Renowned worship leader and songwriter Pat Barrett has just released his latest album, ‘Shelter,’ which is available now. This 12-track album was a labor of love for the Atlanta-based artist, blending worshipful moments with simple, joyful songs that emphasize the power of gratitude and the fleeting nature of time. Through this album, Barrett acknowledges the hardships of life but also emphasizes the security in knowing who holds it all and who our ultimate Shelter is.
“The more life you live, the more hurt that stacks up, and the more things don’t go your way. You have to put all of that somewhere, and I want God to be the One I turn to in all of that, that He becomes a shelter,” Pat Barrett shares. “What else could possibly hold the complexity and the intensity and the joy and the suffering? What other place can handle all that?”
The title track is inspired by scripture in 1 Thessalonians 5 and focuses on being children of light, as we don’t belong to the darkness. This song was co-written by Barrett and Cody Carnes, and a live performance of the song has been debuted today on YouTube. Barrett adds, “I think the ‘belong’ word is a really important thing to remember, regardless of what you feel in the moment. And we all experience things in our life that we wish didn’t happen or we wish we hadn’t said or we wish we hadn’t done, and it is always so powerful to go back to where you belong. This song reminds me of who I belong to, and that’s been an extremely liberating, beautiful, and freeing experience.”
As a respected songwriter and artist in the broader worship music community, Barrett has penned popular songs, including the No. 1 Billboard Christian Airplay and Billboard Christian AC radio, and RIAA Gold Certified single, “Build My Life.” He is also nominated as a songwriter for two GMA Dove Awards this year, which will be held on October 17th. Barrett is nominated for the No. 1 song, “Same God” (Song of the Year) and “This Is Our God” (Worship Recorded Song Of The Year). Barrett has also co-written 23 songs on the current CCLI Top 2000 chart.
Listen to “Shelter” on all platforms here