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Rebekah Maddux El Hakam: Radiant You - Review

Rebekah Maddux El Hakam: Radiant You - Review

By Barry Westman on May 06, 2013

Rebekah Maddux El-Hakam is a worship leader, singer and songwriter from Houston, TX. Her album, Radiant You, was released in September of 2012, and features 10 original songs and one hymn arrangement of “Be Thou My Vision”.  The album was produced by Marshall Altman (Audrey Assad, Brooke Fraser, Josh Wilson), and contains a nice mix of worship anthems, simple praise songs and heartfelt ballads.

Maddux El-Hakam’s album has garnered some attention, featured as the “New Artist to Watch” on NewReleaseTuesday for November 2012, and part of the top 25 most-funded indie projects on Kickstarter to date.

Radiant You showcases Rebekah’s unique vocal sound and talent for songwriting.  Her songwriting journey began as she was preparing for leading worship from week to week. Eventually these new melodies formed into worship songs that she uses in her role as worship leader at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Houston, TX.

The theme of Radiant You is one of spirit-filled hope, promise and declarations that God is faithful to be who He says He is.  The first radio single, “The Glory of it All” is a powerful worship anthem declaring that this life is really about the hope and glory of God’s kingdom. Another stand-out track is “Be My Vision”, a song that includes the familiar verses of the traditional hymn “Be Thou My Vision” with a contemporary feel and a new chorus that is simple, yet strong.

Finally, “This Is My Prayer” is a great song that could easily be used in worship services. The simple chorus just states, “I will hunger after You. I will thirst after You. I will follow after you. This is my prayer.”  The child-like “La-la-la” section followed by the bridge adds to the simplistic appeal of this song.

Overall, this collection is a fairly strong first album for Maddux El-Hakam, and I’m sure with each successive album, the production value and overall effect will only increase.  These inspiring songs on Radiant You will surely continue to reach a wider audience as more people learn about Rebekah’s ministry.

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Barry Westman

Barry Westman

Barry has served in worship ministry for 20 years, currently serving as Worship Pastor at Bethel Baptist Church in Janesville, Wisconsin. He was born and raised in Minnesota, husband to Tina, and father to three beautiful children - Chad, Emily and Olivia. He usually leads worship from the keyboard and loves to play board games!