Southern California-based worship band, Binley, is slated to release their new single 'Joy' on Friday, Oct 11, 2019. The single, featuring Trevor Davis from The Voice Season 4, and founding member Andrea Hamilton Binley, will be the fourth song the newbie worship band has released.
The song is a cover of Upperroom's spontaneous live recording by the same title, released in 2018. Andrea was drawn to the truth in the song: that even in the midst of hardship, peace, hope and joy are available in God's presence, and indeed are His will for us continually. She teamed up with San Diego-based producer Mark Suhonen (production/programming credits for artists including Phil Wickham, Elevation Worship, Jordan Feliz, Chris Tomlin) and created a more dance pop version of the worship tune.
"We all have different struggles in life. When you go through something hard, we can either go through it feeling overwhelmed and defeated, or we can go through it with a supernatural joy that surpasses circumstance," Andrea says. "God is always wanting to give us peace and wanting us to call on His name so he can provide and strengthen us with His presence. He's there to change our attitude and perspective, and the joy He gives us is our strength to move forward through anything. The best thing we can do is to worship, even when it's hard to at first."
The message hits close to home for the lead singer, who has learned to worship God through the struggle of a chronic illness. While dealing with several autoimmune conditions, Andrea says her journey of healing has been a beautiful place to worship from.
"A big part of my own personal journey with God has been honoring Him when my body or my mind doesn't feel like it. He's still deserving of honor and worship," she shares. "While worshiping, you get to a place where you're able to interact with the Savior and breakthrough the negativity. His presence changes your perspective. You realize that you can handle whatever is going on in your life. You reclaim the joy He bought for you."
Guest co-singer on the track, Trevor Davis, is a well-known worship leader who has had his own journey of finding supernatural joy during hard times, along with his wife Heidi, after losing their first daughter Mazelle three days after her birth. Her middle name was Joy.
Trevor says, "Mazelle has changed us so much and given us so much. She gave us three days of pure giving; we suffered and wept, but we laughed and did everything we could to enjoy our time with her. We are further on our way to - lacking nothing - like James talks about after he says 'count it joy when you face trials.' We are closer to God."
Known for its energetic worship and electro-pop sound, Binley hopes to create genuine worship experiences while filling a felt need for upbeat, relevant worship music.
"A lot of current worship music tends to be more reflective, slow in tempo, and minimally produced. Our music is more of a party. We want our songs to stir up joy," says Andrea. "Believers have the biggest reason to clap, dance, and rejoice. We've been given a new name and brought into the family."