New Life Worship "You Hold It All" - CD Review + Video Debut
THE REVIEW: (by Joe Cameneti, Jr.; review copy provided by Integrity Music)
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” This seems to be the approach of the seasoned New Life Worship Team as they release yet another remarkable live project recorded at their home church in Colorado Springs, Colorado. If you enjoy massive arrangements, epic imagery and corporate anthems, You Hold it All is the perfect worship experience for you.
This 12 track collection boasts a strong lineup of familiar faces with artists like Jared Anderson (“Rescue,” “Amazed,” “Coming Your Way”), Jon Egan (“I Am Free,” “Overcome”) and Glenn Packiam (“My Savior Lives,” “Your Name”) leading the charge. There are also some great vocal performances from the rest of the New Life team.
Although You Hold it All returns with the familiar New Life flare of albums past, it definitely seems to have different points of emphasis and a more “celebratory” feel. Their last project, Counting on God, was anchored by songs like “Overcome” and written in response to several devastating moments in their congregation’s recent history. So it was exciting to hear about the new things God is doing in and through this beautifully resilient example of the local church. Here are some tracks I especially enjoyed:
“Lift the Name” - Fun, hooky and fresh – This is the often evasive “song # 1” that every worship leader desperately needs to jumpstart a service in the right way.
“Our Messiah Reigns” - A Co-write with Ian Eskelin and Glenn Packiam (featured on his latest solo project). It focuses on the meaning of Messiah – the long awaited Savior, Healer and Restorer.
“Great I Am” - The stand-out track of the album by Jared Anderson. Full of beautiful and epic imagery, painting the picture of worship around the throne. I think this is the next “Revelation Song.” Just saying…
“Captives Free” - Based out of Luke 4 and Isaiah 61, Jesus fulfilled the Scripture, and now New Life gives us the opportunity to declare the same over our lives. I love the message that this song arms a believer with – The Spirit of God is now on us to do even greater things than Jesus Himself! (John 14)
“Dry Bones” - Inspired by Ezekiel 37, this song has a strong prophetic message, speaking to the dry bones in our midst and commanding them to come back to life.
“God Be Praised” - Another powerful song borrowed from Desperation Band’s Light up the World – adding a new bridge, “Out of ashes you lifted us. To the table you came and filled our cup.” (See video below)
You can’t get ahold of this album fast enough. Buy it. Learn it. And teach it to your congregation!
THE VIDEO DEBUT: "God Be Praised"
We are partnering with Integrity Music to debut the music video of "God Be Praised" on our site as well as provide the chord chart for free!
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