But before the group officially leaves the proverbial building, there’s one last CD and an 18-city farewell tour that fans won’t want to miss. “From the beginning, Nathan and I have sensed that we’re so wired for partnership and collaboration with other artists,” Christy adds. So with that in mind, the band won’t end its run with a standard greatest hits package.

Instead, on March 14, the duo will release "A Grateful People," a 65-minute live disc recorded at the couple’s home church just outside of Nashville. Featuring new concert recordings of 12 songs, including “Arise and Be Comforted” and “A Grateful People” from Watermark’s independent days, the album also includes two new studio songs, “Light of the World” and “Elliana’s Song”, for their daughter, and highlights special guests Chris Tomlin, Charlie Hall, Point of Grace, Shane & Shane and Ed Cash.

Reflecting on the group’s tenure, Michael W. Smith says, “Christy Nockels creates space for worship like few artists I’ve been around. When she sings, it’s disarming – you must pay attention. Whether it’s 10,000 people at a Passion conference or an intimate gathering, Christy is a worshipper who leads us all. Nathan and Christy are a huge part of the Rocketown Records story, and my life has been enriched by their love for worship music.”

 

    
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