Formed in 2014, community-driven music collective Housefires sparked a re-invention of how worship music was written, performed and experienced. Today (1.27), Housefires shares its new album ‘How To Start A Housefire’ (Capitol CMG / TRIBL Records). The record marks a return from the group’s hiatus with a new generation of performers who reflect the genre’s growing diversity.
"There's been one consistent question that we've gotten over the years of traveling to lead, sing and minister all over the world: how do I start a gathering like this?” says Nate Moore. “People are hungry to be a part of an authentic, free-spirited, Jesus-loving, fiery, worship community. This album captures the essence of what a "house on fire" type of worship community looks and feels like."
With an unfiltered approach to writing and recording music, Housefires strips away the veneer and illusion of “success and fame” and instead, creates a music experience that brings the listener into the recording space with the group, fully embracing what it means to worship.
"We all long to belong somewhere - to be a part of something bigger and deeper than ourselves,” adds Moore. “Especially coming out of the pandemic, people are desperate to feel at home somewhere - to be seen, known and loved by others who are pursuing similar passions and dreams. This album provides a window into a community that has existed the better part of a decade - A place where anyone from anywhere can come and meet Jesus and feel at home with those on their left and their right."
On ‘How To Start A Housefire,’ the collective offers celebratory moments, reflective gratitude, vigorous testimony and more. The album’s focus track “Keep My Eyes Up (feat. Ryan Ellis)” is an anthem of hope that fills the room with a melding of voices representing individuals from different backgrounds coming together as one body.
‘How To Start A Housefire’ is produced by Jonathan Jay and Tony Brown, who also created the GRAMMY-winning group Maverick City Music. The album features Housefires core members GRAMMY-nominee Nate Moore, chart-topping songwriter Ryan Ellis (Chris Tomlin, Natalie Grant, Matt Redman), Kirby Kaple (Chris Tomlin, Passion Music) and Davy Flowers, and features collaborations with artists including 2x GRAMMY-nominee DOE (Forever Jones), GRAMMY-winner KJ Scriven, GRAMMY-winner Chandler Moore (Maverick City Music), Harvest Grapevine and others.