Christian Contemporary music albums are always a big hit with my kids, and this one was no exception. We were so excited for the chance to preview Passion: Salvation's Tide Is Rising! Although my review post is a bit late, that is not indicative of our excitement for the album. We were listening to it and enjoying it as soon as we got it! My kids have been eagerly syncing it onto their listening devices.
First, let me give you a little background info on the Passion Movement:
About The Passion Movement:The Passion Movement and the messages of founder Louis Giglio have marked the lives of millions of people around the globe, calling people everywhere to live for the glory of God. From its inception, the movement of Passion has birthed new anthems of worship, influencing countless churches and helping to define the current worship climate and establish artists Chris Tomlin, Crowder, Matt Redman, Christy Nockels, Kristian Stanfill and others. Louie Giglio is the pastor and founder of Passion City Church in Atlanta, GA.Some of the songs on this album were written specifically for Passion 2016, while others are songs we've been singing in our church for a while now. I really enjoyed the album for several reasons. One was the big names that are always favorites in our house that were featured, including Crowder, Chris Tomlin, and Matt Redman. Another reason is that while this is an album of praise songs, they also really have their own distinct sound.
I look for musical variety, meaningful lyrics, and excellence in performance to put on my personal playlist. With all the different artists featured, this album definitely fit the bill for musical variety and excellence in performance. All the songs seemed full of heartfelt worship. I think my favorite song on the album, and the one with the most meaningful lyrics, was "My Victory" by Crowder.
We are still looking for more contemporary music with really meaningful lyrics. We are very eclectic in our musical tastes, and I can sing hymns all day or praise along with the modern praise songs. I do miss the "meat" in the lyrics of a lot of the modern songs, which seem to be full of a lot of emotion and "milk" for believers. Some worship leaders I've read lately advocate going back to hymns to find this meaning that is missing from a lot of our modern worship. I don't know that going back to hymns, though I love them, will really help us reach a modern generation. In the last few decades, some of my husband's and my favorite artists have been Michael W. Smith, Rich Mullins, and Michael Card, all of whom had rich lyrics along with excellent music. Even Petra and some rap groups like DC Talk and later TobyMac have excelled in this area. I think this is a challenge the rising generation of songwriters needs to meet, but that is a topic for another post!
Meanwhile, if you enjoy modern worship music, I'm sure you will enjoy this album. Comment here or on my Facebook page with your favorite worship artist - modern or not - to enter the drawing to win a FREE copy of this album! The drawing will be held one week from today, on Tuesday, January 26.
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About Salvation's Tide Is Rising:This brand new Passion album contains new studio recordings from best-selling artists Chris Tomlin, Crowder, Matt Redman, and Kristian Stanfill. It features new songs written specifically for Passion 2016. Release Date is January 29, 2016.
Track List:1. Salvation's Tide is Rising - Passion featuring Kristian Stanfill
2. My Victory - Passion featuring Crowder
3. Remember - Passion featuring Brett Younker & Melodie Malone
4. God & God Alone - Passion featuring Chris Tomlin
5. Simple Pursuit - Passion featuring Melodie Malone
6. I Turn to Christ - Passion featuring Matt Redman
7. Your Grace Amazes Me - Passion featuring Christy Nockels
8. All We Sinners - Passion featuring Crowder
9. Surrender - Passion featuring Jimi Cravity
10. Good Good Father - Passion featuring Kristian Stanfill
About Passion albums:Since the first release in 1998, Passion albums have sold over 1.3 million units while introducing the church to worship songs like "Our God", "Holy Is The Lord", "How Great Is Our God", and "God Of This City". Passion is coming off its best charting radio success in 5 years with the single "Even So Come", which went Top 5.
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One more really helpful resource: if you would like to perform these songs in your own church or worship group, you can find the lyrics and chords for most of them, along with hundreds of others, with a free membership in Worship Together at http://www.worshiptogether.com.