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Misty Edwards - Little Bird [Review]

Misty Edwards - Little Bird [Review]

By Mathew Reames on December 30, 2014

For those of you who have not heard of Misty Edwards, allow me to give you a little context. Misty is one of the founding worship leaders of the International House of Prayer in Kansas City. She has been involved in continual 24/7 prayer for 15 years. Much of her music is not designed for congregational singing, but rather for contemplative prayer; which is a primary focus at a House of Prayer.

In her newest offering, Little Bird, she goes a different route from previous albums and other worship albums. Misty explains, “A lot of worship leaders feel limited and frustrated creatively, but we’re called to so much more as Christians, even when it comes to our typical definition of worship. I also wanted to channel the kind of music I personally listen to, so it’s also a case of being authentic to what I like. I strongly believe there’s a whole group of listeners who won’t gravitate towards worship music because they have a taste for a different kind of creativity, and it was in my heart to reach those people.”

Each song on the album is different, and they all have a strong personality. The title track, “Little Bird,” has an upbeat pop feel to it that relies on claps and xylophones to hold the rhythm and melody. This song is filled with encouragement about the freedom and life of a believer. How even in the midst of trouble, life is a vapor, but life is our chance to express our love to God and receive love from Him. 

“Companion” is a beautiful track that really encourages the soul. It is written from the perspective of God singing to man. It is a song about relationship. The chorus is the crux of His call to us, “I want to be your companion just like in the garden. So if you’re searching for Eden, find it in Me. Find it in Me.” This call is then responded to in the bridge, “You are as close as conversation. You are so close to Me. You are as near as turned attention. You are so near to Me.” It is not suited for a church worship service, but will really speak to the heart of any Christian and remind us of His unfailing pursuit and love.

Each song on this album is great and worthy of it's own individual review, but for the sake of brevity allow me to highlight just one more track off this album. “Sound of a Heart” is a beautiful track rooted in Psalm 31, Psalm 56, and the repentant heart of King David. The song evokes strong emotion knowing that in our distress God hears us and rescues us. Our songs, our prayers, and our cries do not fall on deaf ears, but on a God who hears and responds. This song is beautiful and moving on multiple levels.

Time fails me to tell you of each song. They are all creative and grab your attention. It is not a fast album, most songs are mid to low tempo, but each has a distinct musical touch that just shows the level of excellence Misty and her team are capable of producing. This is not an album you will be loading your Sunday set lists with, but it is an album you will keep readily available to just listen and enjoy. It’s bold and imaginative whilst also being deeply personal.

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.