Songs4Worship.com’s Best of 2005
- The Editors At Songs4Worship.com
- 2006 6 Jan
|Each year here at Songs4Worship.com, we sit down and try to come up with a list of our top picks, our favorites, the recordings that made us sit up and take notice…and grateful for the work God is doing in the lives of worship leaders and artists to make these songs possible in the first place. To be honest, it’s always difficult. There’s too much great new music for worship to choose from. But we press on and narrow the list to 10 in the hopes that you, dear reader, will find these CDS as much of a blessing as we’ve found them. We do not rank our top picks because we don’t want to imply that any one is better than another. Instead, we list them alphabetically by title, and all of them carry our heartiest recommendation!|
|Alive Forever - Travis Cottrell
Alive Forever with Travis Cottrell, is truly a worship album that brings the church together! The blend of worship styles in this LIVE recording reaches a wide diversity of worshippers in the church today. From the simplicity of acoustic worship to the rich texture of a full choir, these 14 newly recorded songs are relevant to all generations. From modern classics like "Friend of God" and "All the Earth Will Sing Your Praises" to timeless hymns like "Holy, Holy, Holy," Alive Forever is a blend of modern and traditional worship styles that all generations will want to experience!
|Blessed Be Your Name: The Songs of Matt Redman, Vol. 1
For those who’ve never been able to attend a Soul Survivor service in jolly ol’ England or a Passion worship event in the States, never fear. Now for the first time on a live recording format, Matt Redman’s songs have been compiled onto one definitive collection that should satiate the appetites of longtime fans, while providing a great point of reference for those who aren’t familiar with the songwriter behind the familiar praise choruses of past and present.
|Hillsong - God He Reigns
Earlier this year Sydney Entertainment Centre resounded to the sound of praise as Darlene Zschech and the Hillsong team led over 10,000 people in a powerful and heartfelt expression of worship. Featuring 13 brand new songs, this powerful CD is sure to fulfill the prayer behind every Hillsong live recording - for it to be a blessing to individuals and a resource to the Church worldwide. The 96-minute DVD features the full worship event, plus it's packed with behind-the-scenes documentaries, audio commentary with Darlene Zschech, guitar workshops, previously unreleased music videos from United: Look To You and more! The CD-ROM songbook features Chord charts, Lead Sheets with Vocal Arrangements, Piano Score, Lyric Files and Select Orchestrations.
|He Is Exalted: Live Worship – Twila Paris
The intimacy and energy of He Is Exalted is something that could only be realized in a live setting. Each song captivates, drawing listeners away from the cares of this world. And at the same, this one-of-a-kind project offers vibrant, new songs for corporate expression, appropriate for traditional, blended and even more modern worship settings. For Twila Paris, who has carved out a place at the forefront of contemporary worship, He Is Exalted: Live Worship is a wonderful and personal reflection of a new season of growth, not only as an artist but also as a worshiper.
|Hymned – Bart Millard
Following the success of MercyMe’s powerful crossover smash hit, “I Can Only Imagine,” singer-songwriter Bart Millard’s name became known to people who had never considered themselves fans of Christian music. Rather than resting on that success, however, Millard‘s newest INO Records release, Hymned, is a trip back in time. Hymned pays tribute to the traditional hymns Bart’s grandmother sang to him when he was a boy, but features bold interpretations of the songs with a contemporary flair.
|Lifesong – Casting Crowns
After their platinum-selling, self-title debut, one might assume there’s no way to go but down. But Casting Crowns more than prove their mettle for insightful, worshipful lyrics that move people out of the pew and into the street. This is music of powerful conviction, and the Church is blessed in the listening.
|Look To You – United Live
The United team comes into its own on Look to You with more power, passion and originality than heard on previous recordings. The “live” backdrop of crowd participation makes the music of United even more accessible for other worship leaders. Look to You contains 12 new original songs from United plus a closing cover of Rich Mullins’ “Awesome God.” There is also a bonus DVD with live performances of six songs, behind the scenes footage and two documentaries.
Bigger Than Life— Michael Neale
To point out the obvious, the worship genre is a melting pot, and rightfully so. What moves a 17-year-old student to worship is a world away from what speaks to the heart of a 60-year-old grandmother. And yet on Sunday morning, some common ground must exist so that we can all worship side by side, together as one body. That's why I'm grateful for innovators like Michael Neale, a young worship leader who finds that common ground and makes it the richest soil possible for those of us in the pew. He also understands the powerful role the choir can play in leading congregations in worship, which makes Bigger Than Life an invaluable resource for worship leaders and choir directors. Oh yeah, and it's a great 'flying down the highway' CD, too.
|Redemption Songs – Jars of Clay
Jars of Clay isn’t merely jumping on the worship bandwagon with this disc, they’re driving it! True to form, the band has emerged from the studio with a highly unique musical statement, employing a mix of unusual instruments including pedal steel, mandolin and fiddle. The overall feel is fresh and organic, yet the tunes are driven by the rhythms that are common on their previous gold and platinum-selling albums. Perhaps best of all, the project is rife with the profoundly rich theology that has often gotten lost in more contemporary worship texts. A home run on all levels, Redemption Songs is likely to go down as one of the band’s most original, engaging recordings to date.
|Shout Praises Kids 4
Recorded with kids and adults leading worship, Shout Praises! Kids 4 is the latest release in Integrity’s Dove Award winning Shout Praises! Kids series and features today’s newest and biggest worship songs like "Friend Of God,” "Blessed Be Your Name” and “Better Than Life” all performed in a contemporary style younger worshipers enjoy. Kids will love this high energy CD—at home, in the car or at church with their friends. For churches and children’s workers, a CD Trax and Songbook are available—perfect for children's choirs, VBS, summer camps, Sunday school classes and more.