Building 429 invited fans at the recent K-Love Fan Weekend in Nashville to become the band’s background vocalists on their upcoming album Unashamed, due to release Sept. 25. About 35 fans joined Building 429 as they turned a ballroom at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel into a temporary recording studio.

Lead vocalist Jason Roy stepped into the role of choir director and taught the singing fans the choruses of three new songs, including the title track, the upbeat anthem “Earth Shaker,” and the new praise ballad “Ocean Deep.” It was the first time the songs were unveiled to the public, and the participating fans will have their names included in the CD packaging.

“As people notice about our songs when they come to our concerts, we encourage a lot of singing along,” Roy said. “A lot of times when we record gang [background] vocals, it’s just me and one of the other guys singing it about 20 times and it being mixed in the studio. It gets boring. There is something cool about the live element, about singing together.”

Fans spent about 90 minutes with the band, holding lyric sheets and repeating each chorus for several takes. In between tracks, Roy shared his heart for the new record, and band members posed for pictures at the end of the session.

“It was a lot of fun to be up close with the band, and knowing our voices will be on the new album,” said Justin Gillespie, who participated in the live recording. “I think we’ll be hearing all of the songs we recorded on the radio in the future. They were great.”

“Our fans are our friends,” Roy said. “They have been so good to us, so kind. We feel indebted to them for giving us the opportunity to do what we love.”

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Building 429 poses with fans after live recording session where fans got to sing background vocals on the band’s upcoming album Unashamed.

Unashamed marks Building 429’s third album in four years. The band first hit it big with the single “Where I Belong,” named Billboard Magazine’s No, 1 Christian song of 2012 after staying in the No. 1 chart position for a record-setting 15 weeks. The band’s 2013 follow-up We Won’t Be Shaken included the hit title track and helped the band reach the career milestone of 1 million single sales in April.

“We are super excited for this record,” Roy said. “We always said we’d stop doing this when we felt like our best was behind us. But we truly feel like our best is in front of us.”