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Hope's Anthem [edit]
by William Matthews | Genre: Praise & Worship | Release Date: July 26, 2011

Bethel Music's singer/songwriter William Matthews releases his debut, full-length recording Hope's Anthem July 26th, 2011 on Kingsway. Most recently featured as a lead vocalist on Bethel Live's acclaimed recording Be Lifted High, and having been a highlighted background vocalist for Brian and Jenn Johnson, Kim Walker, Chris Quilala, Jake Hamilton, Jeremy Riddle, Suzy Wills Yaraei, Matt Gilman and many others, Matthews steps out on his own with Hope's Anthem, a declaration of God's Hope and redemptive Love for humanity.
The album draws from Matthews' musical background, and is a joyful expression of worship that blends R&B, soul, pop and even a little country, all written by Matthews and the Bethel Music team.

Track Listing
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01. Deep Cries Out
02. This One Thing
03. We Believe
04. Hope's Anthem
05. So Good To Me
06. The Lord Is My Shepherd
07. I'm Free
08. Bridge Over Troubled Waters
09. My Great Reward
10. I Just Want You More

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KellyS (37)

A Delightful, Soulful Surprise | Posted August 15, 2011
Since a young age, William Matthews has had a passion for leading people into God’s presence through song. Over the past couple of years, he has seen this passion come to fruition by becoming a worship leader at Bethel Church in Redding, Calif. In addition, Matthews just released his first album, Hope’s Anthem, and as a result, he says, “Not only do we get to minister locally to our church here in Redding, but we get to impact nations with the good news of the kingdom.”
The first song on the album, “I’m Free,” starts things off with high energy and immediately grabs the listener’s attention. The song has a real bluegrass flavor by including banjos and piano, as well as foot-stomping and hand-clapping to keep the beat. The Southern feel combined with pop vocals is unexpected, but works well together. This is probably one of my favorite tracks on the album.
Both “I Just Want You More” and “This One Thing” calm things down a bit and serve to lead the Church in calling for God’s presence. The lyrics are extremely worshipful and easily promote quiet reflection on the need for God in our lives. In “This One Thing,” Matthews sings, “All I want is just your heart, yes I am living just to see your glory.” Whether used for the church during a worship service or in your own personal quiet time, these lyrics come from the heart.
“We Believe” could easily be an anthem for the church. By declaring “We believe” in what God has promised in His word, the Church can stand on the truth together as one body. This song, like all others on this album, are easy to understand and sing along to, making them accessible to churches and their congregations. I could definitely see churches, from a variety of backgrounds, taking a hold of these songs and making them their own.
Matthews praises God for his personal faithfulness in “So Good To Me,” and brings the energy back with a gospel and soulful sound. This song gets ya movin’ and anyone with a head to bob can’t help but sing along. 
“He put a new song in my mouth and a crown upon my head, He gave me life forevermore,” proclaims Matthews. The lyrics in this song and “The Lord Is My Shepherd,” which quotes Psalm 23, are straight from scripture and contain truth of why God should be praised. With electric guitar, keyboard, and background vocals, Matthews could easily be featured on Mary Mary’s next album. Now that would get ya movin’!
“My Great Reward” and “Deep Cries Out“ really exhibit Matthew’s genuine passion for God and desire to lead the Church in praise. Listeners can sense Matthew’s heart for God while he sings, “Jesus you are my great reward, you are the prize worth living for.” His call for a deeper relationship with God is evident and infectious.
The album’s title track, “Hope’s Anthem,” aids in not only recalling God’s promises to us, but declaring our promises to Him. “I am steadfast, I will not be moved, I’m anchored, never shaken, all my hope is in you.” This song and the final track, “Bridge Over Troubled Waters,” leave the listener with hope, knowing God will do what He says and we can live with confidence and joy knowing this truth.
Closing Thoughts
“Hope’s Anthem” is a fitting title for this album, since each song is filled with hope and speaks God’s truth over His people, while praising Him for what He’s done and will do. Every lyric reminds us of God’s promises and helps us declare our praise for Him through song. While this album doesn’t necessarily bring anything new to the table lyrically, it’s clear Matthews has a heart for the Church and speaking truth into their lives. The sound on this album is more unique and soulful than your average worship CD, which is a definite plus.

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Great Debut | Posted November 07, 2011
Although this is William Matthew's debut album, it is not the first I have heard of him. As a regular on iBethel.tv (Bethel Church's service streaming) and a worship leader on their most recent album "Be Lifted High" he has already gained numerous fans through his great worship leading. As one of those fans I was looking forward to this album and it hasn't disapointed.

The album is a vast array of genres and does not fit into the normal cookie-cutter worship albums that are prevalent these days. Although I am not a fan of the country/bluegrass/blues aspects of the album, I understand that many people, especially in America, will enjoy these parts of the album and the rest of the album is brilliant.

My favourites have to be This One Thing and I Just Want You More because they are fabulous songs of worship that I just get lost in worship.

Hopefully this is the start of a great worship leader, who is prepared to be different and passionate about worshipping God.

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whl57 (8)

A Full Salad Bowl of Worship | Posted July 28, 2011
As one of the other reviewers noted, this album sounds like a tossed salad because he bounces between so many different genres of music and styles.  His voice is rich and strong and quite expressive in worship, with a deep, infectuous yearning for God's presence and power. 
We use "So Good to Me" in our worship services and even life groups and it has ministered to us as well as raised our level of joy and praise of God.
I'll be listening to more from William Matthews and the good people at Bethel Church.

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This album is ike tossed salad. | Posted July 27, 2011
 Well, this album is interesting.  It's got a little bit of every style/genre.  My eyes popped open when the ho-down started... don't get me wrong, I LIKED it, I was just surprised..  A little contemporary, a little soul, worship & praise. My favorites were the the more 'worship' songs where the uniqueness of his voice shined.  My favorite is "Lord, I want You More' perhaps because it's my hearts cry as well.  I enjoyed this album and I think what ever style of music you listen to, this is an album you can enjoy.

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justink (115)

Fantastic Worship Album | Posted July 12, 2011
I am a huge fan of Bethel Church... William Matthews debut Cd is one of the best worship debuts that I have heard in a long time. The songs are absolutely fantastic. They are good to listen to in the car but then if you're a worship leader (like myself) there are so many fantastic songs to bring to your congregation. The music bridges all musical gaps - from pop/rock to soul to folk/indie- it's a really good mix of tunes. The album kicks off with Deep Cries out to Deep- a higher energy song that is super fun to sing along with. It has a catchy hook and is really quite infectious. This one Thing and I just want you more are 2 fantastic songs that we use in our church now- because they are just a cry of our hearts: more of God's presence. I'm free is where the bluegrass influence kicks in and it's a welcome "different" song that surprised me. So Good to me is another great soul/pop song that's got a crazy cool message. Pick up the CD- it's fantastic. 

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