I hope you are having a wonderful day.
I know many of you know KAREN PECK & NEW RIVER and their INCREDIBLE music!
Well, with the new album, REACH OUT, came their first single, “On The Banks Of The Promised Land.”
This is a very special song and is a VERY FAST rising single. It may soon be the #1 song in the nation!!!! Make sure you let RADIO and the group know how much you LOVE this song!!
It is ALWAYS a blessing to represent great songs and wonderful artists. Karen Peck & New River is no exception! But, behind these artists and songs are very gifted songwriters. This particular song includes songwriter, Sue C. Smith, who I am also blessed to call my friend.
I am very grateful to have the opportunity to share her “story behind the song” with you concerning “On The Banks Of The Promised Land.”
Please make sure you read it all and let me know if you’d like to drop Sue a note. I will be happy to share her FB address with you. She is a VERY SPECIAL LADY!
Here is her story behind the song “On The Banks Of The Promised Land”-
As a songwriter, I’ve learned across the years that some songs are written
as a testimony of what the writer has been through. Other songs are written
as a way for God to prepare your heart for what He knows is coming into your
life. When David Moffit, Jason Dyba and I wrote “On The Banks of the
Promised Land,” I thought we were writing a song about the promise we all
had anchored our life upon: that one day Jesus would call us and we would go to meet Him in Heaven. But since we wrote the words “I cast my eyes to the home that waits,” we’ve experienced the “going home” of several people who were precious to us.
First David’s grandfather went to Heaven, and the staff at the nursing home
told David’s family that for the last three days of his grandfather’s life,
he sang one verse from “Where He Leads Me I Will Follow” over and over. It
was the verse that says, “He will give me grace and glory.” We were amazed
to reflect on how we’d written about being “led from grace to glory,” and
David’s grandfather died with those words on his lips.
My father died of Alzheimers not long after that on New Year’s Eve. Even
though he forgot almost everything else, he never forgot how to pray and all
the hymns he knew. What a joy to know that he too had reached “for that
nail-scarred hand” with a song about Heaven in his heart.
Last year, my son passed away suddenly. It has been a heart-ache like
nothing my husband and I could ever imagine; yet oh the comfort we have
found in knowing that Rick knew the Lord, and he is waiting “On The Banks Of The Promised Land.” Though our hearts break for now, we will be with him again one day.
Ultimately the song God allowed us to write that Karen Peck and New River
sing so beautifully is the hope we cling to as believers. This isn’t the end
of things. One day we’ll see Jesus face to face “On The Banks Of The