Audrey Nicole Assad (born July 1, 1983) is an American singer-songwriter and contemporary Christian music artist. Her debut album, The House You're Building, was released through Sparrow Records in July 2010 and went to be named Christian Album of 2010 on Amazon.com and the Christian Breakthrough Album of the Year on iTunes. She has worked and toured with other CCM artists such as Chris Tomlin, Tenth Avenue North, Matt Maher and Jars of Clay. Her most recent album, Evergreen, was released in 2018.

Early life


Audrey Assad was born in Secaucus, New Jersey to an American mother from the state of Virginia and a Arab-American father of Syrian descent. She was raised in a Protestant family of the Plymouth Brethren denomination. She started to play the piano at 2 and spent her youth moving around New Jersey before settling in Scotch Plains from ages 7 to 18. She attended public school until middle school, where her experience there caused her to ask her mother to homeschool her, which she did. Assad spent her adolescence being homeschooled, working at her father's businesses, and attending church events.

Music career


Early career in Florida


In 2002, when Assad was 18, her family moved to Florida and she spent the next six years there. At 19 she briefly attended college and supported herself with odd jobs while beginning her musical career, writing and composing songs for the first time. Assad spent the next five years playing at various venues performing original songs and covers. Venues ranged from restaurants, weddings and coffee shops to leading and organizing worship concerts at church. Around 2003 Assad recorded a 4-song demo with Drew Middleton, a member of the CCM band Tenth Avenue North at the time, whom Assad toured with occasionally.

Nashville and the Firefly EP


In 2008 when Assad was 24, she decided to move to Nashville, Tennessee to continue and focus on her music career. She raised $7,000 from friends and fans to support her move from Florida. In Nashville she worked with producers Paul Moak and Phillip LaRue, recording a five-song EP, Firefly, which sold at shows and featured a handwritten cover made of a brown paper bag. She supported herself by working as a nanny before meeting fellow Catholic musician Matt Maher. Maher took Assad under his wing and brought her to various gigs, where she sang back-up vocals and played sets during his shows. This time together around Maher's home base of Phoenix, Arizona, would later prompt Assad to move there from Nashville. During this time Assad signed on to work as a staff writer for EMI Christian Music Group Publishing, doing songwriting work with other artists.

Sparrow Records


In 2009 Assad signed with Sparrow Records, who had been talking to Assad after the release of her EP. For her first album, Assad then met and played for producer Marshall Altman, who would agree to produce what would become The House You're Building. Altman and Assad recorded the album at the Galt Line Studio in Los Angeles. The House You're Building was released on July 13, 2010, and the title track was featured as a free download on iTunes Discovery Download. The album performed well commercially and critically, going on to become the amazon.com “Best Album of 2010” in the Christian Music category, as well as being the best selling new artist in the Christian Music category of 2010 according to SoundScan. The album reached No. 12 on the Billboard Christian Albums chart and No. 6 on its Heatseekers chart.
Her sophomore album, Heart, was released on February 14, 2012. The album sold 7,300 units in its debut week, an increase of 185 percent over her previous album, and reached No. 18 on the overall iTunes chart. In large part it was a further development of the ″piano-driven style and lyrical depth″ that The House You're Building had shown. The track "Sparrow", was released as a single, and similarly did well. "Sparrow" was based on the classic gospel hymn "His Eye Is on the Sparrow", which Assad has said she loved seeing and hearing in Sister Act 2 when she was young.

Fortunate Fall Records


Wanting to steer her music closer to liturgical and worship music, and attracted by the economic advantages of independent production, Audrey Assad parted ways with Sparrow Records "on good terms." With the help of her husband, William Price III, Assad ran a Kickstarter campaign that reached double its goal by its finish on April 15, 2013. The proceeds paid for Assad's third studio album, Fortunate Fall, which Assad produced herself under the name "Fortunate Fall Records", as well as a live concert EP, O Happy Fault, and a film of the concert.
Assad released her second independent album, Inheritance, on February 12, 2016. Besides two original songs, both co-written with Matt Maher, the rest of the album contains new renditions of traditional church hymns such as "Holy, Holy, Holy" and "Be Thou My Vision," as well as a new rendition of the Latin-language hymn "Ubi caritas." "Holy, Holy, Holy" saw radio airplay after its release as a single on March 15, 2016.
On July 10, 2017, Assad announced via her Twitter page that she was recording her first album of original material since Fortunate Fall, indicating a release in February 2018. The album, titled Evergreen, became available for pre-order via PledgeMusic, with 5% of campaign proceeds going towards Preemptive Love Coalition.

Musical style and themes


Assad grew up in a religious household but listened to secular music growing up through her mother's influence, including The Carpenters, James Taylor and Celine Dion, as well as French and Middle Eastern music from her dad's influence. Later she discovered and began listening to Christian music such as the Newsboys, Nichole Nordeman and Cindy Morgan. When she was 2 she started playing the piano, but it wasn't until she was 19 when she began leading worship that she started writing and performing her own music. Assad played in local Florida venues with a style she described as folky and "average girl with a guitar/piano stuff". The Firefly EP that she recorded with Paul Moak was also described as folky and rootsy.
Her current style is a mix of religious and non-religious themed songs that draw from her Catholic faith as well as literary references from her love of reading literature and poetry. A majority of her religious songs are written in a way that emphasizes being sung to God rather than about God.

Personal life


Growing up Assad was raised in a Protestant religious household and reconfirmed her faith at the age of 19. She converted to Catholicism in 2007 in Florida.
Assad currently lives near Nashville, after living in Phoenix. She is married to William Gene Price III, whom she met in Arizona while on tour with Matt Maher in 2008. The couple married on February 19, 2011 in Phoenix. In October 2013, Assad announced that they were expecting their first child. She gave birth to a son named William G. Price IV in May 2014. On October 19, 2017, Assad gave birth to their second child, a daughter named Camila St. Clare.
Assad is also a public speaker about pornography and masturbation addiction, as account of her own past addiction. She often talks about her past addiction when she performs at her concerts, recommends "confession, accountability and counseling" to overcome such addiction.

Discography


Firefly EP (2008)
For Love of You EP (Sparrow Records, 2010) (Digital)
The House You're Building (Sparrow Records, 2010)
iTunes Live from SoHo (Sparrow Records, 2011)
Heart (Sparrow Records, 2012)
Fortunate Fall (independent, August 13, 2013)
O Happy Fault EP (Fortunate Fall Records, March 18, 2014) (Soundtrack of the film. 5 of these 6 live songs are from Fortunate Fall.)
Death Be Not Proud EP (Fortunate Fall Records, May 20, 2014) (5 unique songs.)
Inheritance (Fortunate Fall Records, February 12, 2016)
Evergreen (Fortunate Fall, Records, February 23, 2018)

References


External links


Official site

 It is well with my soul It is well with my soul - Audrey Assad

Midwinter Midwinter - Audrey Assad

Shiloh Shiloh - Audrey Assad

Wood and Nails Wood and Nails - The Porter's Gate - Audrey Assad - Josh Garrels

Find You Find You - Audrey Assad

Iesu, Dulcis Memoria Iesu, Dulcis Memoria - Audrey Assad

O Happy Fault O Happy Fault - Audrey Assad

Help My Unbelief Help My Unbelief - Audrey Assad

Softly and Tenderly Softly and Tenderly - Audrey Assad

Song For A Winter's Night Song For A Winter's Night - Audrey Assad

Pieces Pieces - Audrey Assad

Lamb of God Lamb of God - Audrey Assad

Blessed Are The Ones Blessed Are The Ones - Audrey Assad

Nothing To Fear Nothing To Fear - Audrey Assad - The Porter's Gate

I Shall Not Want I Shall Not Want - Audrey Assad

Sigh No More Sigh No More - Audrey Assad

Come Thou Fount Come Thou Fount - Audrey Assad

Fortunate Fall Fortunate Fall - Audrey Assad

Come Clean Come Clean - Audrey Assad

Breaking Through Breaking Through - Audrey Assad

Even The Winter Even The Winter - Audrey Assad

Receive Receive - Audrey Assad

Evergreen Evergreen - Audrey Assad

Abide With Me Abide With Me - Audrey Assad

Humble Humble - Audrey Assad

For Love Of You For Love Of You - Audrey Assad

Be Thou My Vision Be Thou My Vision - Audrey Assad

Irrational Season Irrational Season - Audrey Assad

Ought To Be Ought To Be - Audrey Assad

Little Things With Great Love Little Things With Great Love - Audrey Assad

Teresa Teresa - Audrey Assad

Ubi Caritas Ubi Caritas - Audrey Assad

Death, Be Not Proud Death, Be Not Proud - Audrey Assad

Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me yet Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me yet - Audrey Assad

Good To Me Good To Me - Audrey Assad

Drawn To You Drawn To You - Audrey Assad

Oh The Deep Deep Love of Jesus Oh The Deep Deep Love of Jesus - Audrey Assad

You Speak You Speak - Audrey Assad

Even Unto Death Even Unto Death - Audrey Assad

Sparrow Sparrow - Audrey Assad

River River - Audrey Assad

Cornerstone Cornerstone - Audrey Assad

Spirit of the Living God Spirit of the Living God - Audrey Assad

Everything Is Yours Everything Is Yours - Audrey Assad

Won Me Over Won Me Over - Audrey Assad

When I See You When I See You - Audrey Assad

Restless Restless - Audrey Assad

Wounded Healer Wounded Healer - Audrey Assad

Immanuel's Land Immanuel's Land - Audrey Assad

New Every Morning New Every Morning - Audrey Assad

The House You're Building The House You're Building - Audrey Assad

Deliverer Deliverer - Audrey Assad

Your Peace Will Make Us One Your Peace Will Make Us One - Audrey Assad

Carry Me Carry Me - Audrey Assad

Every Mother Every Father Every Mother Every Father - The Porter's Gate - Audrey Assad

O My Soul O My Soul - Audrey Assad

Lead, Kindly Light Lead, Kindly Light - Audrey Assad

Nothing To Fear Nothing To Fear - Audrey Assad

Bells Bells - Audrey Assad

The Middle The Middle - Audrey Assad

How Can I Keep From Singing How Can I Keep From Singing - Audrey Assad

Open The Eyes of My Heart Open The Eyes of My Heart - Audrey Assad

Wherever You Go Wherever You Go - Audrey Assad

Mortal Mortal - Audrey Assad

Run Forward Run Forward - Audrey Assad

Lead Me On Lead Me On - Audrey Assad

The Way You Move The Way You Move - Audrey Assad

Love Again Love Again - Audrey Assad

Holy, Holy, Holy Holy, Holy, Holy - Audrey Assad

Unfolding Unfolding - Audrey Assad

Slow Slow - Audrey Assad

Made Straight Made Straight - Audrey Assad

Lament Lament - Audrey Assad

Known Known - Audrey Assad

Hallelujah Sing Hallelujah Sing - The Porter's Gate - Audrey Assad

No Turning Back No Turning Back - Audrey Assad

Love is Moving Love is Moving - Audrey Assad

Island Island - Audrey Assad

Show Me Show Me - Audrey Assad

New Song New Song - Audrey Assad

Beautiful Things Beautiful Things - Audrey Assad

I Wonder as I Wander I Wonder as I Wander - Audrey Assad

Breaking You Breaking You - Audrey Assad

River In The Rock River In The Rock - Audrey Assad

Everyday Life Everyday Life - Audrey Assad

Winter Snow Winter Snow - Audrey Assad

The Joy of The Lord The Joy of The Lord - Audrey Assad

Pieces Pieces - Sarah Kroger - Audrey Assad

Death in His Grave Death in His Grave - Audrey Assad

Midnight Midnight - Audrey Assad

O Come All Ye Faithful O Come All Ye Faithful - Audrey Assad

Better Better - Audrey Assad

Pearls Pearls - Audrey Assad

Small Hours Small Hours - Audrey Assad

Be Still Be Still - Audrey Assad

See You Soon See You Soon - Audrey Assad

Sound Of Silence Sound Of Silence - Audrey Assad

Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) - Audrey Assad

How About You How About You - Audrey Assad

Eden Eden - Audrey Assad

Yellow Yellow - Audrey Assad

Whipped Cream Whipped Cream - Audrey Assad

Made New Made New - Audrey Assad

Still Making Me Still Making Me - Audrey Assad

Hope You Know It Hope You Know It - Audrey Assad

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Albums & Songs

  • Hope You Know It
  • Be Still
  • How About You
  • Better
  • Be Still
  • How About You
  • Better
  • Declaring Glory (The Earth Sings its Refrain) [feat. Audrey Assad & PAGE CXVI]
  • Whipped Cream
  • Pearls
  • Sound of Silence
  • Whipped Cream (Live Acoustic)
  • Pearls (Live Acoustic)
  • Sound of Silence (Live Acoustic)
  • Mortal (Live)
  • Island (Live)
  • Shiloh (Live)
  • The Middle (Live)
  • Small Hours (Live)
  • Still Making Me (Live)
  • Made New (Live)
  • Eden (Live)
  • Wounded Healer (Live)
  • Your Peace Will Make Us One (Live)
  • Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)
  • Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) [Extended Mix]
  • Shiloh
  • Island
  • The Middle
  • Find You
  • Eden
  • Yellow
  • Find You
  • Island
  • The Middle
  • Shiloh
  • Song for a Winter's Night
  • Love Again
  • Winter Snow
  • Your Peace Will Make Us One (feat. Urban Doxology)
  • Sigh No More
  • Midwinter
  • Bells
  • Evergreen
  • Deliverer
  • Little Things With Great Love
  • The Joy of the Lord
  • River (feat. Propaganda)
  • Unfolding
  • Teresa
  • Irrational Season
  • Wounded Healer
  • When I See You
  • Immanuel's Land
  • Drawn to You
  • Song for a Winter's Night
  • Midwinter
  • Winter Snow
  • Ubi Caritas
  • Holy, Holy, Holy
  • Be Thou My Vision
  • I Wonder as I Wander
  • How Can I Keep from Singing
  • Oh, The Deep, Deep Love of Jesus (feat. Fernando Ortega)
  • Jesus' blood Never Failed Me Yet
  • New Every Morning
  • It Is Well With My Soul
  • Even Unto Death
  • Abide With Me
  • Softly and Tenderly
  • Be Thou My Vision (Fox Sessions)
  • How Can I Keep from Singing (Fox Sessions) [feat. Sarah Kroger]
  • New Every Morning (Fox Sessions)
  • It Is Well With My Soul (Fox Sessions) [feat. Sarah Kroger]
  • Ubi Caritas
  • Holy, Holy, Holy
  • Be Thou My Vision
  • I Wonder as I Wander
  • How Can I Keep from Singing
  • Oh, The Deep, Deep Love of Jesus (feat. Fernando Ortega)
  • Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet
  • New Every Morning
  • It Is Well with My Soul
  • Even Unto Death
  • Abide with Me
  • Even Unto Death
  • Softly and Tenderly
  • Death, Be Not Proud
  • Death in His Grave
  • Lamb of God
  • Receive
  • Love Is Moving
  • Humble
  • Open the Eyes of My Heart
  • Lament
  • Lead Me On
  • I Shall Not Want
  • You Speak
  • Fortunate Fall
  • Help My Unbelief
  • Humble
  • O Happy Fault
  • Lead Me On
  • I Shall Not Want
  • Good to Me
  • Felix Culpa
  • Spirit of the Living God
  • Lead, Kindly Light
  • You Speak
  • Blessed Are the Ones
  • Even the Winter
  • The Way You Move
  • Sparrow
  • Breaking You
  • O My Soul
  • Won Me Over
  • No Turning Back
  • Lament
  • Wherever You Go
  • Slow
  • New Song
  • Sparrow (Live)
  • For Love of You (Live)
  • Breaking Through (Live)
  • Garden (Live)
  • Ought to Be (Live)
  • Hungry Heart (Live)
  • Come Clean (Live)
  • Carry Me / Restless (Medley) [Live]
  • Restless
  • Restless (Medium Key Performance Track With Background Vocals)
  • Restless (High Key Performance Track Without Background Vocals)
  • Restless (Medium Key Performance Track Without Background Vocals)
  • Restless (Low Key Performance Track Without Background Vocals)
  • For Love of You
  • The House You're Building
  • Breaking Through
  • Everything Is Yours
  • Restless
  • Carry Me
  • Ought to Be
  • Known
  • Come Clean
  • Run Forward
  • Show Me
  • For Love of You
  • The House You're Building
  • For Love of You (Acoustic)
  • For Love of You
  • For Love of You (Medium Key Performance Track With Background Vocals)
  • For Love of You (High Key Performance Track Without Background Vocals)
  • For Love of You (Medium Key Performance Track Without Background Vocals)
  • For Love of You (Low Key Performance Track Without Background Vocals)