Published Friday 5th April 2013
|Meredith Andrews - Worth It All|
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Reviewed by Tony Cummings
Meredith's 2010 album 'As Long As It Takes' was a delight to these old ears with top rate musicianship bringing out all the nuances of her pop-orientated worship songs. This new set though, produced by Paul Mabury, is her best so far. American radio listeners have already embraced the track "Not For A Moment" which was written by Andrews, her husband Jacob Soofer and Mia Fieldes. If there is a more moving worship ballad released so far this year I've not heard it. Andrews leads worship at the Harvest Bible Church in Chicago and the first track here "Open Up The Heavens" sounds like the kind of anthem which would get any congregation on their feet and giving their all to the living God. Other standouts include the reflective "The Gospel Changes Everything" and the upbeat pop closer "Pieces". If you're a little bored with sound-the-same live worship projects then seek out this deftly crafted studio set of heartwarming new worship songs. One critic recently wrote that Meredith is today "esteemed as one of the leading worship leaders ranking high up there with Christy Nockels, Darlene Zschech, Nichole Nordeman and Kim Walker-Smith." I wouldn't argue.
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|"Only Jesus is worthy of it all. My life, my heart, my every breath, my authentic love, my worship. He is everything. He is Worth It All." - Meredith Andrews|
Worth It All is a potent collection of songs that celebrate God's sovereignty and share Andrews' deep and unwavering faith. Listeners have already embraced the lead single Not for a Moment (After All). Penned by Andrews, her husband Jacob Sooter and Mia Fieldes, the gorgeous ballad features a heart- stirring vocal performance. "I always feel like every record, God gives me a song about the fact that He's not going to leave us," Andrews says. "With my first record it was You're Not Alone. On the second record it was Can Anybody Hear Me? and on this one it is Not For A Moment (After All)."
The album includes reminders of God's majesty and grace in songs like Your Kingdom Reigns, a powerful anthem that opens a door to the throne room as Andrews sings, "You are our portion, our promise forever Your Kingdom reigns." "When you get to the bridge, that's my favourite part. It's like that fist pump moment," Andrews says with a smile.