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Matt Gilman - Awaken Love [Review]

Matt Gilman - Awaken Love [Review]

By Mathew Reames on August 27, 2013

For the last decade Matt Gilman has been one of the main worship leaders at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City; a ministry that has had worship leaders like Misty Edwards, Julie Meyer, and Cory Asbury. Today, Gilman is releasing his first solo album, Awaken Love, produced by veteran producer Ed Cash. This album takes the music that was written in the midst of the prayer room and makes it accessible for congregational worship.

Gilman opens the album with “As The Deer”. This track is a piano driven ballad about desperate longing for the Lord, drawing from Psalm 42. This is one that is perfectly suited for singing in a community worship setting. The lyrics are simple and the melody of the song is easily followed when singing. This is a very scriptural song, and a very passionate song which makes it a very powerful song.

“Holy” is a track some may remember from the Jesus Culture album Consumed. This track was actually written by Gilman and previously released on IHOP-KC worship albums. “Holy” is driven by a guitar line, and simple lyrics. “Only one word comes to mind, there’s only one word to describe. Holy! Holy, Lord God Almighty.” If you haven’t heard it before, this is one you will enjoy, and will fit well into most congregations. The entire heart and thought behind “Holy” is the absolute, unchanging, perfect, holiness of our God.

The eighth track of the album is called “Every Captive Free”. It is based on the words of the Prophet Isaiah which Jesus read in the synagogue. This is one that will not likely suit your corporate worship times. However, this track is a perfect song for an altar call. The point of the song is that Jesus is our liberator, and not only does He pull us from darkness, but He also places us in the light of His Glory. This song will really minister to the brokenhearted.

As mentioned above, Ed Cash teamed with Gilman to produce this album. Not only did he produce, but he also co-wrote the song “Fairer”. This is an upbeat song of praise that definitely shows some of the influence of Cash. This song is very simple, singable, and focuses on the beauty and majesty of the Lord. It is a song that will work well and encourage your congregation.

As I mentioned previously, Matt Gilman has been a worship leader with the International House of Prayer in Kansas City for the last 10 years. He recently resigned and moved to Orlando to join his in-laws and launch a house of prayer and church in that region. Several of the songs on this album are ones that he has written over the last 10 years, and it is interesting to see how recording them with Ed Cash has adjusted them. You can see Ed’s influence throughout this album, and you can see the mentoring and polish that Ed has helped to bring to this project.

Matt Gilman is a worship leader you may not be familiar with, but you will want to be. This entire album is filled with songs that will bless you and your congregation. It is easily a 4-star album. I highly recommend it.

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 a third-party affiliate program.

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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.