Passion: Here For You - CD Review
Recorded live at Passion 2011 in Atlanta, GA in January, 2011, this latest Passion recording, Here For You, is filled with powerful songs, many perfect for congregational use in worship.
Many familiar artists have a part in this recording, including Chris Tomlin, Christy Nockels, Matt Redman, David Crowder*Band and Kristian Stanfill. There is one new addition, however – rapper LeCrae makes a special appearance along with the David Crowder*Band on the song “Shadows”, which adds a whole new exciting sound for this group.
Tomlin plays a large part in this collection, featured in half of the 12 songs on the recording. The title song, “Here For You”, kicks off the album, and is an excellent call to worship – “We welcome You with praise | we welcome You with praise | Almighty God of praise | be welcomed in this place.”
One of my favorite songs on the whole album is “All My Fountains”, which has such a unique, infectious feel to it! The rhythms, guitars, percussion, clapping and vocals combine for a driving, energetic celebration of the truth that He is the source of all that we have.
Christy Nockels’ flawless voice is featured on two tracks – “Waiting Here For You” and “Carry Your Name”. “Waiting Here For You” was actually written by Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves and Martin Smith, and is an anthem of expectation, based on our knowledge of God’s faithfulness. Kristian Stanfill leads two of the most congregationally-friendly tunes on the whole album, beginning with “Forever Reign”, the popular song originally recorded by the team at Hillsong.
Another previously released song led by Kristian is “Always”, originally released on his Mountains Move project. But, this is another one of my favorites on the album, and I’m so glad it was included here, because it’s a great arrangement with a soaring chorus – “Oh my God | He will not delay | My refuge and strength always” and such an inspiring bridge “I lift my eyes up| my help comes from the Lord.”
This is another solid live album recorded by Passion! The production quality is superior, especially for a live recording, and worship leaders will have no trouble finding a new batch of songs to introduce to their churches. It’s also a treasure to have just for your own personal times of worship. I’d highly recommend this one!
Review by Barry Westman
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