Based at Franklin, Tennessee’s Journey Church, and composed of Leslie Jordan and David Leonard, All Sons & Daughters is known for their organic, folk aesthetic and lyrics that focus squarely on Jesus while embracing the tension of the Christian walk. Their songs include “All The Poor and Powerless,” “Brokenness Aside,” “Oh How I Need You,” and “Great Are You Lord,” which is currently ranked in the top 20 of the most-performed songs in churches according to Christian Copyright Licensing International.
According to Leonard and Jordan, first single “I Surrender” was inspired by the life of Saint Francis, a man who was born to privilege but suffered abuse at the hands of his father. Francis walked away from his father and the family’s wealth, literally giving his father the clothes from his back, to follow Christ and embrace a life of service to the Church. The lyrics of “I Surrender” read:
The riches of this world will fade / The treasures of our God remain
Here I empty myself to owe this world / Nothing and find everything in You
I surrender, I surrender / I surrender all to You
While traveling in the footsteps of poets (writers) and saints to draw inspiration for the new album, All Sons & Daughters were joined by their pastor, Jamie George, and members of the Journey Church leadership team. From their experience, George penned a book that examines the lives of poets and saints, and together, George and All Sons & Daughters crafted corresponding Poets & Saints curriculum and a study guide for small groups, all of which will release in September.