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IHOP-KC - Sing Your Praises: Onething Live 2014 [Review]

IHOP-KC - Sing Your Praises: Onething Live 2014 [Review]

By Mathew Reames on May 03, 2014

Every year, the International House of Prayer in Kansas City ends the year with a conference called Onething. Over 25,000 youth and young adults come from all over the world and converge on downtown KC. Sing Your Praises is a collection of the worship songs written by the different worship leaders of the conference. Every song is a different style, leader, feel, etc., however, the collection comes together well and gives you an understanding of what the event was like.

The album opens with the title track “Sing Your Praises” by Matt Gilman. The song was originally written and recorded as a collaboration between Gilman and Christian Electronic artist Har Meggido. The heavy use of techno beats and synthetic sounds create a high energy praise song that is sure to be perfect for youth services. While having a strong techno vibe, the song relies on simple structure that can be replicated with a more traditional instrumentation.

Another standout track is “For I Was Far” by Anna Blanc. This is a beautiful track with a hymn-ish feel to it. The modern instrumentation makes it appealing to all generations, but the lyrical flow and melody are quite reminiscent of something that may have been written by a Wesley 200 years ago.

To help continue the diversity of the music from this album, I want to highlight “Survival Plan” by Wallace (pronounced Wull-essay”) and Rachel Faagutu. Originally from the islands of Hawaii, they moved to Kansas City to serve and work with IHOP. This song is very much a reggae song with a bit of rap thrown in. It is unlikely to fit most congregations, however it is a brilliant track that will bring so much joy to your heart as you listen.

The final song I want to highlight is “We Make Room” by Jaye Thomas. Jaye is a long time friend of AllAboutWorship.com and will be at our upcoming conference this May. This track is a solid gospel track that sticks tight to the message of IHOP. Since it is not a difficult song, it should be easily adaptable to any congregation. The lyrics are simple, singable, and have a simple purpose; make a habitation for the Lord and a place for His Spirit to move.

This collection of songs gives you a glimpse into the different types of music coming out of IHOP, whilst also providing a solid worship experience to the listener. If you aren’t familiar with the International House of Prayer in Kansas City that is ok, you will still be able to enjoy these songs. I give it a 3 and a half star rating. Solid songs, but because it is a compilation, sometimes it lacks in the flow. It is definitely worth a listen.

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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Mathew Reames

Mathew Reames

Mathew is a missionary and a worship leader serving the global body of Christ through worship training, biblical teaching, and evangelism. He resides in Lawrence, KS and Serves at Eagle Rock Church when not on the mission field.