The Review Zone ‘Xtra

ESTHER MOORE : The Answer.   (www.orphannomore.com)

This debut single from Esther Moore has been released in support of World Refugee Day, and is provocative call to love without condition and reservation. Of the song, Esther says; “The Answer was written from a place of deep wrestling. What is our response when faced with senseless violence and hate- filled attacks on innocents? The natural response is to react with fear and hatred of the individuals responsible and a desire to make them pay. My question, inspired by those who chose another way, was this: what would happen if we chose the most counter-intuitive, difficult and challenging response – and chose to love instead?” The song itself sees Esther with a vocal quality and delivery akin to that of Florence Welch. It’s lovely to be able to hear every word sung so distinctively, when many of today’s productions bury the vocals within a cacophony of sound. “Stand with one voice. Love is the answer.” What a simple message.   7/10.

The Review Zone ‘Xtra

DARLENE ZSCECH : Here I Am Send Me Live).   (Integrity Music)

This is Darlene’s first recording since successfully battling with breast cancer. It was recorded at the Hope Unlimited Church, were both she and her husband are pastors. The theme of the album is a call to all, to go out and share the gospel to a waiting world. With almost all the tracks lasting for more than 6 minutes, listening is a worship experience. As you would expect, Darlene has gathered well known songwriters like Martin Smith and Paul Baloche to co-write songs, as well as members of her own church. The result is a typical Darlene Zschech album, full of big production numbers and vocals that soar in praise of God. “You Are Great” is a strong ballad that opens the track listing. Then, comes, “You Will Be Praised.” I took an instant like to this one, as it’s chorus really draws you in to worship. Once or twice, I felt that the longer songs got quite repetitive. For instance, nearly 3 minutes of the title “Kingdom Come” being repeated just became purely irritating. The simplicity of “Emmanuel” comes as welcome relief to the fuller sound of most songs. The piano and choir backing are perfect for Darlene’s delivery. If you’re a fan of Darlene, you won’t be disappointed with this recording.   8/10.

Solo Debut from Chris Sayburn

Integrity Music announces the July 21 global release of Saved By Grace, the solo debut from U.K. based worship leader and curate CHRIS SAYBURN.

Sayburn’s name may be new to many U.S. worship music fans, but we, his U.K. mates know him well. In addition to leading New Wine Worship, the worship ministry for the New Wine fellowship of churches, Sayburn has been writing for and collaborating on Integrity Music projects for several years. This includes his work on New Wine’s last albums Wildfire and Simple Pursuit.

With Saved By Grace, Sayburn and producer Ben Cantelon (Worship Central) deliver 10 new songs including cowrites with Cantelon (Saviour of the World), Nick Herbert (The Way) and Brenton Brown (Everlasting God) among others.

But good songs with catchy melodies are not the end game for Sayburn, who serves as curate for St. Philips Chapel Street in Salford, Manchester. “My benchmark for success is that the album adds value in serving the Church,” he explains. “I already know God loves my songs… He loves all our songs of worship whether they are on albums or not! But my desire is to write songs that the local Church can get hold of and use. “Many songs have played an important part in certain seasons in my life,” Sayburn adds. “It would be a blessing to hear if just one song impacts someone to keep going, keep loving and following Jesus… this would be worth all the effort.”

 

 

 

 

16 Track Collection from Todd Agnew

Chart-topping seven-time Dove Award-nominated singer/songwriter and worship leader TODD AGNEW has unveiled his latest project, a 16-track collection of new songs, as well as unreleased, remixed, and favourite tracks from the vault. The new collection, appropriately  entitled From Grace to Glory: The Music of Todd Agnew, released on  Ardent Records.

Serving as a scrapbook of sorts, From Grace to Glory is a musical chronicle of Agnew’s journey of faith and ministry. It is a time capsule of moments, both profoundly intimate and exuberantly bold, that captures the essence of walking out the gospel hand-in-hand with friends and family, through good times and hard times. It is the journal of one man’s transformation from a young singer/songwriter to troubadour theologian. Along with the new material, the prolific singer/songwriter layers into From Grace to Glory a collection of some of his most cherished songs which are not part of his Ardent Records discography, most of which have not been previously released.

Debut Release for Alisa Turner

Integrity Music welcomes Nashville-based singer, songwriter and worship leader ALISA TURNER and announces the August 25 release of her debut, self-titled project.

Singing since childhood, the piano has been Turner’s “meeting place” with God, where she lays everything – joy, heartache, pain and hope – at the altar. Her life has not been an easy one, from overcoming years of debilitating illness, to losing her infant son. She takes these experiences and pours them into eloquent, psalm-like piano driven melodies. It’s been an uphill battle, but giving up is not an option for Turner who is following in her worship leader dad’s footsteps. “I think the Lord created me this way, drawn in by the emotion that comes with music,” Turner says. “When I sit down at the piano, He always uses it to draw me back, to awaken the dreamer, and I always leave different than when I came. I leave knowing He sees me, He is with me, He is my hope.”

Introducing Throwback Kid

7Core Music are pleased to announce the 2nd of 3 brand new label signing’s coming this year, THROWBACK KID.

Take a splash of Badly Drawn Boy, a spoonful of Jack Johnson, add a sprinkling of The Beach Boys and top off with a little Waterboys Fisherman’s blues era and you’ll come close to Throwback Kid.

Last year, popular UK Worship leader Pete James found himself going back to his routes and writing songs about family, friends, and life in general. Knowing that these songs would never fit on one of his ‘Congregational worship albums’, but seeing the effect they had on people he played them to, he knew he had to get in a studio and record these new ideas. He described it as ‘Flowing With The Feeling’.

In stepped 7Core Music and some amazing local session musicians to help make Pete’s feeling become a reality, and Throwback Kid was born.

An EP ‘Flowing with the Feeling’ will be released on July 13th.  Listen to the first single ‘Bluebells and Blossom’here: http://www.noisetrade.com/throwbackkid/bluebells-and-blossom

Mack Brock Exits Elevation Worship

MACK BROCK, a founding member and featured vocalist of Elevation Worship, has announced his exit from the ministry team. In a statement released to The Christian Beat, Elevation Worship announced, “After almost ten years with Elevation Worship, Mack felt God closing this chapter in his life and calling him away from full time staff at Elevation Church…As a church, we were able to send him out with our blessing to pursue whatever God has next for him and his family. He is still in Charlotte, a part of our church, and we will always be grateful for everything he contributed to building this worship ministry.”