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about

in 2012, my friend Alex and I worked on an album under the name EDIFY. We didn't complete the album but ended up releasing just a 6-song EP. Eventually our paths parted but I always regretted not finishing the album. I decided to go back (with Alex's permission) and finish the album under a different name, so as not to be confused with Fresh I.E.'s EDIFY youth music program.

I wanted to revisit some of the original songs and touch them up a bit. It turned into a full album project which includes songs we worked for the album on but were never finished or just never released. The result is a special time capsule of music from a very special time in my life that involves feelings and emotions still very pertinent to me today.

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releases November 30, 2018

New 2018 remixes of "Broken Roads" and "Don't Run Away" by:
Brandon Blume

"Hez God" & "I Love You" written and produced by: Alex Smerchynski and Brandon Blume and appear courtesy of Alex Smerchynski from the album "Ignition"

New songs "Always Here", "Masterpiece", and "Analyze This" written and produced by Brandon Blume & Alex Smerchynski.

Music, Beats, Vocals, Arrangement for "Still Standing" Recorded,
Programmed and Produced by:
Byron Foster (New Song Music & Video Productions)

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ORIGINAL EDIFY EP CREDITS:

Everything inspired by: Jesus Christ

Alex Smerchynski (vocals, lyrics, music)
Brandon Blume (guitars, keys, music)

GUEST ARTISTS/MUSICIANS

AJ (vocals)
Dee Liandra (vocals)
Joel Ruhr (vocals)
Larry Leask (vocals)
Bomba Ng'andu (keys)
Byron Foster (guitars/keys)

Music, Beats, Vocals, Arrangements Recorded,
Programmed and Produced by:
Byron Foster (New Song Music & Video Productions)

***Superstar, Don't Run Away, & Thank You Written and Co-Produced by:
Brandon Blume & Alex Smerchynski

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Brandon Blume Portage La Prairie, Manitoba

I just love music and write whatever comes naturally to me. I enjoy every process from the fooling-around-on-a-guitar stage, to recording, to arranging and mixing, and release! I love many genres and love blending them together even more. I've done video games, film, websites, but I'm most at home writing my own home studio projects. Mostly instrumental, but lyrical as well. ... more

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Track Name: Broken Roads (Desperation Remix)
CHORUS

I've been livin' so long walkin' down these broken roads
I can't live like this I don't know which way to go
I'm not sure where life will take me
turn left, turn right I'm hazy
somebody lead me off these crazy broken roads

VERSE 1

I'm sick of feeling broken, my heart is bleeding
I'm open for something to give me hope
and I'm hopin' to be unfrozen
I'm holdin' on to my sorrow
tomorrow I'll give it up
but I battle it and let it take me right out the game
and now I'm chained on the sidewalk just like a bike lock
I'm runnin' out of time, there's no minutes on my clock
I wanna make a change like erasin' some white chalk
I'm caught up in the crowd like I'm chillin' at woodstock

VERSE 2

I need a Samaritan 'cause apparently I'm lost
apparently I'm terribly in need of the cross
I'm torn in two, to tell the truth, I'm brutally honest
too many times I feel alone with people breakin' their promise
but I know I gotta change, I got some things in the closet
haunting my very soul man, these monsters are toxic
tearin' me into pieces but I know in the back of my mind
I'm prayin' Lord will you give me a sign

VERSE 3

I'm done with this life full of anger and strife
I'm sick of creepin' in the night with no light within sight
I need to open up my eyes and see the world that's before me
so I'll take the straight and narrow way
because my brokenness is bringin' hopelessness
and now the pain I'm feelin' is killin' me
and now I'm thinkin' is this all there is
and if there is more to life than this
better open up my heart and I'll let you come in

BRIDGE

I need you 'cause I'm dying on my own
so lost on this crazy broken road
I can't do this on my own
feels like I don't know just what to do
how to get on my feet and run to you
I'm on this crazy broken road
Track Name: Don't Run Away (New Vocal Mix)
VERSE 1

You got a hard life and nothin' seems to go
but hold on and stay strong
you gotta try to survive through the pain
you gotta keep you head up get up
like waking in the morning
the Sun is comin' out now the night is fallin' from your eyes
your mind is crawlin' with the lies that you once fell in
but the Light is bright in the mornin'
look to the Son and all your mournin'
will fade away your clouds are gray but soon they'll break apart
so sunny days can make it's way into your broken heart

CHORUS

Are you the person who is running away
trying to make it on your own trying to find your own way
and now you're hiding in the pain running blind in the rain
but God is coming to your rescue, he's coming to say
"Don't run away now, don't run away
don't run away now, don't run away"

VERSE 2

You can't take it you're done
now you're packin' your bags
you're lookin' for change so you can catch the next train
out of this city of pain, thunder and rain
you're not makin' excuses but your life you wanna lose it man
because you're feelin' clueless you don't got the strength to stand
you're broken up like a puzzle, you need a helping hand
you need some strength today, you need to find your way
you need to make a change 'cause you don't wanna run away

VERSE 3

Come back like the prodigal son
come back to the love that He gives
come back to the hope that He wants you to have so that you'll finally live
come back to the God who made you, yes He wants to be beside you
live inside you, hug and hold you, yes He wants to get to know you
So what are you running from, see it don't matter what you've done
no amount of sin could ever take the love of the Father's Son
it's so incredible yeah, it's unconditional
it's undeniable, He's undeniably glorious
Track Name: Superstar
CHORUS

Lord You're my superstar, yes that is who you are
there's no one else that can amount or even come to par
Your glory stretches far beyond what I'm thinking of
Your love is true it ain't fantasy like what I'm dreamin' of
You're my Superstar
yeah you're my Superstar

VERSE 1

Every moment that I breathe I believe in you
I'm needin' you I ain't never leavin' you
I'm stickin' to you like a shadow do
and I'm clingin' to you like a child do
Look, I owe you without you I'd be "Alex who"
my first name would be nameless too
I don't suit my own name without my king
fame don't mean a thing I boast the most holy name

VERSE 2

Without the nail-pierced palms and stretched arms
mounted up on a cross I'd be lost I'd be gone but
I'm crossed over like Lebron and Wade
the old is on its way to an empty grave
I laid my pain down I'm no longer a slave
I'm stronger today from the debt that He paid
I'm built like a rock set firm standin' in faith
Now rewind the hook back man and sing a little praise
Track Name: Sold Out
CHORUS

I'm a sold out soldier for Christ
I'm dedicated to the Lord and I give him my life
I lay it down now, I lay it down at the cross
I lay it down now, and I count it as loss

VERSE 1

I'm completely committed I'm in it until you're finished
and I'm fightin' like a titan, come on can I get a witness?
I'm witnessing like disciples, I'm pheening for revival
the bible is what I'm reading as I'm fightin' for survival
like Destiny's Child this is where my destiny lies
when I finally will see the lord splittin' the sky
when he cracks it open like an eggshell
I'm glad to know my destination isn't gonna be hell
because I'm sold out

VERSE 2

I've made my decision my mind is made up I'm forgiven
I'm driven to preach the gospel somethin' like the twelve apostles
I'm spittin' fire with every rhyme
they say hurry up but man I say give me time
because I be patiently waitin'
it don't matter what I'm facing like David facing Goliath
I'm slinging stones at the giants I'm layin' with lions
closing the mouth of the beast with every scripture that I speak
I pour it right to the street
because I'm sold out

OUTRO

I will live for you, Lord
I will live for you
Track Name: Love At First Sight
CHORUS

I wanna fall into Your arms and wipe my tears on Your shoulder
I wanna tell You that You make me stronger
I wanna walk and hold Your hand, follow Your footprints in the sand
I wanna swim in seas of grace
for You I hunger

VERSE 1

Lord, I'm sorry I left, I'm on the floor in a mess
and I'm in need of Your mercy like I'm needin' my breath
I'm suffocatin', my heart beats dull in my chest
and I can't take it I'm done, God, give me my rest
I need a break, I hate that I'm losin' my faith
and I'm stuck in a state where I'm ready to break
so can you see all the tears runnin' down my face
I need a shoulder to cry on, a Father today

VERSE 2

I wanna look into Your eyes and see how they sparkle
like the star in the sky shinin' over the stable
the beauty You display goes beyond what I'm able to see with my eyes
like I'm watchin' some cable
there's more than that
there's strength in the image I see
as I gaze into Your eyes I realize I can see
and I can be the man of God you want me to be
now I believe that you're the only one that I will ever need

BRIDGE

I'm Yours, You're my God
You're my God
Track Name: Thank You
CHORUS

I just wanna say
I just wanna say
I just wanna say
I just wanna say
say sa-say say
say sa-say say
say sa-say say
I just wanna say

VERSE 1

No, I can't say it enough
no, there's never enough of Your love
'cause Your love is all I ever needed
You never left me nor forsake me
and You brought me through pain
so now I'm giving you some thanks, praise is where I aim
it's time to lift up your hands, every woman and man
to the left, to the right from daytime into night
we're givin' praise where the praise is due
so everybody get up out your seat
and just say just say thank you

VERSE 2

I'll show my gratitude since You changed my attitude
so now I'm thankin' You, praisin' You 'cause You made me new
I now believe in You, I'm needin' You I always did
now I will ever will live for You 'cause of what You did
yeah, I may work to the bone but I know You got me Lord
I tried on my own, the Word I ignore
but now I'm walkin' strong, the Word is my core
and now I just wanna say thank you