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Northstar Arts, God is Faithful - Review

Northstar Arts, God is Faithful - Review

By Chris Olson on November 04, 2012

Please allow me to introduce you to Northstar Arts.  This “worship band” actually is that – the worship band ministry from Northstar Church, which is a multi-campus church in the greater Panama City, FL area.  Northstar Arts was started specifically to write songs in and for the local church.

Their new album, God is Faithful, was recorded with award winning engineer Mark Hornsby (Outkast, London Philharmonic, Neil Peart), and produced by the collective of writers and musicians that also wrote and played on the record (along with keyboardist and friend Brian Bassett).  The songs on this album were written over a year and half period and used in worship services at Northstar Church for the majority of that time; meaning that the songs on this album are truly corporate worship songs at heart, and have been used as such.  

This is not a short album – 16 songs! – and it’s not going to be possible to touch on them all within the confines of this review, but I do want to highlight a few tunes.  “He is With Us” is a definitely highlight on the album.  Providing a great overall groove, driven by a great guitar tone, the chorus proclaims “Hallelujah, He is with us!” Another favorite is “Beautiful Disaster.”  This song has a really pretty arrangement and overall sound. 

The best song on the album, in the humble opinion of this reviewer, is “Giver of Life.”  This song has a great, chill vibe.  On some other songs on this album, we hear some weaker vocal performances, but this singer is a bit more strong, and his voice fits the feel of the song very well.  Lots of nice texture in this song, and a strong arrangement.  The highlight of this song is definitely the crescendo moment at the very end of the song.  

As a whole, we see that the strengths of the writers are definitely in the choruses, as the verses are somewhat weaker overall.  But all that aside, this truly is an album that aims for and hits the target of congregational worship.  There are lots of worship albums out there, but few feature a song list that is consistently congregation-friendly.  This album is one of them.  If you want an album that is front to back aimed at corporate worship, then be sure to check out Northstar Arts.

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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.