STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 127383-19649 LABEL: Jesus Culture Music ELE1814D FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2012-08-27 RRP: £12.99
Reviewed by Elliot Rose
'Emerging Voices' is the new album from the world renowned Jesus Culture, but the worship leaders presented here may not be so famous. Recorded live at the Civic Center in Redding, this 11 track record features four new singer/songwriters, Derek Johnson, Justin Jarvis, Nate Ward and Mary Kat Ehrenzeller, who take turns leading the passionate Californian congregation. First up is Justin, whose engaging melodies and lyrics in "Here We Are" and "Be My Love" outweigh his irritating voice. Although Derek's first number is slightly forgettable, he really does step up his game before belting out "Let It Go" and "You Are My God", and leading four of the 11 tracks he does seem to soak up the limelight on this album. Drawing the short straw is Nate, whose two songs are slightly overshadowed by his colleagues - though his contagious "Where You Are" is arguably the standout track on the disc. For me however, the highlight was the quirkier vocals of Mary Kat, her smooth tone complementing the gentle acoustic guitar in "Who Can Compare". 'Emerging Voices' demonstrates great potential which unfortunately was not unlocked fully for this album.
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This brand new album draws together four new songwriters, partnered together with Jesus Culture for a highly impassioned and anointed release.
Justin Jarvis, Mary-Kat Ehrenzeller, Derek Johnson and Nathan Ward II reside in different areas of America, and each are worship leaders in their home church. Recorded live at BSSM (Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry), all songs on this album are brand new, each artist covering three or four songs on the album.
This album is something very different from Jesus Culture, and has the flavour of four diverse artists unified through the Jesus Culture movement and in God’s love, grace and power.