- reviewed by Russ Breimeier Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2003 1 Nov
If you're familiar with modern worship since 1999, you're already acquainted with Kathryn Scott—you just may not know it. Her song "Hungry (Falling on My Knees)" has become a new classic in short time, and her original recording of it has been featured on dozens of worship compilations. That popular rendition comes from the Vineyard UK worship album of the same name, which has sold more than 400,000 copies to date (very impressive for a worship recording); it also features her familiar soul-baring performance of Marie Barnett's "Breathe." The worship leader comes to us from Northern Ireland, where she and her husband serve as pastors of Causeway Coast Vineyard Church.
While those four songs are fairly similar to each other, Scott still makes them distinct enough through her memorable melodies. She also displays more range in the other tracks. The simple-yet-gorgeous "Search Me Know Me," a quiet ballad inspired by the Psalms, was co-written with Scott's mother, while the upbeat and joyous "You're Good Lord" features a cool drum solo in the middle of praising God. "At the Foot of the Cross (Ashes to Beauty)" falls in the middle, instantly comforting and mesmerizing in music and lyrics: "Now I can trade these ashes in for beauty/And wear forgiveness like a crown/Coming to kiss the feet of mercy/I lay every burden down at the foot of the cross." Scott generally draws upon Scripture for her lyrics, but she also elaborates with originality straight from the heart, seldom resorting to cliché.
Scott even finds a way to make others' songs her "own" through thoughtful arrangements and passionate performance. She covers Matt Redman's "Blessed Be Your Name," making it more catchy (sounding like a younger Rebecca St. James) and accessible to a corporate worship setting. There's a sparsely arranged rendition of "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross," a hymn dear to her heart, using the traditional Irish tune of "The Water Is Wide." The album wraps with Doerksen lending a duet vocal to his song "Today (As For Me and My House)," a confident and inspiring rocker that affirms a desire to serve the Lord.