New Wine - Wildfire: Live Worship From New Wine 2015
STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 156365-23293 LABEL: Integrity Music 0000768645420 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2015-07-24 RRP: £13.00
Reviewed by Brendan O'Regan
As most Cross Rhythms readers will know, the annual New Wine event held at Shepton Mallet has been a key source of bringing new worship material to the attention of the broader worshipping Church. While this year's live album may not have a totally standout song, there is plenty of variety in theme and style on offer here. Producers Trevor Michael and Willie Weeks have caught the proceedings well while the worship leaders and songwriters all show considerable skill. I particularly liked the variety of imagery used for God - on the opening track, featuring Sam Bailey, God is conveyed as our "Lifeline" and then later as a "Wildfire". Bailey sings, "Like wildfire God above/How we need you now." Best of all, God is "Good, Good, Father" on the final song (featuring Chris Sayburn). There's also an excellent musical creed, but my favourite track is the beautifully encouraging "Come To The Waters" (featuring Lauren Harris), well enhanced by some fine piano accompaniment.
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Wildfire is the follow up to New Wine Worship’s hit UK album Spirit Fall. Recorded live at New Wine Worship Conferences across the UK in Spring 2015, the album will launch at the New Wine ‘United’ Summer Conferences in July this year where over 25,000 people from across the nation gather to worship together. The album features a mixture of original songs from the New Wine Worship team (Chris Lawson Jones, Chris Sayburn, Susie Woodbridge and Lauren Harris) and newcomers Sam Bailey and Karen Gillespee plus some great anthems from adopted by the movement.