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St. James Brings Fresh Twist to Familiar Worship

  • 2002 15 Feb
St. James Brings Fresh Twist to Familiar <I>Worship</I>
ALBUM: Worship God
ARTIST: Rebecca St. James
IN A PHRASE: Rebecca delivers a worship experience that is familiar and yet original.

In the midst of many well-known artists releasing worship albums, why would Rebecca St. James record one? Because of her desire to do it, which is really what worship is all about. Worship is about the desire to express oneself in a new way to our God.

Rebecca does that on her new offering, Worship God. Teaming up again with producer Matt Bronleewee (who produced her prior recording, Transform), she adds a twist to modern worship staples, as well as penning a few originals.

The CD kicks off with Let My Words Be Few, which contains a unique string arrangement, courtesy of producer Matt Bronleewee.

The Rebecca original Song of Love is one of the best tracks on this record. I first heard this performed with just Rebecca and an acoustic guitarist. It was awesome then, and it’s even more remarkable now.

St. James takes on the now classic Breathe and offers a moving and inspiring performance, while God of Wonders contains a "Rebecca twist": an acoustic spin that is catchy and captivating.

St. James turns Lenny LeBlanc’s Above All into a driving praise song rather than its usual mood of contemplation and reflection, and it works.

The rock anthem, Quiet You With My Love, contains forceful lyrics about what God says to us as a father.

Horatio Gates Spafford originally wrote It Is Well out of deep love and grief for his family, who were lost at sea. Rebecca’s performance of this beloved hymn offers this generation the opportunity to experience Spafford’s triumph.

Make sure you hang around for the hidden track, a remixed version of Omega.

My final word . . .

Rebecca’s new record bridges the gap between church classics and modern worship anthems. Worship God is a CD that I believe will stand the test of time.

Until Next Time . . .
The J Man