Time for another music review & giveaway!
I was incredibly excited to have the opportunity to listen to and review "I Love Your Presence" by Vineyard Worship.
When we first moved from TN to IL five and a half years ago, one of our first hard tasks and a top priority was finding a church. The first church we officially called home for about a year (after many that didn't "fit")was The Vineyard-Urbana. Our first couple of times attending, we didn't realize that "Vineyard" wasn't just the name of the church, that it is multi-locations worldwide. Though we eventually made the decision to attend our current church (after moving to another area of town and looking for something more conveniently located), something that has ALWAYS stuck with us is the POWER of WORSHIP we experienced during our year there. Worship was NEVER just about singing songs! It was something you felt and shared from every cell of your body, heart, and soul.
Knowing how much we loved Vineyard Worship, the chance to review this album immediately excited me.
In short: it didn't disappoint. The Vineyard's core worship values are intimacy, accessibility, and authenticity. This compilation CD absolutely embodies those values. The founder's feelings about worship leaders is that they should be ministers FIRST and musicians second. It shows in the feeling with which the music is offered!
My husband and I were talking about this particular CD. What we truly loved is the variety of the songs. Sometimes when you put in a CD, you can somewhat start to tune out what is really being sung about because the songs start to blend together because the style is so similar on the entire project. Many groups have their own distinctive sound. What we loved about this project is that each worship leader has a different style. Some were very traditional, some contemporary, some had a folk type feeling. At different points we thought of very different artists: Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Third Day, etc... There are songs that can appeal to everyone. The great thing is that the variety ends up "grabbing" your attention with each song since they don't just blend together.
The other thing we talked about was that it was a TRUE worship album. The songs flow from hands raised songs of praise, to quiet ones that cause introspection....all bringing the focus on the one that we sing about and bring us closer "Into His Presence." THAT is the reason we worship.
My husband and I both enjoyed this CD immensely...so much that it has already been loaded onto my iPod---the one that he ends up "hi-jacking" and running off with! I'm sure in the coming days, someone will hear me asking where MY iPod is! :)
About "I Love Your Presence':
I LOVE YOUR PRESENCE was recorded live at the Burn Bright: Worship and The Kingdom Of God conference, hosted by Vineyard Worship. Several hundred worship leaders and worshippers gathered in the Arizona desert to explore the nature of God’s kingdom through music and teaching with some of the Vineyard’s most gifted communicators and musicians. This inspiring collection of songs recorded live at the The Vineyard Church North Phoenix will immerse listeners in the powerful worship that was the highlight of the event. I LOVE YOUR PRESENCE reminds us to not just think of worship as singing songs, but also laying down our lives for Him.
What I personally love about Vineyard Worship is that they are a Non-Profit worship ministry!
For more information about this album or to order:
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