Kiwi gospel singer-songwriter Debbie Shepherd

Her sophomore album, 139, will hit store shelves November 2011

Two weddings and two more grandchildren arriving since her last release Heartspeak and Shepherd says this album is like the next chapter in the telling of her life story. “It feels like turning the pages of my biography, parts of the story are looking back and some is looking forward.”

“Psalm 139 talks about the hope we have for the future that comes about because of how intimately God knows and loves each of us.”

139 was co-written with a number of Kiwi artists including talented Hamilton writer/producer Regan McKinnon (The Porch Recording Studio), Tauranga break-though artist Luke Thompson (Here on the Ground), with contributions from musicians Chanelle Davis, Simon Hirst and multi-instrumentalist Sam Trenwith (Late 80s Mercedes, Radiator).

“139 [the album] was written and recorded between September 2010 and April 2011, during a challenging season for all of us.

“But challenges are normal and ours were clearly minute compared to those affected by these tragedies; the brutality of natural disasters in our own backyard and worldwide puts things in perspective pretty quickly.”

“To listeners I want to say - I hope you enjoy this record as much as we have enjoyed making it, and I trust you will be blessed by the messages of hope and joy that you will find within it.”