October 17, 2012
Need a good recommendation for a couple of new worship albums? I’m very moved by both the lyrics and musical artistry of All Sons and Daughters in their newest EP, The Longing. This project joyfully and powerfully declares who God is, what he has done, and causes my heart to join them and respond to him with thanksgiving and with prayers from the depth of my soul. Soaring harmonies of worship leaders David Leonard and Leslie Jordan, declare passionate & wholehearted worship unto the Lord, with most songs climaxing in a chorus of singers joining in the praise. These songs are written for the people of God to experience the presence of God as they sing the praises of God. (Borrowing a phrase I recently heard from Matt Redman.) While the music has a modern folk/pop feel and the songs are new, there is a sense of antiquity, church music at its best. That’s because these songs are grounded in the eternal and enduring Word of God and work of God through his Son, Jesus.
Gungor continues to inspire with refreshing artistic creativity and excellence coupled with heart-engaging lyrics. Husband and wife team, Michael and Lisa Gungor join with a large and diverse group of musical friends to bring the listener a unique and powerful worship experience. They recently released a live-concert album, A Creation Liturgy. Less targeted toward the typical church congregation, yet personally worshipful, their music declares the wonderful story of God, through creation, the fall, and redemption, featuring creative combinations of instruments that help to engage the worshiper’s heart in worshiping the Lord. Packed with emotion, this live album gives you a taste of music that moves beyond the popular stream of stadium rock so popular in contemporary worship today. Due to that fact, it may stretch some outside their musical comfort level, but a devoted listen will engage the heart that longs to worship God.