Starlight is the first album by the Bethel Music collective recorded live on tour, and follow-up to You Make Me Brave (2014). The album features 14 songs led by Bethel Music worship leaders: Jenn Johnson, Steffany Gretzinger, Amanda Cook, Kristene DiMarco, Kalley Heiligenthal, Melissa Helser, Hannah McClure, and Grammy-award winning guest worship leader, Francesca Battistelli.
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Stellar Worship Offering| Posted April 04, 2017
"You are a miracle-working God" sings the gorgeous bridge of "You Came (Lazarus)," led by Amanda Cook. It is just one of the standout songs on Starlight by Bethel Music, available everywhere April 7.
This compilation is unique from the Redding, California based Bethel Church in that it is comprised of songs led by female worship leaders and recorded at Bethel Worship Nights last fall. The voices featured include Jenn Johnson, Amanda Cook, Steffany Gretzinger, Kalley Heiligenthal, Melissa Helser, Kristene DiMarco, Hannah McClure and Francesca Battistelli.
"Starlight" led by Amanda Cook is truly an anointed and inspiring song, filled with biblical language. The song expresses the heart cry and hope of the believer: "You come in close, oh, even as I wait, You come in close." "You Came (Lazarus)" is also led by Amanda Cook and reflects her Biblical yearning to know Jesus with these compelling lyrics, "You came, I knew that You would come / You sang, my heart it woke up / I'm not afraid, I see Your face, I am alive."
Francesca Battistelli leads a new worship song "There's No Other Name" and the Bethel classic "God I Look to You." Both songs are powerful worship anthems. You'll be worshipping our King Jesus right along with Francesca as she sings the bridge: "every knee will bow, every tongue confess, the Name of Jesus."
"Extravagant" and "King of My Heart" are beautiful songs led by Steffany Gretzinger, with "Extravagant" also featuring Amanda Cook. These women all clearly love our Lord and Savior Jesus with all of their hearts, a fact that they are excited to sing about in every song. Those songs and their dependence on God to be the King of our hearts have perfectly poetic biblical descriptions of God, filled with truths that are piercingly difficult to believe all of the time.
In the bridge of "Take Courage," Kristene DiMarco proclaims "You who hold the stars, who call them each by name, will surely keep Your promise to me, that I will rise in Your victory." The theme of Jesus being found in the waiting and reigning as the King of our hearts weaves its way through many of these compelling songs.
The Bottom Line: Starlight is best described as a stellar worship offering with an empowering theme of the Lord's Kingship reigning in our hearts in song after song. The standout songs each feature an engaging and emotive musical style while phrasing biblical truth in a creative, corporate and also personal way, making it my top worship album of the year.
Every song completely focuses me as a listener on joining in praise, worship and adoration of our beautiful King Jesus, with the reminder "You're never gonna let me down," which is in essence the thesis statement of this album. These stellar songs are excellent reminders to cling to our miracle-working God.
Song to Download Now:
"King of My Heart" (Get it on iTunes here.)