"Rise Up!", The Rizers - Album Review
"We want to instill in kids a love for Jesus Christ and his Word through Scripture memory, praise and worship," this is the mission of The Rizers (short for Memorizers) a band represented as cartoons and sing Scripture verses in the form of upbeat, kid-friendly music. There is Gracie (lead vocals), Matty C (guitar and vocals), Mei Mei (keytar), A-Yo (drums), and Johnny Danger (bass). They meet in Matty C’s garage to make their joyful noise in their town of Rizing Springs. Their newest album Rise Up certainly accomplishes their mission and more!
Although designed for ages 4-10, Children ages 7 - 13 describe this group as "being better than any other Christian Kids artist I've ever heard!" With their opening song "Make a Joyful Noise" a song which boasts an upbeat rap/funk flare, will have children and adults alike unknowingly memorizing this scripture verse from Psalm 100:1-2. "I Can Do Everything" another track from The Rizers current album embraces a Calypso/reggae style while inviting children to learn Philippians 4:13, "I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength."
Track 3 "Glory, Glory, Glory" gives way to a catchy techno/dance beat all while teaching 2 Peter 3:18. The vocals are very pleasant to listen to with catchy rhythms sure to engage the youngest child as well as adults. Track 4, as one child puts it is, "a very settled down techno style". This song is brought down with more of a melodic ballad feeling, again, while teaching 2 Timothy 3:16, "All Scripture is God breathed..."
Rise Up fittingly ends with the bands familiar techno sound while focusing on John 14:27, "Let the Children Come to Me". The Rizers are not only a band, but help to define Children's Ministry today, not only within the wall of the church but also within the home. Their catchy lyrics and modern rhythms will certainly have children enjoying the music but also soaking in God's very word into their minds and hearts.
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