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New Life Worship - Strong God [Review]

New Life Worship - Strong God [Review]

By Chris Olson on August 13, 2013

Most of you are likely familiar with New Life Worship, from New Life Church in Colorado Springs, CO. If you aren't, you likely have been singing some of their songs in your corporate worship gatherings. Songs such as "Great I Am," "Overcome," "I Am Free," "Treasure," and many others have come out of this church. And here today, we are taking a look at their new offering, Strong God.

Produced by Michael Rossback, and featuring mainstay Jon Egan and pastor Brad Parsley, this album does not feature past notables Glenn Packiam or Jared Anderson. New Life Worship, according to Egan, is finding itself In a time of raising up new musicians, worship leaders and songwriters. As such, we get to hear from New Life newcomers Cory Asbury, Rachael Kiehne, Jonathan Moos, Abby Merkel, and Nico Perez. With writers like Michael Farren, Dustin Smith, Mia Fieldes, Meredith Andrews and Jason Ingram contributing as well, this album has a wide range of influence. Ranging from upbeat and joyful, to mellow and reflective, this album features songs that can all find their homes in a congregational worship setting.

"Strong God" is the title track off the album, and has been a tool of ministry and encouragement for the church. Many families have been affected by the wildfires that have recently plagued the Colorado Springs area. According to Jon, “We gathered around those affected, prayed and sang ‘Strong God’ together as a reminder that we're all about declaring the greatness of God in the midst of trouble and despair." And that is exactly what this song does. With a nice, dramatic arrangement, this song is very singable and would no doubt be a powerful addition to any worship set.

"More Than Enough" features Abby Merkel and Nico Perez. Abby's soft voice takes to the melody of this song very well. The simple pre chorus lyric really conveys the full message of the song:  "Only you are able. Only you can satisfy." The bridge instrumentation is big and kinda comes out of nowhere, offering a punch of power and dynamic boost, followed by a very mellow bridge that gradually builds as we sing "your love is strong enough...your grace is deep enough..."

"Ascribe" really is a special song, and is probably my personal favorite on this album. This song is extremely pretty, featuring a simple acoustic guitar with some lush but airy background accompaniment. Cory's vocals are incredible on this song, including a great falsetto hook during the pre chorus. You don't hear many songs with "ascribe" as a primary lyric throughout, and admittedly, on first listen, it almost felt weird to sing that word, phonetically. But a couple more listens and it is quite natural. This is a very worshipful song, and would work well as a "soaking" song, as well as in a corporate worship setting.

Knowing what this church has gone through over the years always lends a special insight for me into the songs they write and sing. This group of artists, musicians and songwriters are genuine - they minister in their church, and they write songs for their church. They write songs that their church needs to sing, when they need to sing them. Approximately 100 New Life families were affected by the fires in Colorado, and these songs have been written for these times, for these families. My hope is that as you listen to and worship with these songs, you and your church family will be reminded that our God is a strong and faithful God, even when times are tough. If that isn't a reason to worship, I don't know what is.

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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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.