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ANDREW RIPP RELEASES THE HEART AUGUST 24TH AS THE FIRST HALF OF THE NEW ALBUM THE HEART & THE SOUL
Andrew Ripp, returns to his fans with The Heart, the anticipated first half of the new album The Heart & The Soul, available August 24th. The six-song ep features AndrewÃ¢ÂÂs powerful voice in its most honest setting yet while conjuring up soulful pop melodies that are catchy yet restrained in a way that can only come from experience and maturity. The infectious up-tempo love song Ã¢ÂÂNever in a Million YearsÃ¢ÂÂ and moody slow-burn Ã¢ÂÂWildfireÃ¢ÂÂ are available on all streaming services today.
After his last headlining tour and the release of his Ed Cash produced self-titled album in 2015, Ripp, who celebrated his 10-year sober anniversary this past January, took a hiatus to recharge and find perspective. It also became a time of waiting as he and his wife, Carly, struggle to start a family.
Ã¢ÂÂIt became clear that I couldnÃ¢ÂÂt create anything beautiful or meaningful from a place of exhaustion. I needed time to rest and become inspired by music again. I felt like God was asking me to put my guitar down and wait.Ã¢ÂÂ
So thatÃ¢ÂÂs what he did. Instead of picking up his guitar, Ripp picked up a longboard and spent time skateboarding through the greenway near his home, listening to inspirational podcasts and taking time to himself. Slowly, music began to emerge from the piano in his living room and from demos heÃ¢ÂÂd create in his basement studio. The result was music that reflected hope and love.
Ã¢ÂÂWhen you let everything go, you can start being real. I didnÃ¢ÂÂt want to water down the songs to be more Ã¢ÂÂcommercialÃ¢ÂÂ. I aim to write the most honest music I can - and yes, some of them are more spiritual than others. ItÃ¢ÂÂs a part of my story I refuse to keep in the shadows just to make sure my music is more Ã¢ÂÂaccessibleÃ¢ÂÂ. In todayÃ¢ÂÂs world, songs of love, overcoming adversity, and redemption are songs that we all need to hear.Ã¢ÂÂ
Although his music has always contained subtle references to his faith, itÃ¢ÂÂs not surprising that his spiritual journey has become a stronger theme in his music.