Threaded by the words “I’ll never be more loved than I am right now,” Steven Furtick, Elevation Worship frontman Chris Brown, and Maverick City’s Chandler Moore and Naomi Raine wrote and composed the gospel-tinged anthem during a writing session that would signal the makings of a now thirteen-track joint project titled Old Church Basement.
“We were sitting in the room and Pastor Steven says, ‘I have been thinking about this line that I will never be more loved than I am right now,’” recalls Raine. “Honestly, this song flowed out. We were in that room for about 10-12 hours, so, for me, this writing session is actually one of the defining writing moments of my life because more than it was a tool of ministry for someone else, I was singing that to myself and I think this song, as I believe it will change people’s lives, it has changed mine.”
On the song and visuals, Moore says “It has revolutionized a lot in me… and helped me thru a very tough season. We recorded this 4 days after my apartment caught on fire & I lost everything. Go look at the video … you’ll see me fall apart at the end.” Watch the live performance below.
“Over the past year, the Mav crew has become more like family to us. The times we’ve spent writing and worshipping together have been very special and felt equally important to what God was doing in both of our ministries,” said Brown.
“I promised Chandler I would try to preach a sermon around our song ‘JIREH’ this week to honor the release. But as I tried to prepare it, I realized I couldn’t, and didn’t need to, because the song is already a sermon, a series really,” Furtick wrote on Instagram. “I didn’t know when we walked downstairs to the basement that morning last August, we’d leave that night with an anthem I’d love so much.”
Old Church Basement will release on April 30 via Elevation Worship Records and is available now to pre-save and pre-add. “Jireh” featuring Chandler Moore and Naomi Raine is available now to stream or download.