|‘Songs for the Church’ EP hits No. 1 on iTunes chart|
|Written by Jeremy Burns|
|Wednesday, 11 December 2013 12:01 PM EST|
Texas-based husband and wife worship duo Tyler & Bailey Dodds’ new EP, Songs for the Church (Tyler & Bailey Dodds/Catapult Distribution), hit No. 1 on iTunes Christian & Gospel chart on its release day, Dec. 10.
“We simply wanted to allow our church body to continue worship outside the walls of our church,” said Tyler, who serves as worship pastor at Stonegate Fellowship in Midland, Texas, where Bailey also regularly leads in worship. “When this record debuted at No. 1 on the Christian and Gospel charts today, we were blown away by the response.”
“The original title was ‘Songs for our Church’ but right before we finished it, we changed ‘our’ to ‘the,’ ” Tyler added. “We see now that God had another plan and that He would connect us to so many more people that would connect with His truth.”
Tyler released his debut album, This Is not Our Home (Tyler Dodds/Catapult Distribution) in 2008. The following year, he went on staff at Stonegate Fellowship as a worship pastor and felt called to focus his entire ministry on the local church. In the past four years, God has quietly been growing and shaping Tyler and Bailey as they learned how to write together, be “stationary” and began to raise a young family.
The result is Songs for the Church—a collection of songs Tyler and Bailey have been leading on Sunday mornings with their congregation. Tyler produced and recorded, played every instrument and mixed and mastered the album in a studio set up in a converted shed in the Dodds’ backyard.