover-Erwins (2019) - What Christmas Really Meansa Dove for Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year in 2020 for “The Power Of An Empty Tomb,” and received a 2021 GRAMMY® nomination for Best Roots Gospel Album. Kris says, “We’re humbled to see God open these doors for us. We started out singing three or four songs every night before our father preached at church revivals all across the country. So our goal was always only to share the Gospel and encourage the saints. The fact all these things are happening is really just icing on the cake.”

     The Erwins will celebrate the release of THIS IS LOVE on April 16 in Canton, Texas. “We are going to make that our release party,” Katie explains “We will film it with a live audience and will sing all of the new songs, along with some from previous projects.” The Erwins plan to share this concert and will announce the air date and time.

     The Erwins are always ready to share encouragement. When asked to offer a word to afrontrowview.com readers Kris responds: “So many things in life seem out of our control. The year 2020 has shown how fragile life as we know it can be. The crazier things seem around us— the more it seems we’re going to sink or go under, that is exactly what emphasizes the hope and comfort we have in Christ.”

    Katie adds, “Nahum 1:3b says, ‘The Lord has His way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of His feet.’ When you look up in the sky and see these huge massive clouds— it shows you how powerful God is! If the clouds are just dust at His feet, imagine how able and powerful He is to reach down and supply every single one of our needs. He has everything under control and is just a single prayer away.”

     Great things are happening with The Erwins! It is refreshing to see young adults serving the Lord with excellence, integrity and enthusiasm! Stay up to date on The Erwins’ ministry on all social media platforms and at https://erwinministries.com. 

ABOUT THIS IS LOVE

THIS IS LOVE drops April 9. The album includes songs written by some of the best writers in Gospel Music—Wayne Haun, Sue C. Smith, Kenna West, Tony Wood, Dixie Phillips, Kevin Winebarger, Joseph Habedank and more. This StowTown recording was produced and arranged by Wayne Haun.

Katie’s favorite song is “When My Scars Touch Yours.” Katie explains, “I love Kris’ vocal on this. It is absolutely breathtakingly beautiful. It is a gorgeous song and I can’t wait for everyone to hear it.”

“Mountain In the Sea,” (Habedank, Haun) includes ocean sound effects. Kris comments, “It’s songs like this and the way the production turned out that will present a different sound than we’ve ever had before. I think Wayne {Haun} has done a great job layering our musical influences and honing in on a definite Erwins style.”

The project’s theme is inspired by 1 Corinthians 13:13: “And now these three remain; faith, hope and love. But the greater of these is love.” The collection also has a song for everyone to enjoy. Some are upbeat—bluesy, progressive, modern-pop country and others are worshipful, but all encourage the listener and glorify God. THIS IS LOVE will be available on all digital platforms starting April 9; pre-order Cd’s here.

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Throughout her career and ministry, Rhonda has served at SGNScoops.com, GospelMusicUpdate.com, and SouthernGospelUpdate.com (as Editor in Chief). She has also published articles in Singing News Magazine and CCM Magazine. As a music journalist, Rhonda interviewed numerous well-known artists (such as Bill and Gloria Gaither, Larnelle Harris, Phillips Craig & Dean, Jason Crabb, and many more). She has also covered the GMA Dove Awards, KLove Awards, The National Quartet Convention, Harmony Honors, GMA Hall of Fame, and other special events. Rhonda is also a songwriter and worship leader.