|Passion - Whole Heart|
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Reviewed by Tony Cummings
In the same way that Spring Harvest was, in the '60s and '70s, THE showcase for all that was good and relevant in Britain's burgeoning modern worship movement, today Passion with its unerring ability to engage the spiritual hungry of heart generation of students has become America's most significant worship event. And in the same way that Graham Kendrick was once the most significant Spring Harvest worship leader and songwriter before moving on to pastures new, it now seems that Chris Tomlin, once Passion's most high-profile worshipper, has pulled back from his involvement with the event. On this album for the 2018 Passion event, there is no sign of the talented Mr Tomlin, but it is now Kristian Stanfill who, with the help of fellow worshippers Brett Younker and Melodie Malone, have taken up the role of Passion's head worshippers (and are now even identified as the Passion group). Mr Tomlin may no longer be in earshot but there are other talented Passion regulars making good contributions here. "Ghost" is well up to Crowder's high standards with some delicious ragtime-style piano, slide guitar and what sounds like a gospel choir, and Matt Redman's version of "Great Are You Lord" is tenderly endearing. Stanfill and Malone's "God, You're So Good" is an effective re-working of the oldie "God Is So Good", while Sean Curran is powerfully emotive on "Almighty God". Possibly best of all is the closer "All My Hope" where Crowder is joined by CCM star and vocal powerhouse Tauren Wells. All in all, a tangible demonstration that the modern worship train is showing no signs of running out of steam. Neither, for that matter, is Passion who are still bringing exceptional material to the international Church.
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|Recorded live at Passion Conference 2018 in front of 30,000 college students, the brand new live album from Passion 'Whole Heart' is filled with songs written specifically for Passion 2018.|
This album features best-selling artists Crowder, Matt Redman, and Kristian Stanfill. Since the first release in 1998, Passion albums have sold over 1.9 Million units while introducing the church to worship songs like Our God, Holy Is The Lord, How Great Is Our God, and God Of This City. Passion 2018 was held simultaneously at three separate venues, across the USA between the 1st and 3rd January 2018.
The Passion Movement and the messages of founder Louie Giglio have marked the lives of millions of people around the globe, calling people everywhere to live for the glory of God. From its inception, the movement of Passion has birthed new anthems of worship, influencing countless churches and helping to define the current worship climate and establish artists Chris Tomlin, Crowder, Matt Redman, Christy Nockels, Kristian Stanfill and others. Louie Giglio is the pastor and founder of Passion City Church in Atlanta, GA.
Whole Heart - Kristian Stanfill
Almighty God - Sean Curran
God, You’re So Good - Kristian Stanfill & Melody Malone
Reckless Love - Melody Malone
Heaven - Sean Curran
More Like Jesus - Kristian Stanfill
Hallelujah, Our God Reigns - Brett Younker
Ghost - Crowder
Ever Almighty - Melody Malone
Great Are You Lord - Matt Redman
All My Hope - Crowder & Tauren Wells