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We live in a world that moves much too fast. Demands rush towards us and expectations hover over us, making it difficult to simply stop and take time to hear from God. Meredith Andrews knows all too well those challenges, yet as the songs on her new sophomore album demonstrate, something special happens when we seek God's voice and are willing to wait "As Long As It Takes."

Following the release of her 2008 Word debut, "The Invitation," Andrews' ministry expanded dramatically beyond her duties as worship leader at Chicago's Harvest Bible Chapel. Her insightful songs and engaging voice made her one of the Christian music community's most acclaimed new artists. Songs like "You're Not Alone" saturated Christian radio and Andrews found herself touring with Michael W. Smith on his A New Hallelujah Tour.

Needless to say, when she met with producer Jason Ingram to begin work on her sophomore album, the young artist felt the weight of expectation and the pressures that accompany success. "Jason and I had scheduled a songwriting appointment and I just told him 'I just don't feel like I have anything. I don't have any ideas or anything to start from and even if I did, I feel like it would be inauthentic, contrived and I just never want it to be that,'" she confessed. "I wanted it to be genuine and something that God was teaching me. I wanted it to be something that was lighting me up and I just had to write about it, but I had nothing, just a numb feeling like I had nothing to give. I was empty and tired and feeling this pressure. It's the music industry and when you're writing for your sophomore record, they say that's the hardest to write. I was trying to prove myself."

As Andrews poured her heart out to her friend, the song was born that would become the title track of her new record, "As Long As It Takes." "I was saying this all to Jason and he just started writing it down," Andrews recalls. "I looked at the computer screen and I just got tears in my eyes because it started ministering to me. It was the honesty of it all and saying to the Lord 'Okay God, this is where I am. I'm helpless. I'm empty and dry, but I'm just going to sit here until you fill me and wait until you speak and until you move me. I don't think God is afraid of our questions. I don't think God is afraid of us coming to him with our honest heart. When we get alone with the Lord and say, I'm just going to wait for you, in his love is where we find our rest. That was it for me. I just needed to stop striving so much and trying to prove myself. I just needed to rest in the grace that God had already extended to me."

Andrews became familiar with that grace at an early age. A native of Wilson, NC, she began singing in church when she was only six-years-old, and by the time she was in high school, she was writing songs and leading worship. Andrews went on to attend Liberty University, majoring in family and child development. An only child, whose parents adopted three of the many boys they had fostered over the years, Meredith originally planned to work at an orphanage. However, during her junior year at Liberty, she felt God calling her into music ministry. He continued to guide her path, opening the doors for her to lead worship at the 12,000-member Harvest Bible and then to achieve a national platform as a recording artist with Word Records.

As she did on her debut album, Andrews wrote or co-wrote every track on the new album. "It means a lot to me to be able to say the things that are really on my heart," she says citing such songs as her new single "Can Anybody Hear Me." "Co-writing is a blessing for me because when you get another perspective in the room, it opens up a whole other door to the song. That's why I've enjoyed writing with Jason and other people. It's just great to be able to say what's really on your heart and to have people to help you do that."

Among the collaborators on her new album are acclaimed worship leader Paul Baloche, whose credits include such anthems as "Open the Eyes of My Heart" and "Above All." For her new album, Andrews, her husband, Jacob, and Baloche collaborated on "How Great is the Love." "I'm just honored that we got to do that with him because I've learned so much from him," says Andrews. "He poured into us and fed us. I just loved to hang out with him and his wife. It was just the neatest experience and songwriting came really natural. We were in his living room and started praying and it just came out of that prayer. It was a really sweet day and a sweet moment."

Another of the album's highlights is "Only to be Yours," inspired by Psalm 86. "You've heard that quote 'the problem with living with sacrifices is they crawl off the altar,'" Andrews says. "That's what I was thinking when I started the song because I can be so scattered sometimes. I wanted to just say 'Lord just take everything that I am, just everything' and the next day I have to do it all over again because I'm trying to live independent of the Lord. I'm trying to do it in my own strength. In reality I need God's grace. I need to allow the Lord to guide me and I want to stay on the altar. I want to be broken. I want to stay broken in that place where I don't get so busy and I don't get so distracted that everything crowds out the voice of the Lord. I want to hear his voice more clearly."

Two of the most powerful songs on the new album were inspired by people in her life. "What it Means to Love" was inspired by a little boy named McKinsley she met doing mission work in Haiti. "He just has this sweet spirit and this wisdom, even as a six-year-old little boy," says Andrews, who just returned from a trip to Haiti right before the devastating earthquake hit. "I don't know if he fully understands HIV and the disease he has. He just loves life, and he's so vibrant and so funny. He just has such a personality. I just know the Lord has a plan for his life. He's already used this little boy in my life. I wouldn't have written this song if I hadn't been so stirred and so moved by him and by my experience at this orphanage."

"Come Home" is a poignant song written for her brother that not only expresses the unconditional love of a caring sister, but also the mercy and grace of our eternal father. "I've just watched the Lord do such a work in his heart," says Andrews. "He's wrestled with a lot of things and struggled with alcohol since he was 14 and now he's 20. He got in trouble with the law, but it's crazy how God can take things like that, take our own mistakes, and then reveal himself. He revealed his mercy and grace in the midst of that. My favorite part in the song is in the bridge where it says 'you're not a disappointment to me, you're just like the rest of us struggling through the journey,' and it's true. For some of us it's a harder struggle than others. It takes longer for us to come around than others, but God is just writing our story and showing us his love."

On "As Long As I Takes," Andrews continues to write songs that share her story and strike a chord with other believers. "This is my life, sort of what God has been teaching me in the last year," says Andrews recalling one particularly powerful moment late at night. "I just sat straight up and it's like the Lord just spoke to me so clearly and said 'Meredith, your life is not the story of your pursuit of me, but it's the story of my pursuit of you.' And it just changed everything for me because my pursuit of God is so inadequate, faulty, and inconsistent, but God's pursuit of me is constant, relentless and unfailing.

"It just takes this pressure off where I can just rest in his love," she continues. "I don't have to prove myself and I don't have to try to strive to be something. I can just rest in God's pursuit of me because that in turn makes me want to pursue him. When we see God's love for us, it just makes us want to run after him. So for this record, I had to dig a lot deeper and I think my heart was exposed a lot more, which is what I want to happen. I want to be real. I want to be authentic and I believe that people relate to that the most. Maybe in these songs they'll see the love of God more; maybe these songs will challenge them in their walk with the Lord and in turn, they'll just run after him. That's my hope."

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Nashville, TN – (January 18, 2013) – Word Worship’s Meredith Andrews, hailed as one of the preeminent female vocalists, worship leaders and songwriters today, is out Tuesday, January 22, with her third studio album Worth It All. On Thursday, the passionate and powerful vocalist will share music from her new album in a special hour-long live streaming event direct from Chicago hosted by Worship Leader’s Phil Sillas. The album’s lead single, More

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He Has Come For Us (God Rest Ye Gentlemen) Orchestration

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The orchestration for He Has Come For Us (God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen) from Meredith Andrews is here!  This is a gorgeous and powerful updated version of the classic carol.  You can see a live performance of the song here. More

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