Brightest Star

by BJ and Lisa Sullivan

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released October 20, 2013

Produced by J. Andrew Kurzweg
Mixed by Stephen Lee Price and J. Andrew Kurzweg at Stillwaters Audio
Assisted by Mike Cavell
Mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering in Chicago, Il
Engineered at Stillwaters Audio by Mike Cavell, J. Andrew Kurzweg & JT Price
Engineered at Gat 3 by Trenton Starnes, Wade Starnes, and Glenn Tabor III
Recorded at Gat 3 and Stillwaters Audio in North Carolina
{www.stillwatersaudio.com}
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Artwork / Caitlin Swick
Layout / KC Clark


Lisa Sullivan / Lead Vocals, Wurlitzer
BJ Sullivan / Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
James Duke / Electric Guitar, Baritone Guitar
J Andrew Kurzweg / Bass, Electric Guitar, Moog, Cello, Piano, Additional Percussion
Chad Lawson / Piano, Wurlitzer, Organ
Al Sergel / Drums
Luke Skaggs / Classical Guitar, High Strung Guitar, 12 String Mando-Guitar, Lap Dulcimer, Pedal Steel, Lap Steel, Baritone Guitar
Caroline Hardin / Violin, Viola
Everett Hardin / Cello
Jeremy Snyder / String Arrangements
Andrew Williams / BGV’s
Additional BGV'S / Andy Squyres, Savannah Squyres, Amber Brooks
Group Vocal / J. Andrew Kurzweg, Amber Brooks, Andy Squyres, Savannah Squyres, KC Clark, Julie Clark, Jeff Roy, Daniel Hodges, Sarah DeShields, Kevin DeShields, Brian Morykon

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BJ and Lisa Sullivan Charlotte, North Carolina

BJ & Lisa Sullivan are singer/songwriters who live in Charlotte, NC with their 2 amazing kids: Ava Jo and Judah. They have been writing and leading worship together now for over 11 years at their home church Freedom Christian Center Gastonia and abroad. ... more

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Track Name: Brightest Star
Verse 1

Empty sky, empty earth, shallow sea and your spirit rolled
You spoke the word, life was birthed, sky lit up and the sea ran deep

Pre-Chorus

And You breathed

Chorus

The Brightest Star by far can not compare to who You are
The Brightest star in the sky can not compare
And the heavens are telling the beauty of your love
And the heavens are declaring the beauty of your Son

Verse 2

Empty eyes, empty heart, shallow soul and your spirit rolled
You spoke the words, and life was birthed, eyes lit up and my spirit free

Bridge

You spoke and I came alive

Written by BJ and Lisa Sullivan © 2013
Track Name: I'm Accepted
Verse 1

I’ve got peace like a river as it’s flowing through the mountains in the summer
I’ve got joy like a fountain as it’s rising from the ground up to the sky

Pre-Chorus

Your love so strong just like a tree
Cos’ it’s roots go down so deep and it’s branches cover me
You treat me just like family and even though I don’t deserve it
You give me something that’s unheard of

Chorus

I’m accepted into the hands of the one who made the mountains
I’m accepted into the hands of the one who paints the colors in the sky

Verse 2

I’ve got peace on the inside as your words settle down my soul
I’ve got joy in my spirit as your laughter rises in my heart

Refrain

You gave us life and you brought us in
Brought us in to the Promised Land
Brought us in to the Promised Land and I could not ask for more

Written by BJ and Lisa Sullivan © 2013
Track Name: The Reason I'm Alive
Verse 1

I’ve got no hope in this world
I’ve got no hope in this world cause it's lying
I’ve got no hope in myself
I’ve got no hope in myself
Cause I'm dying when I say, "I can live on my own."

Pre-Chorus

oh oh oh, I'm tired of living in all of this fear
oh oh oh, when You are the light of my world
oh oh oh, the grave can’t hold

Chorus

You
You’re the reason I’m alive
You pulled me from the grave
You pulled me from the graveyard

Verse 2

I’ve tried to live on my own
I’ve tried to live on my own but I’m failing
I’ve tried to love by myself
I’ve tried to love by myself but I’m useless, I’m useless

Bridge

Your hand
Lift's me up when I can not stand
Your hand
Raised me from the dead

Written by BJ and Lisa Sullivan © 2013
Track Name: Psalm 23 (Surely Your Goodness)
Verse 1

God my shepherd, I don’t need a thing
You have bedded me down in the meadows
You renew my strength
You find quiet pools for me to drink from
You’re always true to your word, oh God You are
You point me in the right direction and you let me catch my breath

Chorus

Surely your goodness and your love will chase me down
And bring me back home again
Bring me back home again
Bring me back home

Verse 2

Even though I walk through the valley of death
I will not be afraid for You are with me
Your rod and your staff make me feel safe
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies
You honor me as a guest and anoint my head
Till' my cup overflows

Refrain

Hallelujah

Written by BJ and Lisa Sullivan © 2013
Track Name: That's Why We Never Give Up
Verse 1

Though the world might be dying
Your mercy’s new everyday
This ole' body gets tired
But God You keep me awake

Bridge

And all of these things will soon be gone
And all of these things won’t last for long

Chorus

That’s why we never
That’s why we never give up

Verse 2

There's pressure all around me
But I am not broken
Even when I’m knocked down
I just keep going

Refrain

I just keep pressing on

Written by BJ and Lisa Sullivan © 2013
Track Name: Lift My Eyes
Chorus

I will lift my eyes up
Up to the mountains
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from You
Maker of Heaven
Creator of the earth

Verse

I will lift my eyes up
I will set my gaze on You
I will lift my hands up
I will set my heart on You

Bridge

I will not be moved
Oh, You keep me safe
My God, You do not sleep
You’re always watching over me

Written by BJ and Lisa Sullivan © 2013
Track Name: The Lord's Prayer
Verse 1

Your Kingdom come
Your will be done
Here on the earth just like in heaven
Our daily bread
Our daily bread
Comes from your hands
Comes from your hands

Chorus

Father in heaven
Your name
Your name is so dear

Verse 2

Forgive our sins
Forgive our sins
As we forgive those
Those who have done us wrong
You lead us not
You pull us out
Out of temptation that just drags us down

Refrain

Your’s is the Kingdom
The power
And the glory
Forever amen

Written by BJ and Lisa Sullivan © 2013
Track Name: Kingdom Come
Derived from "The Lord's Prayer" written by BJ and Lisa Sullivan © 2013

Arrainged by Jeremy Snyder © 2013
Track Name: Calling On You
Verse 1

Your hands are strong
A harbor in the storm
I can lay down in your arms & find sleep
Your words are strength
They stand when I sink
They keep me anchored to the ground when there’s chaos all around

Pre-Chorus

Sea billows roll
But that’s alright
Cos’ You’re my beacon tonight

Chorus

I’m calling on You
I’m calling on You
I’m calling on You
Cos’ You’re walking on the waves
I’m calling on You
I’m calling on You
I’m calling on You
Cos’ You’re talking to our graves
I’m calling on You

Verse 2

This heart was bruised
Dirty and used
So I locked it in my chest and laid my dreams to rest
But You knew where I’d go
And You found me when I sank low
Your love it was the key
Now my heart
Your treasure shall be

Refrain

This house is built upon the rock and it won’t be shaken
Even if the earth starts quaking it won’t be moved

Written by BJ and Lisa Sullivan © 2013
Track Name: King of Glory (Fall To My Knees)
Verse1

Your love casts away the darkness
Your love casts away the shadows
Your love leads me to repentance
Your love is all I need

Pre-Chorus

And when I am afraid your love comes and takes my fear away
And when I am ashamed your love comes and takes my shame away
You never change
You’re the same

Chorus

King of Glory
King of Wonders
God of Ages
Great God who Saves Us
Lord of nations
Above all things
No one else is like you God

Chorus 2

And I fall to my knees
I fall to my knees
I fall to my knees
Giving all I have to You
I give all I have

Verse 2

Your love casts away my problems
Your love casts away my hurting
Your love leads me to still water
Your love is all I need

Refrain

You take away the shame

Written by BJ and Lisa Sullivan © 2011

Refrain written by J. Andrew Kurzweg © 2013
Track Name: Sing a Line
Verse 1

Darkness falls and the moon is full
You sing a line
You sing a line
Stars they shine
They sparkle in Your eyes
You sing a line and I open up my heart

Chorus

How I yearn for You
How I Yearn for You
All for You

Verse 2

Morning comes
Your so close to me
I sing a line
I sing a line
Sun it shines
Your still holding me
I sing a line and it opens up my heart

Outro

All of You
I yearn for You

Written by BJ and Lisa Sullivan © 2013
Track Name: We Can Live
Verse 1

Your love
Your love
Your love
Your Love for us has lived and won
And our love for You grows more with every glimpse of who You are

Pre-Chorus

And all we have is for You
Don’t want it anymore
And all we want is from You
I could not ask for more

Chorus

We can live again
You brightened up our hearts that were so dim
And the burdens we were carrying
Can’t find them anymore
We can sing again
Together louder than we’ve ever been
Playing music with our angel friends
All for You
All for You

Verse 2

Your love
Your love
Your love
Your Love for us has overcome
And our love for You consumes every part of who we are

Written by BJ and Lisa Sullivan © 2013
Track Name: Love Has Overcome
Verse 1

The sun was down, the sky was dark, & all I could see was my lonely heart
Everything inside my world turned upside down
Then I heard your voice it cut through the trees
Soft and sweet it rushed through the leaves
The words You said as real as life to me

Chorus

Love has overcome

Verse 2

Sitting in the corner of a room, the air is cold, walls are dull
Waiting on the news of how your health has been
With concern on his face he reads off the charts
But that’s ok there's one more report
I hear You louder than the intercom

Verse 3

Can’t hear yourself think through all of the screams
The words they say, they can not mean
Your house is fading like the setting sun
But there is a peace, it’s more than your anger
There is a hope like when you were younger
Let these words mean a little more

Refrain

Death where is your sting
Sin where is your stain
Love has overcome

Written by BJ and Lisa Sullivan © 2013
Track Name: Overcome Reprise
Your love has overcome

The power of death and the grave is overcome, is overcome

All our fear is washed away
All our fear is washed away
Because love, love has overcome

Written by BJ and Lisa Sullivan © 2013

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