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Christy Nockels - Let It Be Jesus [Review]

Christy Nockels - Let It Be Jesus [Review]

By Jake Richards on April 27, 2015

On April 28th, Christy Nockels, also of Watermark and Passion fame, releases her third solo worship project which is also her first live album, Let It Be Jesus. Thrice nominated for the Dove awards’ female vocalist of the year, she delivers a stunning performance once again.

"I can't wait to release this offering and to share what a beautiful night this recording was as we gathered with dear friends and our Passion City Church family," Christy says of the album. "Something SO unforgettable happened as we worshipped Jesus together in wonder and remembrance." Let It Be Jesus was recorded live at Passion City Church in Atlanta, Georgia. This is the same church where she leads worship with her husband of two decades, Nathan Nockels, an accomplished songwriter and producer in his own right.

The album opens up with the happy anthem, “Freedom Song,” which certainly lives up to its name. With the bright, strumming mandolin and toe-tap-inducing clap track, I can’t help but move to the beat. This is the quintessential “praise” song, and most likely a candidate to make it into the repertoire at my church. Full of essential truths pulled from familiar scripture, it’s a reminder of the joy that can be found when we are found by His mercy and pulled from darkness into the light. This one makes me want to literally “shout it out to the mountaintops, You’re my freedom song!”

The second song, “Anchor,” was featured on the recently-released album Passion: Even So Come. I could see this song about God’s immovability being sung in many churches in the near future.

The title track, “Let It Be Jesus,” also found a place on a Passion album in last year’s, Passion: Take It All. “Let It Be Jesus” is a reminder that the name of Jesus is the name above all other names and that no matter what good or bad circumstances we fall upon, we should always have His name on our lips. Both these songs earned their respective places on the annual Passion albums, which seem to always have their finger on the heartbeat of the modern worship movement.

Christy Nockels is a worship leader in the purest sense of the term, as she is a “lead worshiper.” She invites those around her to enter into the presence of God along with her. This is evident throughout the album, but most notably to me with the song “Leaning On You Jesus.” This song seemed to capture my heart (and my wife’s) more than any other on the album. Anyone going through a time of uncertainty could relate to this song and find encouragement in these lyrics, which are reminiscent of the 19th century hymn I grew up with “Leaning On the Everlasting Arms.”

“Find Me At The Feet Of Jesus” is another of those songs where her voice reaches out and grabs the attention of the listener and brings attention to the heartfelt lyrics. A perfect follow up to “Leaning On You Jesus’” with its stripped down, simple arrangement, the congregation can be heard engaging in worship as well. As a worship leader myself, this is one of the things that makes this song, and live albums in general, so appealing to me.

The album is full of amazing songs like the contemplative “Who Can Compare,” the carefree “If You Never,” and the triumphant “The Wondrous Cross.” Because Christy Nockels has been a part of the Passion movement for quite some time, even those unfamiliar with her name know her voice; a voice made familiar by songs like the iconic “Waiting Here For You.” With this newest offering, Christy Nockels reinforces that she has earned her position as one of the most respected lead worshipers in the church today. I recommend everyone put this album on repeat, just as I have for the last few weeks.

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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Jake Richards

Jake Richards

Jake is a husband and father in small-town New Mexico. He has served over a decade as a volunteer worship leader and songwriter, and builds homes for a living.