C.J. Luckey is releasing his first new music since 2020 and the wait is well worth it!
With a new album set to release on September 1, 2023 (which you can pre-save here on Spotify or pre-order here on iTunes), Luckey has dropped the title track Welcome To The Table along with an official video for the record.
Still not fully removed from the height of the COVID pandemic, Welcome To The Table addresses the experiences of the last few years.
C.J. Luckey Taps Into an Overlooked Truth
With mask mandates in full force, it was difficult for many people to feel comfortable around others. It seemed like there was nowhere you could go in public that was normal. Judgment and fear always lurked. We were told that we couldn’t trust that we were safe which led to people becoming disconnected. But there was one place where relationships could grow.
Coming together at the table, even in a public setting, was the one place you could go and take off your mask.
You may have had to wear a mask to get there, but The Table unmasked all of us.
Vulnerability, Transparency, Relationship, and Community could all be found around this gathering place. With Welcome To The Table, C.J. Luckey reminds listeners of an open invitation to come and be seen.
Thoughts on C.J. Luckey’s Newest Record
As with any music that Luckey releases, there is an educational aspect along with high-level execution.
From the beginning of the record, the tone is set to usher back in one of the amazing artists of the CHH space. A solemn and simplistic guitar progression is met by Luckey’s deep and attention-demanding vocals. He quickly paints the setting of the story as we are brought into a dinner party hosted by none other than Christ himself. Despite our shortcomings, we are not only welcomed but expected. We are told that we need to get over criticism of ourselves and enjoy the gift in front of us.
Previous Luckey collaborators From A to Z hold down a melodic chorus that perfectly captures the record’s essence. Not only does the table offer an experience, but a fresh start is also present if we choose it.
In the second verse, C.J. no longer speaks from a place of doubt or shame. Instead, he embraces and boldly speaks God’s truth for listeners. Some truth may be difficult at times, but “Great are the plans I have for you” declares the Lord. At the end of the day, we all face adversity together. We are more similar and connected than we realize. Once we come to realize that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever, we can begin to come to terms with our flaws.
Jodi Jackson’s Feature is Special
The final guest artist on the record is Jodi Jackson.
With soft yet powerful melodies, Jackson brings a verse to Welcome To The Table that completes the record. I do not say it as an obvious statement. Rather, I truly believe that the song would be incomplete without her contribution.
From the instrumental breakdown that delivers her opening notes, her passion and heart are felt. She effortlessly resonates the message that Luckey has shared throughout the earlier portions of the song while putting her own touches on its presentation. It is a well-crafted segway back into the final chorus.
Wrapping It Up
Welcome To The Table is certainly a highlight of 2023 personally.
It is great to have new music from C. J. Luckey. The record definitely establishes expectations for the new album as a whole. I’m looking forward to the varying sonic experiences it holds as well as following the story’s arc from start to finish.
How do I know there are elements of story throughout the album? Check out the interview with Luckey below to find out more…