The title to contemporary worship artist Denny Rockey’s debut solo CD My Anthem is especially fitting considering all the tracks contained therein possess an instantly infectious quality, yet are just as uplifting as they are awe-inspiring. It may sound like a lofty description for a singer/songwriter who’s yet to become a household name, but this fresh face also has a reputable resume as a member of Chicago’s regarded pop/rock/praise band Final Quest.
Along with that act, Rockey’s regularly toured the Midwest region opening for the likes of Jars of Clay, Sarah Kelly, Building 429, Greg Long, Sonicflood, All Star United and countless others spanning a series of genres. No wonder why his My Anthem is so incredibly diverse, wrapped around a common thread of vertical reflections that split their time between congregational appeal and personal prayer time.
“Outside of Final Quest and my solo work, I’ve been on the worship team at church and involved in youth ministry, which are also major parts of my life,” the tunesmith contends, citing an audience of all ages. “I find myself mostly to be listening to worship music these days, so I guess some of my current influences would be Chris Tomlin, Lincoln Brewster Rush of Fools and Casting Crowns, to name a few.”
Indeed the tunes throughout My Anthem fit within that upper echelon of praise leaders, not just because of Rockey’s sophisticated songwriting, but also an ultra-versatile voice that can be soft spoken and spine chilling one minute or fill a stadium the next. He also teams up with frequent Final Quest collaborator Chuck Giacinto as producer, who also lends an aggressive edge given his lengthy list of melodic rock credits (including secular stalwarts Kevin Chalfant & The Storm and Two Fires). There’s even an appearance by multiple Dove Award winner Rex Carroll (of Whitecross fame), who adds his axe-slinging skills on a cover of Desperation Band’s “Until My Breath Runs Dry.”
“I wanted to make a worship album that not only would bring glory to God, but would also be honest and vulnerable enough so that people could relate to the struggles we all face and that as we worship him in the midst is when we find restoration,” Rockey adds of the project’s overall theme. “My hope is that I get the opportunity to not only play churches and coffee houses, but that I could be involved with leading worship at youth events and conferences. As I place this all in God’s hands I am truly excited about what is to come.”