Dove Awards Nominee for Worship Song of the Year and Praise & Worship Album of the Year, Meredith Andrews, is back with a new Word Worship project produced by Jason Ingram. Andrews, a worship leader at Chicago’s Harvest Bible Chapel, says of the album, “My hope is that in these songs they’ll see the love of God more; maybe these songs will challenge them in their walk with the Lord and in turn, they’ll just run after him. That’s my hope.”
“I never felt like I could write corporate worship songs, but that’s what I always wanted to do because I am a worship leader,” Andrews states. “So I just started asking the Lord for songs and I was like, ‘God I don’t just want songs to fill a record. I want to hear from heaven. I want to write your heart’ and I was just overwhelmed with the way the Lord answered and the songs that are on this record. This album, I feel, is the most authentic to who I am. I can’t believe the songs that we have and the way that God met us at every turn and the moments that we captured on this record.”
Worth it All is a potent collection of songs that celebrate God’s sovereignty and share Andrews’ deep and unwavering faith. Listeners have already embraced the lead single Not for a Moment. Penned by Andrews, her husband Jacob Sooter and Mia Fieldes, the gorgeous ballad features a heart-stirring vocal performance. “I always feel like every record, God gives me a song about the fact that he’s not going to leave us,” Andrews says. “With my first record it was You’re Not Alone. On the second record it was Can Anybody Hear Me? and on this one it is Not For A Moment.”
Mereith cites The Gospel Changes Everything as her favorite song on the record. “It was a beautiful spring day and Benji Cowart, Paul Mabry and I and sat outside of Paul’s house just chillin’ in his backyard,” Andrew recalls. “We started telling stories about how we had seen just the purity of the gospel, the truth of the gospel transform people’s lives. Paul was telling the story about how this guy came up to him and said, ‘There’s something different about you’ and Paul was like, ‘It’s Jesus. That’s what it is. That’s the difference.’ The guy showed up in church and gave his life to the Lord. We were just telling story after story. The truth and the beauty of the gospel is enough. It doesn’t need any additions or subtractions. It just needs to be told as it is. The gospel changes everything. It is the turning point in history. Even now it’s changing me from who I was. When I sing it, I cry because it’s the simple truth and that’s all you need. It changes you forever. So that’s my favorite song.”
This is a studio project (not a live worship recording) but there are plenty of songs that will translate well into a corporate worship setting. Some of my favorites from the album are:
- Open Up The Heavens – a great call to worship that will be effective in just about any environment and age range.
- Worth It All- the title track on this project is a great song of commitment and dedication and work very well in intentionally crafted response moments or even just reflective worship sets.
- All I Ask -a piano-driven song that will translate well to guitar-led as well.
- Your Kingdom Reigns – A powerful worship ballad that builds to soaring, sing-a-longable heights! This is one I’ll definitely be working into my repertoire soon.
Thanks to the folks at Word Worship for passing along this project to The Worship Community.
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