Covenant Award winning worship artist Greg Sykes releases Reverse, his solo debut with Integrity Music, to a global audience on March 10. The 5-song EP is a very personal project for Sykes, with songs reflecting his journey and the faithfulness of God all along the way. Raised in a broken home, Sykes has struggled with fear and insecurity since childhood. Not an easy battle for a worship leader who finds himself sharing songs and stories with people he doesn’t know almost every weekend. But he has seen God move in miraculous ways, providing grace for every moment, redemption for his own marriage and even healing for his voice, which he once thought to be lost forever.
“With God, nothing is beyond repair, no situation is hopeless,” says Sykes. “Often, the things that look like the end for us are the very places God begins to redeem or show His strength and presence in our lives... He is always with us in our story, so there’s always hope.”
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A Picture of the Character of God| Posted March 10, 2017
Greg Sykes, a new Integrity Music signee, is presenting a picture of the character of God with his Reverse EP.
"Just the Beginning" speaks of God's redeeming love. On the surface, this song celebrates with a new believer. But it can also easily apply to the veteran Christian, weary and worn, as an encouragement that God is still in the business of restoring broken people to Himself. "This is just, just the beginning / this is love / this is the journey / so keep running, keep running. / It's a brand new day / reach out and grab it / you've been raised up from the ashes / this is the start of the rest of your life."
The title track is based on Luke 13:30 which says, "This is the Great Reversal: the last in line put at the head of the line, and the so-called first ending up last." Its uplifting sound and lyrics are perfect for radio, and I can only hope that it will reach a wide audience.
While the rest of the three songs are all strong, "All I Need to Know" is personal. Sykes recently shared with his Facebook fans, "I have struggled with insecurity and fear my whole life. But now, I'm learning to stand tall, confident and courageous because I know what God thinks of me. This is my testimony in a song."
As Aristotle said, "The whole is greater than the sum of its parts." Each song will stand on its own as a deep encouragement to someone. But together, the Reverse EP cuts to the core. God's timing is perfect. How else could release dates sync up so seamlessly with current life circumstances and lessons? Reverse EP moved me. In a time with many competing voices, these five songs reinforced God's character to me. God can be trusted. He does want good for us, and nothing is beyond hope.
The Bottom Line: Greg Sykes' Reverse EP serves as a reminder that you can face today with confidence, knowing you are always loved by God.
Song to Download Now:
"Reverse" (Get it on iTunes here.)