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Zach Loomis

Zach Loomis

By Chris Olson on March 29, 2016

So, back in January – the 15th, to be exact – a new album entitled Captivate was released. Since everyone reading this no doubt appreciates great new music, I imagine every one of you picked this album up back then. 

But if you didn’t, I’m here to tell you about it. You’re welcome. 

Zach Loomis is a worship leader out of Journey Community Church, in Cleveland, OH. Zach has been writing songs for awhile, and this newest project, Captivate, features 12 songs that were co-written with his worship team at Journey, as well as some notable songwriters you’ve heard of before (Like Stu G, Chris McClarney, Dwayne Larring, and Travis Ryan). 

A cool part of the story of this album is the way Zach’s church supported it. “This project is such a community effort,” says Loomis. “Our church has rallied behind it financially, in prayer and encouragement. Never once did I feel I was on my own. Even though I’ve been given the freedom to speak and say what God has been showing me, this project belongs to our church.” And, with that support, and after a year in the making, Captivate is here.

On the surface level, production is superb throughout this collection of songs. Lots of different feels and vibes ranging from simple acoustic tones (“Faithful”), to classic 4-on-the-floor driving beats (“Mountain of God”), as well as reverb and delay drenched electric guitars (“Captivate”). Banjo even makes an appearance (“Exalted One”)! This is not a sonically boring album. 

Now, if you dig deeper, you find a deep well full of declarations of God’s power, closeness, forgiveness, and faithfulness. Each song is rich in truth, and offers a message that can inspire and empower any believer, and can offer hope and love to the lost. The songwriting is strong throughout, with strong lyrics such as “ I could doubt Your words/Say You failed me like the rest/Lost in my failures/Way down in my regrets/But You are there” [“You Are Here (Emmanuel)”], and  “When tomorrow comes/Whatever it may bring/My hope secure/My heart will choose to sing/Hallelujah” (“Faithful”). I also love the bridge of “In The Stillness”, as it begins with God’s perspective, telling us “I am for you, I am for you, I am for you, I am not against”, and then the perspective flips and we cry out in response “You are for me, You are for me, You are for me, You are not against!”

So yes, this album has excellent production, killer vocals, and solid melodies that are memorable, interesting, and yet very easy to follow. But it’s more than that. It’s truth. It’s hope. It’s a message that someone out there NEEDS to hear. It’s a story that someone NEEDS to sing. Maybe it’s you. Maybe it’s someone you know. Maybe these songs need to be sung in your congregations. Either way, put this album in your ears. You’ll thank us later. 

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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.