Laura Hackett Park’s latest project, Love Will Have Its Day released in October 2014.
One of the first things I notice when listening through this record is the quality of production. What feels and sounds less like a typical modern worship is a testament to the love and creative care taken by those involved in this project to deliver a beautiful offering of artful musical worship.
From the get go I felt as if I were listening to a Gungor album, sung by Kari Jobe, with lyrics written by Misty Edwards. This is A GOOD THING! Fans of IHOPKC will recognize the influence of the IHOPKC culture throughout the album. Their is a certain “style” that comes out of this Kansas City-based prayer and worship ministry and its hard to miss. What I love about Laura’s project is the depth of emotion that seeps through the lyrics and music. You can tell that it is a very personal offering.
Married during a private ceremony for family and friends in Kansas City, MO, home to IHOPKC, the songs from Laura’s Love Will Have Its Day are quite personal, born of the events of people in Laura’s life. “Got Something Going On” was written for her new husband as a testimony to their collective perseverance, while “Beautiful Heart” was written for a singer friend who had a vocal injury and “Lift Up Your Head” was inspired by a friend suffering from chronic pain. Drawing the title of the album from “Lift Up Your Head,” Laura sings, “Breathe, darling, breathe. It’s not yet time for you to leave. Love will have its day. Lift up your head. Turn your face to the rising sun while you wait, while you wait for redemption to come.”
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Although, depending on who you ask, many of the songs might not work for corporate worship times, there are several songs that stand out that could be adapted for congregational singing.
I Feel His Love has a great message of the love of God for us. It’s stronger than depression and fear.
Brilliant Light is a song that feels like a prayer. “I want to be filled with brilliant light today…it’s the knowledge of You.” This is a hopeful song that revolves around the joy and peace that cones from the Lord.
Cover Me feels more like a “mainstream” worship ballad. This isn’t a bad thing. Laura dials the instrumentation back to piano and strings and provides a very nice variety to the sonically busy arrangements that are prevalent throughout the album. It’s a nice diversion. You can hear the sweetness and purity in her vocals, set above a beautifully arranged piano and string section.
Laura has a very youthful, exuberant style which will resonate with folks who are into more pop-infused stylings. However, don’t dismiss this album if you’re not a fan of more modern stylings. Her lyrics are sound and Biblical and the message is VERY uplifting and challenging at the same time.
What Others Are Saying:
“Every Song will have you hanging on each word that Laura tenderly sings. Her vocals will soothe your soul, and the vertical lyrics will direct your attention to our King, Jesus. This is a completely worshipful album…The eternal Love of Jesus is beautifully expressed in these compelling songs that seep into your heart, soul and mind. This album soothes, moves and challenges listeners. Love Will Have Its Day is a profound listening experience.”
– New Release Tuesday (5/5 stars)
“Love Will Have Its Day, Laura Hackett Park’s second full-length album with Forerunner Music, explores a broad range of music for personal reflection and worship…Hackett, aided by producers Brown Bannister and Ben Shive, is clearly unafraid to branch into new musical directions…”
– Worship Leader Magazine
“Most of all, what is most winsome about Love Will Have Its Day is Park’s ability to get into the issues of life, be it anger, human trafficking, chronic illness and so forth, and laying them down at the foot of the Cross. And this is what a worship album besotted by the Cross of Jesus Christ ought to be like.”
“This is a really enjoyable album—I really think this could be one of the albums of the year. Great songs, interesting music, and great lyrics that tell stories that are a pleasure to listen to. On top of all that, a vocalist who has such quality that if she sang a menu, I think I would still enjoy listening to it! This is a top top album from a top top artist.”
– Louder Than The Music (5/5 stars)
About Laura Hackett Park
Growing up in the house of prayer, Laura was surrounded by music. Songwriting came naturally for her, and she wrote her first song at the age of eight. She later attended the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City to develop her songwriting skills and graduated with a degree in music theory. Laura now teaches voice classes at the Forerunner Music Academy, which is part of International House of Prayer University, and continues to lead worship at IHOPKC’s 24-hour prayer room each week, which is streamed LIVE to over 175,000 people a month. Her motivation for music and songwriting comes from a desire to draw people back to God. Laura’s songs and vocals have been featured on many different albums in the IHOPKC community. Her first full-length solo album released in the fall of 2009, followed by her single “I Put On Christ (The Battle Is Raging),” which gained recognition through the International House of Prayer’s Onething young adult conferences. Visit Laura’s website at www.laurahackett.com.
Russ Hutto 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.