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We create music as a platform for you to confidently step into the presence of the Father. Our dream is that you would encounter the perfect love of God, remember who you truly are and release your own song of freedom. 



The voices of Cageless Birds






Our new studio album is titled We Rise We Bow and has been released in two parts.  We released We Rise, in June, and now we’re excited to share We Bow with you.  Our dream for this album is that when you hear it, you would hear the sound of North Carolina and feel the heartbeat of our community. 

One of our favorite elements of this album is the unique theme of declaration and testimony.  This album is a compilation of songs that reflect our own personal stories, our friendships and the time that we have spent fighting together for the next generation.  We Rise We Bow was curated as a gift to you, the listener, as a collection of songs to declare as your own. 

Ain’t No Grave 

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A note from the artist: 

“Ain’t No Grave” is rooted in old-time Appalachian gospel music. It is a marriage of the the old, with Brother Claude Ely’s original chorus and the new, my personal testimony of overcoming fear and shame, woven into each verse. For me, this song is steeped in the reality of Jesus and what He has done for me and my community. 

This is an anthem for ANYONE who is ready to follow Jesus and walk out of the graves in their daily life. “Ain’t No Grave” is a testimony of faith, a song for those who are ready to shake off the victim mentality and stand up in the truth of who they really are.“

- Molly Skaggs


the joy of the chase



The Joy of the Chase features ten original tracks that create various soundscapes to explore the album’s theme of finding joy in pursuit.  Moving guitar melodies, attentive percussion and clean piano lines weave together to capture the sound of adventure, belonging and freedom. The range of colors and tones curated throughout this album compels the listener to enter into the delight of both pursuing and being pursued by the Father.



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Hope is rising up from the ashes

From singer-songwriter ballads to corporate worship anthems and intricately composed instrumentals, these tracks are an expression of Molly’s heart and a reflection on the last ten years of her life. This album was born in family and echoes what Molly has given her life to.  The song "Anchor" was written in 2013 in collaboration between Molly and twelve 18 Inch Journey students.  The title track, "Overtaken", is the fruit of lasting friendship, and was co-written with Melissa Helser.


found in love

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by Joel Case

Found in Love is rich with a peace and beauty that have been forged in the secret place with God.  This album carries creative melodies and honest lyrics that confidently declare our identity as the Beloved of God. Joel’s dream for this album is that all who hear it would encounter the love of God and have a deeper revelation of being Beloved. 


live at home


Live at Home is the first Cageless Birds project featuring original compositions by each of the musicians in our community.  This album tells the story of our personal journeys with God and our discovery of who He is. 

In the winter of 2012, we gathered together in Jonathan and Melissa's home to take a risk and create our first live album as a collective.  We filled the living room with beautiful instruments and close friends, and set out to capture the sound of our family worshiping together.  

Our first venture as a collective is an album of original songs that we recorded live in the very same space we have gathered countless times to sing and worship together.  The fruit of our labor is a collection of captivating songs and intimate, live footage of each session.