Alex Faith & Dre Murray “Southern Lights: Overexposed”
Released April 28, 2015
About Southern Lights: Overexposed:
This album intends to hold in tension the harsh realities of Alex and Dre’s cultural realities—from upbringing to modern day—while purposely shining the light on Jesus in the darkness. This does not mean that each song will be a sermon, nor does it mean that each song on the album is trying to hide Jesus either, but rather like John Piper said, “stay in step with the gospel,” even if you don’t hear it explicitly in each song. There is a tension, but this album is “in step with the gospel.” The album is meant to be heard in one listen, though there are stand alone songs.
Be it the politically charged song Wake Up Music; the hard-hitting intro, Overexposed; to City of Nightmares II, you will hear southern beats, flow, warm mixing and mastering, production from Wit and Swoope––on I-285 and I-610—and an album that glorifies Jesus. Arguably one of our best project yet, or as Alex says, “the best project that I have put out having finally found my voice.”
* Both are members of WLAK who debuted March 2013 at #1 on iTunes Overall and #1 on iTunes Hip Hop/Rap chart. WLAK charted on Billboard at #7 Rap, and #81 Top 200.
* In late 2014, Alex Faith and Dre Murray together toured 20+ cities around the US performing both solo & group material.
* Dre Murray’s label debut Gold Rush: Maybe One Day charted on Billboard #15 Rap, and #189 Top 200. GRMOD peaked at #8 on iTunes Rap Albums.
* Dre Murray is featured on Lecrae’s critically acclaimed mixtape “Church Clothes” which has received over 1 million downloads
* Alex Faith’s label debut ATLast charted on Billboard #16 Rap, and #193 Top 200. ATLast peaked at #8 on iTunes Rap Albums chart.
* Features labelmate Swoope whose album Sinema charted on Billboard #4 Rap, and #55 Top 200.
Southern Lights: Overexposed track-listing:
1. Overexposed (feat. Sean C. Johnson)
2. All Around the World (feat. Tragic Hero)
3. Wake Up Music (feat. Swoope)
4. I-285 (interlude)
5. Money (feat. Reconcile)
6. City of Nightmares II (feat. Ada-L)
7. I-610 (interlude)
8. Decatur Street Blues (feat. Corey Paul)
10. Takin’ Time (feat. Young Noah)
Southern Lights: Overexposed – The Visual Album is the first ever short film featuring the entire track list of a recorded album. Instead of just creating 10 music videos for each track, similar to what Beyonce did for her surprise release, for the first time, we decided to create a cohesive body of work, tying together a complete storyline amongst the various scenes, which by themselves can stand alone as featured videos for each soundtrack. It’s unlike anything else out right now, from the quality of work to the messaging in the music, Southern Lights: Overexposed – The Visual Album is something truly unique. After the release period, we will cut each video and release them separately, which viewers can then tie back together to experience again.
Directed by William Thomas of Space Cherry Films.
Watch Southern Lights: Overexposed visual album here: