Bluetree Lays The Money On For Justice
Known for its congregational favorite “God Of This City,” Bluetree returns with its sophomore album, Kingdom, which released this month amidst acclaim on Exchange Media. Inspired by what singer, primary songwriter and Bluetree founding member Aaron Boyd and the congregation at Exchange Church Belfast have been studying in their Sunday morning and evening services, the songs on Kingdom also officially mark a new era for the group.
Reborn not just as a band, but a community of believers worshipping, learning and doing life together, one of the significant changes the band has undergone includes a reorgainzation of the band’s financial structure. Proceeds from the album sales now go directly back into ministry work through Exchange Church.
“The money raised from Kingdom literally goes into Kingdom building,” says Boyd, who is on staff at Exchange Churh as associate pastor. “Bluetree’s tagline is Worship. Music. Justice. Worship is a holistic way of life, where we can really allow creativity to run through everything we do. Part of that is being creative with finances, and when you buy Kingdom, you’re investing into a ministry wider than Bluetree.”
Supporting the local and international ministry of Exchange Church, Bluetree also continues its passionate pursuit of wiping out human trafficking in this generation as a part of its mission work with the church. A passion that was fueled in the Red Light district of Thailand, sparking the song, “God Of This City,” and the charity to help end child sex exploitation, StandOut International, the band re-fueled that passion earlier this month while leading worship at the NO MORE TRAFFIK ON OUR STREETS (www.nomoretraffik.com) seven day event in Belfast. The event raised awareness about the problem of human trafficking and the need to provide long-lasting help for victims.
“We want to see human trafficking wiped out during our lifetimes,” says Boyd. “We are committed to justice done in this world and being a voice for those who have no voice.”
For more information on Bluetree and Kingdom, please visit www.exchangechurchbelfast.com.