Ben Pasley, the founding member of the Enter The Worship Circle band remembers how they debuted with songs like You Are So Good To Me (later re-recorded by Third Day and went to #1 on the CCM charts) and I Will Not Forget You (later re-recorded by Paul Baloche), “and our song were built on the Psalms where the everyday struggles of the human experience were sung as a healing experience for the whole community.” Their first release in 1998 was met with incredible enthusiasm and sold 70,000 CD’s just before the advent of digital music online. Much of their success at that time was credited not only to the simplicity of the acoustic guitars, hand drums and live, energetic recording styles, but also their lyrical honesty and brave exposition of spiritual life themes in their lyrics. During those early years they released 9 albums over the course of 10 years and then, all of sudden, the recordings stopped ...
“My heart was so given to being a singer-songwriter in the Canadian folk scene, that I just had to give that pursuit 100% of my energy,” shares Karla Adolphe, the second member of the newly formed Enter The Worship Circle band. Karla’s successes as a solo artist were notable with a nomination for 2007 Canadian Folk Music Best New/Emerging Artist, consistent national/ regional airplay on the CBC, a selection as one of 5 Co-Winners at the 2008 Mountain Stage NewSong Contest, and performances on NPR’s Mountain Stage radio/television show, but according to Karla, “none of these things seemed to help me become the best version of myself ... in December of last year  I felt a distinct challenge to rediscover the integration of faith and art in my public work."
This is where Ben Pasley and Karla Adolphe’s stories get interesting because they both believed they were doing everything they loved to do over the last many years, but they both hit a wall of failed ventures, crashing incomes, and disorientation in 2015 that, according to Ben, “sent us both into our own independent dark seasons of soul-searching trying to find out why we had ended up in such dry places when we thought everything was going to work out great ... and it didn’t.” Soon after, they both found themselves face to face with the notion that God was not done with them or the beloved collection known as Enter The Worship Circle. Ben and Karla formed the new Enter The Worship Circle band as a power-duo in 2016, have already released a brand new album entitled Down Here and Up Above, launched a fresh social media conversation around #myunfinishedstory, and are presently booking concerts in both the US and in Canada.
About the new album: Down Here and Up Above
“Even if our vision is sharp, 20/20 sharp, there is a limit to how far we can see. Without the aid of telescopes even those of us who have perfect vision can’t see very far into the horizon line, much less into the vastness of the heavens. For those of us with spiritual hunger it just might be art, and music, and poetry that carry us farther than our natural eyes could ever go. Down Here and Up Above is an album that is like a telescope into the dreams of God...” This poetic intensity is just how Ben Pasley thinks and how they have written songs for this new release.
They engaged seasoned musicians in every part of the production to build sounds with soaring romance and anchored them pop beats, 808-heavy bass lines, and electronic precision. The heart is the same, but the music is at a totally different level. It is like someone crushed the wild soul-country of the Civil Wars together with the pop rhythm instincts of Bieber or Lorde. Take the track Tear the Veil, for instance, which starts with a refrain that echoes the country mountains of Appalachia, and then, without warning, an 808 heavy track drops so strong that the windows in your whole car vibrate and you literally say aloud, “Oh, yeah, now we are going somewhere!”
The new intensity in their tracks seems to harmonize with the way the both communicate on stage. “To us,” Karla adds, “all album production has one real purpose and that is to give us a way to get on the stage and sing for people!” Their veteranship on the stage--spanning several decades at this point--shines through when they perform live and this is one band where nothing is lost between the album and the stage.
Enter The Worship Circle is back--their voices are still overflowing with the human struggle to engage eternal things while their music is carrying us right along with them!
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