Over time fans of Christian music have fallen in love with Christy Nockels — from her voice at the many conferences where she leads worship, her albums, to her story of strength. I happen to be one of those people that the worship leader has wowed. Her 2012 album “Into The Glorious” was one of the most impressive records at the time, and the soulfulness of the record made me become a fan.
Even though the singer has performed in countless conferences, concerts and whatnot she never dropped a solo live project. Her previous materials were studio records and even though the Passion projects usually features her live performances, it usually leaves a lot of fans wanting more.
Let It Be Jesus
The new album is a first for Christy Nockels; the singers first solo live project.
Christy Nockels’ third album “Let It Be Jesus” gets its theme as a result of a question which was posed to the singer, “ What are you doing to raise up the next generation of leaders?” a question which caught her off-guard.
“It was like a defibrillator on my heart. It was like someone shocked me alive,” describes Nockels, recalling the conversation. “I so wasn’t ready for that question.” It was a pivotal question that ended up sparking a new season of mentoring for Nockels and birthing a fresh batch of songs that formed the set list for her first live solo album, “Let It Be Jesus.”
Nockels’ vision for “Let It Be Jesus” is for it to be an instrument that leads people to Christ. The collection of songs on this album will definitely do that in my opinion.
“Everything Is Mine In You” is the first song that caught my attention on the record, Little wonder why the singer says it’s her favourite song on the record. The lyrics caused me to stop and really think – would I truly say (and mean it) ‘everything is mine in You’ even when I don’t see the physical manifestations? Then that is what faith really is, isn’t it?
This song will reassure and strengthen your faith even in the midst of any situation you may be facing. The melody is so infectious that you simply can’t shake it off. The tune was written by Ellie Holcomb and Christy Nockels after both women swapped stories about friends enduring difficult seasons. “We really wanted to write this song for women, especially women who are in a time of waiting… this idea that pushes you out from your circumstances and into what is true.” Nockels shares.
Fellas, don’t run away just yet, because this song is for everyone.
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The album features tunes which we heard earlier from Nockels in the Passion live CD recordings, cuts like “My Anchor” and “Let It Be Jesus.” These were powerful songs which complemented the Passion albums, and I don’t hate that they made it to Nockels’ album. “My Anchor” was featured in the recent “Passion: Ever So Come” album, while the centrepiece of the album, the title track, ‘Let It Be Jesus’ appeared in last year’s “Passion: Take It All.”
“[The photographer] sent me six or seven album cover options, and as soon as we saw the one of me kneeling, everyone was just like, ‘That’s it, and the title needs to be Let It Be Jesus,’” Nockels affirms. “If I’m honest, just that phrase alone, ‘Let it be Jesus,’ would be true of how I’m looking at my life. It’s the theme of my heart right now. Not to say I’ve arrived, but you do reach a point where you’ve lived enough life where nothing else satisfies—truly, nothing else brings joy like Jesus does.”
The title track was written by Tomlin, Redman, and Jonas Myrin and originally recorded on 2014’s annual Passion record, “Take It All.”
Having a friendship with God is a beautiful experience and that is portrayed in the track “Who Can Compare.” “You take my hand, you guide me on…. and you show me the way to life…” Nockels sings.
Lovers of country pop will particularly enjoy the lively tune “If You Never.” It is one of the up-tempo tunes on the album.
The folk-laced “Jesus Rock Of Ages” feels like something from “Into The Glorious.” “Jesus Rock of Ages” was written by Nockels’ and husband Nathan in their home on her piano. The song provided a special moment during the live recording as Nathan joined her on-stage with his guitar to sing a stripped-down version of the cut together, commemorating 20 years of marriage and ministry.
Concluding track “Wonderful Name” was also birthed in her living room as she and Nathan wrote with David Crowder. The song proved to be the perfect ending to the recording, with the room cheering for the Name above all names. It’s fitting considering this is the sole desire of Nockels’ heart. “No matter what happens in my life, Jesus is the name I will proclaim. That’s just what I want my life to be about,” she says.
From the inspirited “Everything Is Mine In You” to the southern affirmative “Wonderful Name” the singer leads. While her focus was on her female audience, I think that the songs can easily relate to everyone both male and female.
Being a sucker for stripped down and simplistic (acoustic) tunes I would however pick “Into The Glorious” over “Let It Be Jesus.”