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It was a long wait until "Dry Bones Arise" dropped today (out now on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and others), but with Dami Tolaoluwa, we always knew it would be prophetic.
The song featured some vocal contribution from adorable Annette Tony-Fadipe, so it`s not a solo.
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Before the release, we caught up with Dami to understand the inspiration for the single and here was his massive response.
"DRY BONES ARISE" - THE UNTOLD STORY
I wrote "Dry Bones Arise" in the early month of 2016 as I was doing a Bible study on the Book of Ezekiel 37, where God places Ezekiel in a valley of dry bones, and He (God) instructs Ezekiel to prophesy over the bones.
As I was reading the account from Ezekiel 37:1-14 and meditating on each verse.
God was making me understand the importance of His presence, His Word, and His breath.
And in those moments I started to sing what I believe God deposited in my heart based on where I was as a Son losing hope in certain things yet hungry for God’s presence; the melody and words came together effortlessly; so I quickly got my phone to record myself as I was singing.
There are a few gems that can be picked out from the above scripture; firstly God referred to Ezekiel as 'Son of Man' - I found that so important as it shows God affirming Ezekiel of His Sonship, giving him the ability to "speak a prophetic message."
It's one thing to pray to God, but sometimes we need to make prophetic declarations over our own lives that are in line with His Words, knowing the authority we have in Him.
I will not bore you with my Bible study thoughts (laughing out loud), so I would suggest you read the Book of Ezekiel, chapter 37, verses 1 to 14.
The eleventh verse (of Ezekiel 37) was the base inspiration for 'Dry Bones Arise’ – "Son of man, these bones represent the people of Israel. They are saying, ‘We have become old, dry bones—all hope is gone. Our nation is finished."
I knew this song needed to be heard by many beyond my local Church and my community. A lot of people have lost hope in one situation or another, and I believe this scripture brings light to the fact that there is hope in God for all things that seem dead and dry in our lives.
I must say, it wasn’t until the mid-last year (2017) that I felt God was convicting me to step out with the gift He's given me - comparison and fear held me for a good while, but thank God I can say, "Mama I madeeeeee it" (lol).
I was surrounded and I still am surrounded by people who see the gift of God in me, and they kept encouraging me to step out and do what I knew God needed me to do.
I remember ministering this song for the first time at an event in July 2016, and after that, a few people were messaging me on social media, asking where they can find the song, and how it blessed them.
What would you like the Christian music community to know about it?
To be honest, this message goes beyond the Christian Music Community!
I believe that as people listen to the song and make the 6 minutes and 33 seconds declaration, God will meet them and cause a shift in their heart, and whatever situation(s) that represents dry bones in their lives.
As Ezekiel prophesied, the Bible says there was a sudden rattling of bones, and they began to come together.
There's power in your declaration, you might not see a sudden shift but just know that it`s coming, so stay close to God!
"Dry Bones Arise" is available on all digital platforms, and Dami Tolaoluwa`s prayer is that it blesses someone somewhere.