Fike's 2012 Integrity label debut, The Moment We’ve Been Waiting For, features 13 tracks and was produced by Brent Milligan (Steven Curtis Chapman/Seventh Day Slumber/The Elms) and Paul Mabury (Hillsong/Brandon Heath/One Sonic Society). The project includes the radio single, "Wait."
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It's FIKE's Moment| Posted April 16, 2012 Husband and wife worship duo Fike make their major label debut with The Moment We’ve Been Waiting For. Serving the past 10 years at Vanguard Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, as worship leaders, Richie and Dana Fike bring a variety of musical styles to the table, appealing to churches and Christian radio alike.
Starting things off with title track, "The Moment We’ve Been Waiting For," Dana Fike sings about the day Jesus returns: "The morning lights, oh my soul, sing your song of praise to Him, He’s brought about the death of night, oh my soul, sing your song of praise to Him." The song begins with just piano, and a guitar strum and as the song progresses, the rest of the band joins in with increasing energy. The song culminates with the lyric, "All of creation will shout, this is the moment we’ve been waiting for!"
Radio single, "Wait" has a catchy pop sound, appealing to the adult contemporary audience. Richie Fike sings the first line: "It never goes like I thought it should and that’s a real nice thing 'cuz the Lord is good, so I believe that the lesson of breaks is wait, wait a little longer," reminding us that sometimes God’s answer to our prayer is "wait," and that’s OK.
Several songs on the album are more reflective, with just guitar and vocals, adding variety for the listener. "Song of Sacrifice" has some really pretty harmonies that are reminiscent of something you would find on a Shane and Shane record. This may actually be my favorite song on the album .
"Behold Our God" changes things up a bit with more of a high-energy rock vibe. Electric guitars and drum beats ring out as Richie sings, "Higher than the highest peak, wider than the ocean deep, mighty in His majesty, behold our God."
The album ends with "That’s Why I Praise," which has more of a bluesy, soulful vibe containing a back-up gospel choir, guitars, and organ. Remembering the times when God has been faithful to him throughout his life, Richie sings: "That’s why I praise, that’s why I worship with all of my heart, You’ve been so good to me, that’s why I wanna be poured as an offering, giving You all that I’ve got."
Closing Thoughts: Fike adds a diversity to worship albums already out there, but I’m honestly not sure I see many of these songs being sung during a church service. They may be too complicated vocally for the average congregation. However, I can definitely foresee this style of worship song doing very well on Christian radio. Containing alternating lead vocals and a variety of musical styles, tempos, and instruments, The Moment We’ve Been Waiting For is a good addition amid the plethora of worship albums already out there.