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Posted December 07, 2010

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Hit lead single ìYour Loveî Soars to No. 4 on Billboardís National Christian Audience chart following record-setting 78 first-week adds

(Nashville, Tenn.) Dec. 7, 2010 ñ GMAís two-time reigning Male Vocalist of the Year, Brandon Heath readies for the anticipated release of his third studio project, titled Leaving Eden, set for national release on Jan. 18, 2011. The albumís lead single ìYour Loveî has already climbed to No. 4 on iTunes Christian Songs chart, and hits Top 5 at radio with a No. 4 position this week on Billboardís National Christian Audience chart.

The GRAMMY-nominated artist who challenged us to see the world as God sees it on his 2009 Song of the Year hit ìGive Me Your Eyes,î returns with a new 11-song project offering more glimpses into the oft-forgotten and rarely imagined. Showcasing Heathís signature songwriting gift for making the personal relate universally, his plain-spoken poetry arrives wrapped in subtle, yet powerful tracks crafted by Heathís longtime producer Dan Muckala, bringing about the most innovative and approachable pop music of Heathís career.

On Leaving Eden, Heath teams again with acclaimed co-writing partner Jason Ingram on four new songs including the current Top 5 radio single. ìYour Loveî was the first song written for the new album following Heath and Ingramís previous No.1 radio hit collaboration, ìGive Me Your Eyes,î which continues to lead sales with 524,408 downloads to date, according to SoundScan. The album also introduces several new co-writes, including Heathís pairing with Country musicís CMA and ACM Award-winning Song of the Year writer Lee Thomas Miller (No. 1 songs: Brad Paisleyís ìThe Worldî and ìIím Still a Guyî; Trace Adkinís ìYouíre Gonna Miss This;î CMA and ACM 2009 Song of the Year: Jamey Johnsonís ìIn Colorî).

Thematically, the projectís opener and title track speaks to a new awareness in Heathís life that the problems of the world exist in part because of the knowledge of good and evil. However, even amidst innocence being slowly chipped away, Heath believes the world can be changed, even if itís just one decision at a time.

ìThe album starts with the title track ëLeaving Edení stating the obvious pain in the world by just reading the headlines, but turns towards reconciliation despite the hate and frightening things that happen in life,î Heath explains. ìI want to celebrate the goodness in the world, and thatís what the rest of the songs on the project talk about. I feel like I have a choice to protect what little innocence is still left in my life, because I think thatís what attaches me to God. It doesnít mean other things canít be healed, but why do I have to feel like Iím completely ruined, when Iím not?î

Heath recently wrapped his fall co-headlining tour with Jars of Clay, which sold out 7 cities during the 23-city run. In partnership with Blood:Water Mission and Food for the Hungry, the tour saw nearly 25,000 fans and more than 400 kids sponsored.

Heath will tour Leaving Eden through 2011, kicking off with industry mainstay TobyMac on the Winter Wonder Slam Tour, running Jan. 14 through Feb. 20, playing 17 cities including Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, Phoenix and Denver. For spring touring, Heath will headline a month of shows with special guests Dave Barnes and Kristian Stanfill, and then join MercyMe for an estimated 20 cities.

For tour dates, and to listen to the new single, ìYour Love,î visit

About Brandon Heath
Since his 2006 debut, Christian musicís beloved and twice honored Male Vocalist of the Year (2009 and 2010) Brandon Heath has won an Emmy Award, been nominated for two GRAMMYs, an American Music Award, and holds multiple GMA Dove Awards. The Nashville native was featured on the ìCBS Evening News with Katie Couric,î while also spotlighted in the Sunday edition of The New York Times as a GRAMMY-nominated newcomer ìthat shouldn't be allowed to slip through the cracks.î Heathís new radio single ìYour Loveî continues the artistís storied run at radio with 78 adds first-week in Sept., 2010, marking one of the highest add weeks in Christian radio history. His soaring radio career includes three No.1 hits, ìIím Not Who I Was,î ìWait and Seeî and 2009ís GMA Dove-winning Song of the Year, ìGive Me Your Eyes.î Heath first began writing at age 13 and credits his hometownís legendary hotspot for songwriters, the Bluebird CafÈ, as the place he first experienced music that moved him.

Off stage, Heath seeks opportunities to merge his public platform with his heart for community, regularly working with Young Life, Jars of Claysí Blood:Water Mission, Restore International and unofficially volunteering for many other human rights agencies on a global scale. Heath also created the annual ìLove Your Neighborî benefit with songwriter Jason Ingram, in partnership with Fellowship Bible Church in Brentwood, Tennessee, for a night of music to raise funds and gather volunteers for a focused need in the Nashville community.

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