Press Forward, a 12-track music album of songs focused on the 2016 Mutual theme, is now available for download on lds.org/youth/theme/2016, along with accompanying sheet music, lyrics, and karaoke tracks. Press Forward can also be streamed on Spotify or Apple Music.
The songs of Press Forward are infused with youth performers’ testimonies and experiences of pressing forward. For Tanner Linford, who sings “He Is There,” it’s a chance to send an uplifting message to youth worldwide.
“The message of my song is that God loves us,” Tanner explained. “He’s such a big part of our lives; He’s listening to us — He wants to help us. And He is always there. He can help us move forward from those hard times if we just turn to Him.”
As youth listen to the album, they will be able to relate to the lyrics that address topics such as fitting in, gaining a testimony and building self-esteem.
These songs make great additions to a Mutual activity, family home evening, and any sort of pick-me-up music playlist. Along with the 2016 Mutual theme album, music for youth from previous years also can be downloaded from lds.org/youth/music.
Not all of the songs on Press Forward are appropriate for sacred settings such as sacrament meeting. Before planning or performing any song, it’s best to first consult with local priesthood leaders.