Over the past few years, I’ve been listening to a lot of worship albums, and I have to say that there is a lot of talent in the Church. I also have to admit that I hadn’t head of Influencers Worship until I got this review album, but I’m glad I have! Influencers Worship new album Just the Cross has great live album energy and a collection of singable songs so that you can worship right along with it.
Passion is one of those groups that helps to drive the creative conversation in Church music. I appreciate that. A lot.
I’ve been a fan of Switchfoot since I saw them play for the first time in 2001. I married a Switchfoot fan whose love of the band stretches back to 1999. You are free to like whatever bands you want, but as for us and our household, we shall play Switchfoot. In fact, for my wife’s birthday, we’re going to see Switchfoot when they come to St. Louis in March.
I love it when an artist with a long career finds a way to create songs that sound new, sound like what is current, without losing the qualities and characteristics that make the artist unique. I want an album that sounds like it was made in the year I’m living in, but I don’t want the artist to get lost in what’s current. I want to see them find themselves in what’s current.
Few pop artists really live up to that label “artist,” but Matthew Parker is one and Daydreamer proves it. The music is catchy, filled with all the hooks, loops, bleeps, and bloops that should be expected in 2018. And yet, it’s really good! Most of the time, when an album has “everything,” if often feels a bit bloated and overproduced. That’s not the case here. The music sounds hand-crafted if that’s even a thing anymore.
Being a worship leader wasn’t something I chose to be, it was quite literally thrust upon me when I was in high school when our youth worship leader needed to step down for a season to focus on some familial responsibilities. I had grown up in a musical family and had formal training in vocal performance but had only been playing the guitar for a couple of years and had no real experience in what it meant to lead a band, let alone select songs that worked well together and organize a practice. Through a lot of trial and error, coaching, and the grace of God I was able to slowly develop an understanding of what it actually meant to be a lead a group in worship. Spoiler: It’s more than just singing songs. So what does the responsibility of an average worship leader look like?