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Hope Remains EP, Jamie Nunnally - Review

Hope Remains EP, Jamie Nunnally - Review

By Chris Olson on September 19, 2012

Jamie Nunnally, a worship leader and songwriter (and member of WorshipWritersNetwork.com), has released his new EP, titled Hope Remains.  Consisting of seven original songs, this EP is intended to “…furnish God’s people with Body-songs they can bless Him with.”  Jamie’s desire is to create songs of worship for the church that can be easily sung in church, but that also have theological and Spiritual significance.  With the songs on this EP, he meets that challenge.

Covering a range of uptempo and slower tunes, Hope Remains includes “Running to You.”  The bridge is definitely the highlight of this tune, utilizing a nice melody and arrangement change-up as a compliment to the repetitive “Run, run, run, I’m running to you” chorus.  “Hope Remains,” the title track of the EP, provides a strings-backed orchestral feel, providing a bit more “oomph” to the sonic quality of this song than heard elsewhere on the album.  Add to that the anthemic bridge, and we can see why this is the title track of the album.  Also of note is “I Can’t Be Here,” the fifth song on the EP.  This is easily my favorite track, both in overall arrangement and feel.  The only criticism of this song is the lack of a kick drum during the sidestick-driven beat during some of the verses.  However, the use of vocal falsetto during these times is very nice.

You may not know about Jamie Nunnally yet, but I encourage you to check out this EP.  There is nothing especially special about this EP compared to what you may hear in other bigger-name albums, but that is part of the appeal.  It’s simple, straight forward worship.  Written for the church, by a songwriter that serves the church.  Jamie says “We are simply a team of imperfect believers who love to minister to the Father and spend time with Him.”  And that humble heart is evident in this EP.

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Chris Olson

Chris Olson

Chris has been involved in worship ministry in some way for over 20 years, ranging from worship team guitarist/bassist/drummer to staff worship pastor. Chris presently serves as one of the worship leaders at Grace Church in Overland Park, KS, and is also a songwriter with a passion to write songs for the local church.  Chris married WAY up when his wife Rachel said “I do,” and they have two awesomely awesome kids, Aedan and Caitlin.

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