Pick of the Week: The Best of 2003
- Thursday, January 15, 2004
It's been a great year for new music that inspires and moves us toward the Lord in worship. Take a look (and a listen) back at some of our favorites from the past year, projects that will be perennial favorites for years to come. And if you missed out on getting them the first time around, now's your chance!
Recorded at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, one of the largest and fastest growing churches in America, produced by Israel Houghton and Aaron W. Lindsey, and featuring the worship leadership of Houghton and Cindy Cruse-Ratcliff, Cover the Earth is a compelling, uplifting live album that focuses squarely on the victory and hope found in Jesus. The album features "Cover the Earth," "Sweeter," "Friend of God," "Sing," "Bless the Lord," "Holy You Are," "Free for All," "Sing Over Me," "I'll Never Stop Loving You," "Glorify Your Name," and 'He Lives." Cover the Earth also comes with a Worship Leader Assistant CD-ROM Digital Songbook, a new approach to traditional hardbound songbook, helping worship leaders, vocalists and musicians master new songs and lead others in worship. If it's energetic worship you're looking for, don't miss this follow-up to We Speak To Nations.
Live worship recordings span the gamut from low-tech and low-emotion to state-of-the-art and high energy. Depending on what draws your spirit to worship, either can be just as moving and just as worshipful as the other. Hope is one of those live worship recordings that is sure to resonate with anyone who desires to praise God, to see His glory inhabit the adoration of those who worship. It's an energetic, heart-stirring means of connecting with God, with hope-filled songs you'll go back to time and time again to express your love for Him. Hope features "Better Than Life," "Glory," "Ever Living God," "Need You Here," "My Hope," "Still," "Angels," "Can't Stop Praising," "You Are / You Are Lord," "Here I Am To Worship / Call" and "Highest." Bonus CD includes: "Song Of Freedom," "Shout Your Fame," "Exceeding Joy," "King Of Love," "To The Ends Of The Earth," "Free" and "Highest" (reprise).
Michael W. Smith's incredible body of work is a testament to the impact he's made as an artist and songwriter within the Christian music industry for the past 20 years. The Second Decade underscores the fact that Smith has been able to reinvent himself and craft some of the most innovative and inspirational music of his career these past 10 years. Highlights include "I'll Lead You Home," "This Is Your Time," "Missing Person," "Love Me Good" and the spectacular instrumental, "Freedom." Pick up The Second Decade CD today or order the Limited Edition CD that includes a DVD with music videos, interviews and a humorous tribute to Michael from his family. This two CD collection features: "Signs," "Missing Person," "Cry for Love," "This Is Your Time," "Live the Life," "Never Been Unloved," "Love Me Good," "Breakdown," "Straight to the Heart," "I'll Lead You Home," "Above All," "You Are Holy," "Friends 2003," "Freedom" and "Raging Sea."
Capturing the intensity of worship at the latest national Passion gathering, this sixth Passion CD from sixsteps records features well-known praise songs and exclusive new cuts from popular singer/songwriters Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, David Crowder Band, Charlie Hall and others. Recorded live at the OneDay03 event in Sherman, Texas, in May of this year, the CD brings home the energy, fervor and creativity that has become synonymous with each of the Passion events. The album's thirteen songs include Tomlin's "Not To Us" and "Holy Is the Lord," Redman's "Blessed Be" and OneDay03 theme song "Come, Let Us Return To the Lord," Hall's "Sending" and David Crowder Band's "O Praise Him (All This For a King)." Also on the CD are "Revolution Cry" from Steve Fee, "Sing To the King" by Candi Pearson and "Knees To the Earth" by Watermark.
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