STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 164689-25449 LABEL: Integrity Music 0000768689899 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2017-04-14 RRP: £12.99
Reviewed by Lins Honeyman
Covenant Worship are a group of worship leaders hailing from Covenant Church in Dallas and their latest live recording sees them pull their collective resources along with a very accomplished band to offer up a collection of new worship songs that mainly focus on the singer's desire to experience God. The atmospheric opener "Gate Of Heaven" puts the theme of longing for God in motion before the likes of "All Things" and the pounding "Song Of My Heart" - both featuring Nicole Binion on vocals - continue in the same vein. Anthemic numbers such as the Joshua Dufrene-led "Love Has Overcome" and "Highest Praise" temporarily transfer the focus of attention away from the believer and onto God before the stripped-back "Persuaded" - arguably the album's highlight - sees lead singers Colin Edge and Gracie Binion once again tell of God's love for his children. There are some musically innovative touches on this release that allow it to stand out at least in part from other live worship recordings on the market but, near the end, the likes of the title track and "All Honour" concludes matters in bog standard fashion by employing the plodding Hillsong-like style of delivery that seems to dominate much of the worship scene at the moment.
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Sand & Stars is the latest offering from the Dallas based Covenant Worship team. Unconventionally recorded outdoors at Camp Freedom Lodge, a Covenant Church retreat, Sand & Stars shows a more organic and reflective sound than previous albums. The project is based on the promise God made to Abraham in Genesis 22:17 blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore. Created to encourage worshipers in prayer and contemplation, and & Stars reflects this scriptural covenant and Gods love for his people.
The Covenant Worship team, known for songs Risen, Cant Stop Singing and Kingdom Come, is led by David and Nicole Binion and Josh Dufrene. The team serves Covenants five campuses in the Dallas area and another 40 Covenant-affiliated churches.
Covenant Worship is the dynamic music ministry of Covenant Church, a multi-campus, non-denominational congregation based in the Dallas, Texas area. The team is led by senior worship pastors and husband/wife David and Nicole Binion.
1. Gate Of Heaven (Live)
2. All Things (Live)
3. Back To The Father (Live)
4. Song Of My Heart (Live)
5. Love Has Overcome (Live)
6. Highest Praise (Live)
7. Persuaded (Live)
8. Sand and Stars (Live)
9. All Honor (Live)
10. Doxology (Live)