“Ahead,” the title track from Frontiers singer/songwriter PERRY LaHAIE’s current CD, capped a successful year at Christian radio by landing at No. 2 for 2016 on the independent Christian Radio Chart’s (CRC) All Songs chart. “Ahead” reached No. 1 on CRC’s Contemporary Christian Music chart during the week of August 22, 2016, then displayed its staying power by remaining in the chart’s Top 5 during the months of August and September, 2016. The song continues to resonate at radio, as it remained at No. 10 on CRC’s All Songs chart for the week of February 6, 2017.
The Contemporary Christian Music chart tracks airplay in the Praise & Worship, Inspirational, Christian Adult Contemporary, Christian Current Hit Radio, and Christian Rock formats. The sparkling single is the third radio release from LaHaie’s critically-acclaimed CD, Ahead, and follows in the footsteps of his previous singles, “Your Own Backyard” and “Unqualified.”
“Your Own Backyard,” the latest single from Moody Radio morning drive-time host and Frontiers recording artist PERRY LaHAIE, has been released. The sparkling light rock anthem is the second single from LaHaie’s critically-acclaimed CD, Ahead, following in the footsteps of the first single, “Unqualified,” which was a steady fixture on the Christian Radio Chart’s Top 10 in both 2014 and 2015. To view the lyric video for “Your Own Backyard,” www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwkCdL-vg3M&feature=youtu.be
Frontiers recording artist PERRY LaHAIE has released the song “Unqualified” from his new CD, Ahead, to Christian radio. “Unqualified” is the first single from the 11-song collection. “I think the message of ‘Unqualified’ is really universal,” LaHaie says. “A friend of mine nailed it recently when he told me, ‘Even after starting to follow Jesus, there are so many times of failure in the journey that we don’t feel qualified to represent Jesus to others. It’s vital to remember that isn’t the case. “The reality,” LaHaie says, “is that we are all unqualified and God has taken the gargantuan step to qualify us through the death of His own Son. If God can forgive and use me, He can forgive and use anyone. He has forgiven us to be a blessing to our neighbours and to the nations!”
PERRY LAHAIE: AHEAD (www.perrylahaie.com)
Perry Lahaie works with Frontiers, with a well-established outreach ministry in the Muslim world and, according to the PR blurb, this follow up to his 2008 debut album ‘Endless Fields’ furthers his foray into “guitar-driven, radio-friendly roots rock”. I couldn’t have put it better myself. It also marks the singer’s first project collaborating with other songwriters rather than tackling all the writing himself but, being unfamiliar with his earlier work, I can’t really judge what difference that has made. As for the album itself, I still believe a good opener is essential (even when so much music is played on shuffle nowadays) and we get one here in the shape of “The End Will Come” which is driven along splendidly by a solid rhythm section and some nice layered guitars and voices, and sets the tone for the rest of the album which maintains its quality throughout. For me, the slower tracks are the real stand-outs, especially “American Dream” and “Help Me Find My Way”, and these also seem to have the most personal lyrics on the album. The latter song also makes great use of strings and provides some welcome variation in sound and tone. To round things off, we have an excellent version of the classic hymn “All Hail The Power Of Jesus’ Name” and a surprisingly low-key finale in the shape of “Come Lord”, another highly effective slower song that could easily be used in a congregational setting. All in all, an excellent album. David Cooper 9/10
Nashville Radio morning drive-time host and Frontiers recording artist PERRY LaHAIE is prepping for the March 5 release of his highly-anticipated new CD, Ahead. LaHaie, known for his outreach ministry in the Muslim world, says inspiration for the 11-song collection draws heavily on a quote from Dawson Trotman, the founder of the Navigators: “When you can’t see very far ahead, go as far ahead as you can see. That’s why I sing about reaching the nations and that’s why I work with Frontiers,” LaHaie says. “Although I cannot always see where my path is leading, God has made this very clear: I am compelled to share the Gospel with those who have never heard it. We are taking the Good News to Muslim people groups that have never had a chance to hear about Jesus. Several of the songs on my new CD are directly related to the mission work I do.” Ahead, LaHaie’s long-anticipated follow-up to his 2008 debut CD, Endless Fields, continues to expand the singer/songwriter’s foray into the realm of guitar-driven, radio-friendly roots rock in the vein of Jason Gray, Andrew Peterson, Bebo Norman and Matt Maher.