Writing music and
playing guitar spanning for two decades, it was when Zach
Williams completely gave his life to Christ that everything
changed and he knew he'd found his calling. Now with immense clarity
of purpose given only from God, Zach has also been blessed with a
crisp and renewed vision of who he is as an artist and a songwriter.
"I have a lot to say about what I walked through to get to where
I am," he says, which he shares in his epiphanic journey
throughout his new album, Rescue Story, slated to release
October 4, 2019 (Sony Music/PLG).
The title track is the just released lead single, which has already
entered Billboard's Contemporary Christian Music top 20.
The ten songs found on the anticipated new project, produced by
Jonathan Smith, are a reflection of where Williams' life
was 20 years ago to now, to the moments and places that he
didn't even realize God was involved. He shares, "I can see now
He was putting these little things together and allowing me to
live in these moments so I can write about it one day. Rescue
Story is the appropriate title for it all."
"Heaven Help Me" and "Walk With You" are just a couple of
the songs that came to him when he looked back on his life
during the writing process.
"So many times, I was in the wrong places and making wrong
choices, yet it was God who was keeping me safe, even when I
thought he was too far gone," he says. "There Was Jesus"
continues that same theme, and is also a highlight for Williams
as the song is a duet with the iconic Dolly Parton.
"Over the past few years, I've met all kinds of people just like me,
people who are dealing with addictions, cancer, suicide,"
Williams explains. "Everyone has a different yet such a
remarkable story. These are the people I write for because they
are me. I'm the average guy out there struggling just like
everyone else, and the folks who are coming to our shows don't
get a chance to share their own stories on a bigger stage. I
feel it's a huge opportunity for me to write and share their
"Rescue Story," the album's first single and overarching theme,
continues to climb the radio charts while also resonating with
everyone who hears it. Both the single and "Walk With You" are
available now as instant downloads with the album's pre-order
campaign. The lyric video for "Walk With You" also just
released, can be viewed at the top of the right column.
Reflecting on his new album and the blessings Christ has given
him, he explains, "When I gave my life to the Lord, I realized
He never left me, even in the darkest times. For this new album,
the title fits because every song has a rescue story. When
you're at your end of the rope, that's when your rescue story
begins. In my case, Jesus has been mine."
Zach recounts here how he was rescued by Christ from his
soul-destroying rock 'n' roll existence.
"On the outside, everyone thought I was completely happy but on the
inside, I was a wreck and a miserable person," explained
Williams. "It wasn't until I found Jesus when I was truly happy
and able to enjoy the things in life that I'm now doing. Before
I didn't even enjoy playing music, I left every night with an
empty hole. Now, I get to leave fulfilled every single night."
It was just a mere three years ago when Williams rapidly made a name for
himself with his record-breaking debut single, "Chain
Breaker," following it up with two more award-winning songs,
"Old Church Choir" and "Fear Is a Liar." Two
versions of his debut album have released, Chain Breaker
and the Deluxe Edition, as well as an EP, Survivor: Live From
Zach William's "Rescue Story"
Zach William's "Survivor"
(Live From Harding Prison) -
Zach William's "Fear Is a Liar"
(Official Music Video) -
Chris Pratt Uses
Zach Williams Song, "Chain Breaker" in Video
Zach William's Official
"Old Church Choir" -
Zach William's Official Video for
the #1 CCM Song,
Williams has earned a GRAMMY Award (2018) and two additional
nominations (2017, 2019), and has won four GMA Dove Awards, two
K-LOVE Fan Awards, three gold singles, and numerous other
nominations and recognition, all which quickly made him a household
name and a staple at radio.
Zach continues to tour this summer hitting all of the major
festivals in the U.S. and Canada. He was most recently in
Atlanta this summer doing a postgame concert at Suntrust Park
following a Braves game.
This fall he will headline "The Rescue Story Tour." With
support from Bethel Music's Josh Baldwin, the tour kicks off
Zach Williams won
the "Best Contemporary Christian Music Album" award with his Chain
Breaker release. The artist stated on Twitter that night that he was
"shocked" by his win. "Blown away. Completely shocked. I'm a huge
fan of everyone in the category and honored to win, but without God
none of this would be possible. Thank you all for your love and
support," tweeted Williams..