[Review] Relentless: A Worship Project
I love this project. From the get go the heart and purpose of this album is to serve others. Six young college songwriters got together and decided to record an album with the proceeds going to raise funds for the Wesley Foundation at Valdosta State University. I love that the aim of this recording is to promote a vibrant ministry and not the individuals who wrote and recorded the songs.
From their Facebook Fan Page: Their journey began with six very different musicians discussing what it would be like to collaborate with each other’s ideas, talents, and personalities to produce a CD. Nearly a year later, after a lot of time and hard work, their efforts have come to fruition in what they have titled “Relentless: A Worship Project.” With varying sounds and subject matter, the CD promises to be relevant to just about any music lover who has a passion for the Lord and for his people.
As a worship leader myself, one of the first things I want to know about a recording is the circumstances surrounding the genesis of the project itself. What purpose does it serve? For me, I connected instantly with the heart of this project.
Ranging from youth pastors to worship leaders, these young songwriters capture a wide range of style and emotion with their offerings on this album. From straight forward modern worship to a more heavier rock to an almost folk infused singer-songwriter style, the songs on this album are different enough to reflect the diversity of the writers, but not so much that they create chaos.
2 contributions each from Andy Unger, Lindsey Radcliff, Josh McLemore, John Fuller, Mike Browning and Austin Crockett make this a solid 12 song project.
For me, it is the perfect blend. A great collective effort.
Worship Repertoire Friendliness
One of the other things I look for is singability and “hook” in songs that I might add to a worship music repertoire. Some of the songs on this album might not work in a congregational setting, but some of them will.
The opening track We Sing by Andy Unger will definitely make it’s way into worship setlists. It’s an upbeat singable, catchy modern styled worship song reminiscent of David Crowder and Chris Tomlin.
Two standouts on this album for me are Lindsey Radcliffe’s Well Done and Josh McLemore’s When I Fall. Both reflective and introspective songs that would work great in moments of challenge and response.
Songs that I would use in a group worship setting:
- We Sing
- For Your Glory
- When I Fall
- Well Done
- I Am After You
Depending on the flavor of your worship environment you might use others as well. Each song on the album is strong and well-written. Some of my personal favorites outside of congregational worship are the heavy rock styled Chasm by John Fuller and the pop-folk-punk styled Words by Mike Browning. The album is great start to finish.
For a “small” project (recorded in the home studio of Mike Browning), the sound of this project is top notch. The production is just enough to polish this into a gem, but not so much to overshadow the raw, real grit of the songwriters and their voices. I’m a big fan of real.
As a worship leader who loves the heart and soul of this project and one who is a huge proponent of collaborations I wholeheartedly recommend Relentless: A Worship Project. The fact that it’s pseudo-local and that it’s a group of college kids who got together and recorded an album for a good cause makes it that much more appealing to me.
Find Relentless: A Worship Project at these places. 2 Songs are available for Free Download at the website.