Review: Better Than Life by Brandon Gilliam


Thanks to Dennis Arriaga for providing this review for The Worship Community.

Brandon Gilliam will be releasing a full-length album early fall 2011. A Love Better Than Life is a 3 song EP that will give listeners a great taste of what’s to come. Brandon is the director of worship at Rivers Crossing Community Church in Kings Hill, Ohio.

Dennis Arriaga | | @dennarr

Brandon Gilliam’s EP, A Love Better Than Life, is a great find! Mixing great arrangements, memorable melody lines, and solid lyrics, this 3-song EP is a great one for personal listening and for a worship leader’s set list.

I really liked all three songs, but tracks one and two seemed to stay in my mind:

  • All Praises Rise. This track has some strong and declarative lyrics – which is a must for me. Couple that with the great arrangement and a truly memorable melody line and this one will stay with you for sure. I think it would be a relatively easy one for a congregation to learn and have come to mind as they drove home from church (and probably during the week!)
  • Glory to the Lord. Again, lyrics and tune are great – another memorable one for a congregation. I love the repeating declarative phrase – “May the glory of the Lord endure forever”. I think we can trap ourselves into thinking a repeated phrase in worship seems like we are droning on, but when you think about what our reaction and response to seeing God will be, I think we will be at a loss for words and simply repeat phrases like, “May the glory of the Lord endure forever.”

A Love Better Than Life is on iTunes – after you finish this review, BUY IT!

Dennis works at an nonprofit research institute and is the worship leader at East Valley Church in San Jose, CA.

More Brandon Gilliam: | facebook | @brandongilliam | iTunes

is the Associate Director of Worship & Media at St. Simons Community Church, where he mentors, oversees and helps lead Family and Student worship environments. He is also the content curator and editor here at The Worship Community and at

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