By Rick Hoganson
The first single this year from Gold-selling, Dove Award-winning pop recording artist and songwriter Jordan Feliz, “Glorify,” became the No. 1 Most Added track at Christian radio following its release in June and is already a Top 20 and climbing Billboard hit song. This week, two-time Grammy-winning, multi-Platinum-selling hip hop recording artist Lecrae adds his celebrated rap flair to a remix of the song along with vocals from Reach Records’ Hulvey. The remix is available now at digital and streaming outlets everywhere from Centricity Music.
Leading Christian Hip-Hop site, Rapzilla.com, premiered “Glorify (Feat. Lecrae & Hulvey),” which follows seven-time GRAMMY winner and multi-Platinum selling artist TobyMac and new Gotee Records artist Terrian offering their Bryan Fowler-produced vocals on a separate remix of the song. This Feliz/TobyMac/Terrian-version released July 10 and is available to stream and download now from Centricity Music.
With the original album track likewise available at digital and streaming outlets everywhere, “Glorify” follows a string of No. 1 and top 10 charting, pop-centric singles like “Witness,” “Changed” and “Faith” from Feliz’s Billboard No. 1 Top Christian Album, Future. The soulful, R&B-tinged “Glorify” features a full gospel choir backing Jordan’s recognizable falsetto. In the vein of soulful acts like Earth, Wind & Fire, Al Green and Sam Cooke, Feliz pushes the song into wooden pew, altar call simplicity with a soaring praise-heavy chorus and signature propulsive beats.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever been as excited for a song as I am for this one,” Feliz says of the current single. “Glorify means ‘praise and worship,’ but the sub-context of the word actually is to acknowledge and reveal the majesty and splendor of God by one’s actions. For me, coming out of this hard season of anxiety, stress and messed up priorities, now all I want my life to do is to glorify. I want to reveal the majesty of God by my actions.”
Feliz wrote the fresh track with Jordan Mohilowski and longtime collaborators Colby Wedgeworth and Paul Duncan. Together, Wedgeworth and Mohilowski also co-produced the single. Sonically, with its healthy blend of pop, gospel and soul, “Glorify” forms a sturdy bridge between Future and Feliz’s next studio release, due in 2021. Lyrically, it offers some of Feliz’s most transparent work to date.