I have nothing but immense respect for a group of musicians, songwriters, and church leaders from a vibrant community of worship.
I first heard about them with their Advent Songs project (one of the best recordings of Christmas music I’ve ever heard), then was blown away by the first installment of Over the Grave – The Hymns of Isaac Watts, am in love with their split EP that was recently released, and now they’ve done it again.
Sojourn Music’s second Isaac Watts installment “The Water and the Blood” is now available and although I don’t actually have a copy yet I know without a doubt from the bits and pieces that I’ve heard that it is a phenomenal collection of music that is a must, not just for worship leaders, but for music-lovers in general.
Here’s what I love about what they’re doing:
- Their sound is completely different than anything I’ve ever heard in the typical “worship song” style
- The music is innovative, modern, and fresh yet they are using centuries-old lyrics that stand the test of time and communicate deep truth as the words
- Their musicianship is stellar AND doctrine is solid and unambiguous
Apart from the fact that their skills at both performing and writing songs are amazing, Sojourn Church’s leaders, musicians, and songwriters are humble people of God who are successfully merging ancient and new into a deeply truthful, relevant, and meaningful mode of worship.
While the overall style of their music might not be a good fit for all congregations (or even all listeners, if you have a narrow musical taste), people with open ears for many styles of music can have a renewed love of music, truth, theology, and poetry by enjoying this new offering and their previous offerings.
And, for you hard-core audiophiles out there, a vinyl copy of The Water and the Blood (which includes a digital download, CD version, and more) is available for a limited time. I’ll post a full review once I have a copy of the album.
Question: What’s the most innovative or surprising “worship” album you’ve come across recently?