Maryland based Christian artist Iryne Rock has released her much anticipated single “What Love Is.” This comes a few months after the launch of her worship EP, Grateful. Inspired by 1 John 4, “What Love Is” blends Iryne’s passionate and powerful vocals with deeply driving instrumentations for a sound nearly as compelling as the grace that inspires it.
“These verses describe Gods love with a mandate, that we also love one another”, shares Rock. “I want listeners hearing the song for the first time or hundredth time to feel joyful, rejuvenated and most of all loved by God because he embodies the meaning of love and that is “What Love Is.”
The song was recorded and produced in Nashville, TN by Billy Smiley, and is accompanied by a music video shot on location in California by Smash Cut Films.
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ABOUT THE SONG
“What Love Is” was inspired by 1 John 4. This scripture talks about how God showed his love, by loving us first and sacrificing his Son for us. These verses also describe God’s love with a mandate, that we love one another. Love is such a popular theme in music, that it has been visited and revisited in probably all genres. I want listeners hearing the song for the first time or hundredth time to feel joyful, rejuvenated and most of all LOVED by God because He embodies the meaning of love and that is “What Love Is”.
I wrote this song about two years ago, after recording my worship EP, “Grateful”. It was recorded and produced in Nashville by Billy Smiley.
Iryne (pronounced Irene) Rock has always loved music. She grew up listening to gospel and contemporary christian music, a gift given to her by her parents. Living in Nigeria, she would keep up with the latest Christian music with WOW CDs and inadvertently fell in love with artists like Cece Winans, DC Talk, Newsboys and Michael W. Smith. In her teen years, Iryne began writing her own songs, a secret she hid from most of her family. Over the course of time, she garnered enough courage to share some of her songs with her church, as a worship leader at Solomon’s Porch, Maryland. The positive response reinforced what the Holy Spirit laid in her heart and birthed her first album, Just For You, in 2018.
It was an enlightening venture into music for her and her husband. It led to an encounter with Grammy and Dove nominated producer Billy Smiley. Together, they produced a worship EP, “Grateful” that was released in May 2021. Even though she was never one to label herself as a worship artist, she felt led to do this worship EP and hopes it helps the church draw closer to the Father. Iryne has a new single being released on July 14, 2021.
This song truly represents her as a dynamic, multifaceted, Nigerian American Christian Pop artist, as it celebrates the joy of salvation and showcases the power of love. As a wife, mother, singer and songwriter, Iryne is ready to spread the gospel, with her newest single, “What Love Is”.
Songwriter: Iryne Rock
Producer: Billy Smiley
Engineer: Jonathan Crone
Live drums: Jared Kneale
Background vocals: Dwanna Hughes, Larysa Jaye, Iryne Rock
Music video: Smash Cut Films.
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