Indie Christian Singer/Songwriter Brady Toops Releases Charting Debut Album
On Tuesday, August 27th, independent singer/songwriter Brady Toops debuted his new self-titled, full length record in digital stores worldwide and broke into the top 10 for iTunes album sales in the Christian/Gospel category, reaching the #8 spot. The new success highlights the grassroots following Toops has cultivated over the last couple of years on the road as an independent artist with no label or management backing.
Chad Michael Snavely, producer at RELEVANT Magazine, first heard the new record from Toops a couple months ago when a mutual friend, Phillp LaRue (Us & Our Daughters), passed it along. After hearing the tunes, Chad Michael described the sound as "the perfect blend between Johnny Cash and John Mark McMillan". RELEVANT has gotten behind the record and featured it on their re-launched music service called The Drop where they stream albums from a number of up and coming signed and unsigned artists.
In his quest to redefine the proposed gap between the sacred and the secular, Brady Toops makes music that truly appeals to the soul. Drawing inspiration from artists like Jon Foreman and the previously mentioned, Johnny Cash, he combines elements of traditional folk, rock'n'roll and gospel in this latest project. Brady teamed up with new producer David Leonard (of All Sons & Daughters) to work on this 11-song collection in Franklin, Tenn. over the last year and a half. Though many have called this album a worship record, it displays a unique variety of hymns, spirituals, and traditional singer/songwriter tunes all wrapped in a warm vintage sound. It includes co-writes with David Leonard (Integrity), as well as Anthony Skinner and Mia Fieldes (Hillsong).