|Christina Falub [Swept Away] | Posted August 20, 2011
Born and raised in Southern California in a Christian home, Christina Falub discovered her talent as a singer at a very young age. Growing up, family and friends witnessed a once little girl transform into a young woman with an extremely big voice. At 18 years of age, Christina Falub delivers a stunning debut that reflects her honest and personal journey of faith. The pure joy of singing about her faith surpasses any personal fame or accolade. “I want people to walk away encouraged and in love with Jesus more and more. He is the only reason why I sing,” explains Christina. Her debut is a beautiful collection of raw, intimate, and thought-provoking songs intended to encourage, refresh, and bring the listener’s full attention back to her very own first love: Jesus. “A huge inspiration to my music is Josh White from the band Telecast,” says Christina. “His words are so profound and cut deep to the core. His songs are so unique and doctrinally sound. It's not so much about the structure of the song but more about the lyrics and how each word glorifies Jesus,” explains Christina.
Released August 9th, 2011, Christina’s full-length debut album Swept Away is truly an impressive debut album and can best be described as a worship experience. “Prelude” is an instrumental track which sets the ethereal tone of the album, very much like Enya and Michelle Tumes. “A Glimpse” is one of the original songs written by Christina, and reflects Biblical yearning to know Jesus with these compelling opening lyrics, “Give me Your heart, I wanna love like You, Love chose the nails, Give me Your eyes, I wanna see the truth, Truth set captives free.” As an eighteen year old independent artist, Christina has impressed me with her mature faith. Being a Christian father of three young daughters, these songs all reflect the yearning for Jesus I pray for my daughters’ to feel in their hearts as well. “Beauty in the Beast” and first single “Love Is the Reversal” are also original songs, and Christina also made a cool music video for “Love Is the Reversal.” With the types of influences in mainstream music teaching our young girls to seek approval from the world and from young men, Christina is a wonderful role model for young Christian girls as she passionately professes in the song, “I choose to trust in You, in all I say and do, I am forever Yours.” Christina clearly loves our Lord and Savior Jesus with all of her heart.
The album includes a few new recordings of some of Christina’s favorite worship songs, starting with her gorgeous cover of Josh White’s worship song, “To Burn In You.” The song is from Josh’s solo album Achor and Christina is most influenced by his soul searching honest songwriting. What’s great is that Christina puts her own musical stamp on the song with an electronic musical arrangement found throughout the album as she belts out the Truth of the song with these prayerful words, “So be the light, the light that shines through, Reflect off me, the love that comes from You.” “Now I Am Free” is another original song, and keeps with the theme of praising Jesus for His sacrifice and it ends with the confessional lyrics, “I’m covered by Your blood, Now I am free.” The song flows seamlessly into “Covered (Selah)” which has Christina passionately praising Jesus, “I’m covered by Your blood.” The song that caught my attention and drew me to this album is Christina’s cover of one of my top worship songs of the year, Hillsong UNITED’s “Like An Avalanche.” I've been singing "The Stand," "From The Inside Out," "Mighty To Save," "Soon" and many other Hillsong classics at my church for many years. From Aftermath the standout song to me is “Like An Avalanche,” which has beautiful female vocals and the song engages me similar to "Lead Me To The Cross." Don’t miss out on Christina’s incredible recording of the song, she passionately captures the prayerful tone and grateful proclamation, “And I find myself here on my knees again, Caught up in grace like an avalanche, Nothing compares to this love, love, love, Burning in my heart.” As if that weren’t impressive enough, Christina then completely captivated me with her cover of Telecast’s “Anchor Of My Soul,” which she lists as her all-time favorite song. Christina closes with another original prayer-song, “Swept Away.” She confesses “I have been swept away by You.” Amen.
The ethereal musical style and Christina’s powerful and gorgeous vocals keep me hanging on every word and all ten songs completely focus me as a listener on joining her in praise, worship and adoration of our King, Jesus. Don’t miss the stand-out songs, “A Glimpse,” “Love Is the Reversal,” “To Burn In You,” “Like An Avalanche” and “Anchor Of My Soul.” Remember her name and get ready to experience the Love of Jesus in these captivating songs. You’ll be hearing more from this up and coming worship artist. Christina recognizes the incredible opportunity in front of her and is determined to make the most of it. She is living the dream the Lord set before her. “I want to make Jesus known and reach out to the lost by offering them hope in Jesus Christ through my music.”
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