It’s been three years since their last compilation, but we finally have another installment of Mercyland: Hymns For The Rest Of Us, Vol. II, available for download and stream on January 15, 2016.
We’re premiering Sugar & The Hi-Lows’ stand-out track “Stranger” off of the album.
‘We wrote this song in my Berry Hill writing loft,” said Sugar member Amy Stroup of “Stranger.” “It was a natural process; we just started talking, and the conversation turned into a song. I had a little voice memo and title I jotted down one night driving home in Nashville. It was a, ‘God, I need you, you better not hide right now’ kind of moment. Trent and Phil [Madeira, organizer of the Mercyland project] really brought the idea to life I think. The song feels like an honest prayer. That’s how it works a lot of the time with Phil … very natural, and lots of heart in each song.”
Stroup herself has sung on both Mercyland compilations, the original being released back in 2012.
“The phrase ‘hymns for the rest of us’ really resonates with me,” said Stroup. “A lot of the time I feel like I’m an outsider in the Southern/traditional Christian circles. You turn on the TV, and you only see the embarrassing Christians against things, or you walk into a church, and everyone seems to have it together. I think this project is made up of a large group of artists and songwriters that I respect that seem to feel similar to that sentiment. It was an honor to be associated and asked to do something simple and honest, not against anything but for celebrating different perspectives and just ‘what if God is Love.’ The project has space for faith and doubt in the same song, and that’s something I can relate to.”
“Stranger” will be available for purchase along with a pre-order of Mercyland on iTunes beginning tomorrow, December 11th. The full album drops on January 15th, 2016.