Woodstock singersongwriter and worship leader Carisa Turner is set to release her sophomore EP “Come Down” on Tuesday, which features five new songs written by Turner that explore a variety of topics, including restoration, adoration, worship, sorrow and lament. The EP was made possible through a Kickstarter campaign Turner ran earlier in the year, an experience which she described as incredibly humbling.
“The night before the campaign launched, I was incredibly nervous.
It’s a very vulnerable thing to put yourself out there and ask people to believe in you and your music,” Turner said. “I was absolutely amazed when halfway through the campaign, the project was 100 percent funded.
I couldn’t believe it — I was truly floored by the amount of support and love my family, friends and fans showed me.
People really believe in what I’m doing and that’s a great feeling.”
From fresh, contemporary pop songs about how God makes people beautiful (“Washed By The Water”) to exploring her emotional response, to the stillbirth of her nephew last year (“Forever Home”) to an intimate and incredibly raw plea for God to remind her of His goodness in the midst of tragedy and sorrow (“Come Down”), Turner’s ability to showcase her authentic self is displayed from beginning to end, a release about the project said.
“One of my goals as an artist is to be open and real about the stories behind my songs,” Turner said. “Sometimes my songs come from joyful seasons in life, when I’m marveling at God’s character or exploring the truths found in scripture.
But other times, they come from much harder and sorrowful places, which is the case with a couple songs on this EP.
However, I didn’t want to run from those stories. Instead, I took extra care in sharing those experiences in a way that will hopefully help others not feel alone in their times of grief and doubt.”
To help tell these stories and shape the vision for the project, Turner worked alongside Atlanta-based producer Chris Arias, owner of The Renegade Room studio in Sandy Springs.
“I feel so privileged to be a part of this project,” Arias said.
“It’s an intimate and honest glimpse at the intersection of faith and reality. Carisa’s heart for God and people is both beautiful and inspiring.”
Since the release of her debut EP “Stop The Noise” in November 2011, Turner’s music ministry has been gaining momentum.
Most recently, her song “Lost At Sea” won the Grand Prize Award in the 2013 Christian Women in Media Association’s annual songwriting contest. Two of her other songs placed in the Top 10 — “What Would I Do” and “Stop The Noise”. Her first radio single “We Declare” was played on more than 100 local, national and international radio stations and “Stop The Noise” was also featured on The Songwriter’s Café Collective.
Turner will celebrate the release of “Come Down” with an EP Release Concert and Party at Ragamuffin Music Hall in Roswell on Sept. 6 at 8 p.m.
The album will be available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, and other digital music stores starting on Tuesday.