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CentricWorship - Come Alive [Review]

CentricWorship - Come Alive [Review]

By Jolie Ozbun on November 11, 2014

Centricity Publishing is nestled in the beautiful town of Franklin, just on the outskirts of Nashville, Tennessee, which is a place that is rich in the autumn season with its ever-changing hues of leaves, and also rich in its provision of vibrant and varied, authentic Christian music. Now Centricity is branching out with a newer imprint called CentricWorship, with a mission to inspire the Body of Christ with powerful worship songs, and to equip churches around the globe with great resources.

They have done just that with the launch of their second album, Come Alive: Live from the CentricWorship Retreat, which is set to release on November 11th, on iTunes. This latest album, comes from a culmination of great songwriters, talented musicians, and awesome vocalists, all united with one purpose: focusing their attention on God to inspire others with uplifting worship, and out of that to create music that glorifies Him.

Every song chosen on the album delivers a powerful message divinely given to edify the church. With strong vocals, and a nice balance of instrumentation, the first song, "Greater Is He," has a powerful redemptive message of a believer's victory in Christ, "No longer defeated, for the power of Jesus, has risen, has conquered, now living in me." This reinforces that we are no longer condemned by sin, He has conquered death, and now His power is unleashed in us. This song is perfectly designed for corporate worship, as it lifts up the body of believers and encourages us in our position in Christ.

The next two songs off the album, "Consume Us" and "Come Alive (Dry Bones)", are so meaningful in their prophetic lyrics from Jeremiah and Ezekiel of God's desire to restore us back to Himself. We get so caught up in our busy lives throughout the week that Sunday morning becomes our only time of predetermined worship to God. We need to become so saturated in God's word, that as we lift our praise offerings to God daily, we might fully realize the promise of restoration waiting for us in Christ. The vocalists, Corey Voss and Lauren Daigle, did a beautiful job not just simply giving a performance, but truly owning these songs to help us enter into heartfelt worship.   

"Come Lord Jesus" penned by Henry Seeley and James Tealy, is well-written with poignant lyrics that speak for all of us, "Drawn by love, and wrecked by grace, Come Lord Jesus, take your place."  Also, I love the tenor's vocal part, and the song itself has a nice flow that makes it easier for the whole congregation to sing in their vocal range. "You Have My Surrender," and "More and More" would be excellent songs to incorporate as prayers to God during church altar calls by just listening to the tracks.

The songs are both relevant to worship, and could be easily sung in church, as well. The brush-drumming technique used in these songs is great for dynamics, as some churches still struggle with not letting the percussion overpower everything else. I love the way the background vocals are used in "Worthy Is The Lamb" as well as several other songs on this album. They emphasize the fact that worship is not designed to be a "one man show."

CentricWorship's album, Come Alive: Live from the CentricWorship Retreat is a must-have for your church's repertoire of worship music. Also, go to their website, CentricWorship.com, for some great resources to add to your services. Just watching the videos makes you wish you were there, or that this spirit-filled group would come to our churches to lead us in worship. They give you a sense of an intimate worship that is a genuine, God-breathed, collaborative effort out of their desire to worship God. How refreshing for a stellar worship album such as this to "come alive" out of the heart of Franklin, rather than the center stage of Christian music in Nashville. 

Disclosure: A copy of this album was provided by the record label or artist for review purposes. The iTunes widget above is a part of an affiliate program. If you purchase the album through the widget, a small percentage of the sale will benefit All About Worship.

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Jolie Ozbun

Jolie Ozbun

Jolie has served in the church most of her life performing in worship teams, at church retreats and conferences. She has also served as a youth Sunday school teacher and a children's/youth choir leader.  She has ministered outside the church for Save-A-Life as a music leader and counselor, and has performed for nursing homes, shelters, and other churches. She earned her degree in English with a minor in music from Bob Jones University. Currently, she works as an adult reading teacher, and spends her spare time singing, songwriting, playing guitar, and enjoying family. She lives in Tallahassee, Florida with her husband Greg and their three children.