|Veteran worship leader Todd Ballard has been ushering audiences into the presence of God for nearly 18 years. A founding pastor at one of the country's fastest growing congregations--Red Rocks Church in Golden, Colo.--Ballard recently left his position to pursue music full-time. His national debut recording Anthems, produced by Otto Price (TobyMac, BarlowGirl), comprises 13 epic songs intended to connect with the worshipper's heart. Showcasing an all-star lineup of industry professionals who have worked with the likes of OneRepublic, Justin Bieber and Maroon 5, the album, as Ballard describes, "is simply anthems from the heart... each song is an anthem of the way I love God". Stand-out tracks include "Why We're Singing", co-written with multi-Dove Award-winning Producer of the Year Ian Eskelin, inspired by a sermon from Charles Spurgeon on the foundations of faith; and "Immanuel", a ballad about resting in God's presence. The project also features a poignant cover of Delirious' "Find Me in the River". Ultimately, Anthems promises to transport listeners to a higher place, while also serving pastors who are looking for worship music that defies the norm and challenges the status quo.