Johnny Parks Band, James Gregory, Nick Herbert, Martin Cooper - God Of Hope
STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 49573-15153 LABEL: Emerge SURCD5133 FORMAT: CD Mini-album ITEMS: 2 RELEASE DATE: 2008-10-31 RRP: £2.99
Reviewed by Tim Holden
This bargain-priced item showcases four songwriters/worship leaders from around the UK, Scotland's James Gregory, Ireland's Johnny Parks Band and England's Nick Herbert and Martin Cooper. All the songs are guitar-led pop rock and are competently arranged and produced. The exception to this in terms of the guitar-led bit is the haunting "Justice" by the Johnny Parks Band which highlights keyboards and features Claire Hamilton's vocals on a simple prayer for God's justice and mercy to move through us. Also included with this compilation is an 11-track sampler featuring Ben Cantelon, Lex Buckley, Simon Brading, the Psalm Drummers and others.
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There is a constant hunger for fresh new worship songs to resource the church in the UK. This emerge release brings together some of the songwriters and lead worshippers from around the UK who God is raising up, and whose songs are impacting the local church and inspiring people in their worship to God.
Including songs from Nick Herbert (London), 'Say It With This Song' and 'There At The Cross', James Gregory (Edinburgh), 'To The God Above' and 'God Of Hope', Martin Cooper (Eastbourne), 'Hallelujah', and Johnny Parks (Belfast), 'Justice' and 'Amazingly'.