|Laid Back Honesty | Posted September 09, 2012
Hailing all the way from Texas, Kari Jobe became a Christian at the young age of 5, and began singing at the even younger age of 3. Growing up in the church, she was no stranger to worship music. Currently, she works alongside her father serving as the worship pastor at Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas.
Her passion for praise landed her two Dove Awards for her first album, Kari Jobe, and now she's back with The Acoustic Sessions EP, a compilation of songs from her most recent offering, Where I Find You.
Opening triumphant track "We Are" sets off an honest and real vibe. Throughout this song she reminds listeners: "We are the light of the world / We are the city on a hill / We are the light of the world / And we gotta let the light shine."
"Steady My Heart" takes on a more serious tone and definitely has a lot of depth. While listening, you almost feel as though you are reading Jobe's diary as she asks God why life's so messy and why pain is a part of our lives. I think this is definitely a song that many people can relate to. And it really reminds us that although life can get hard, we can (and should) always turn to God because He is the one who can steady our hearts.
Up next is "Find You On My Knees," another serious, more intimate track, complete with repetitive piano chords and a chorus that almost causes you to open up and fall to your knees. "I will find You in the place amen / Find You when I'm at my end / Find You when there's nothing left of me to offer You except for brokenness."
The next song is where Kari proclaims that God is her "One Desire." It's her telling God: "Here I am / Just for You, only You / Here I stand / Wanting You, only You." It's another relatable song that speaks to giving yourself—your trust, your life, your old ways—up to God.
"Here" is the closing track, and it is one of my favorites on this EP. It's like she's God speaking to His children singing: "Come and rest here / Come and lay your burdens down / Come and rest here / There is refuge for you now."
Before this album, I hadn't really heard much of Kari Jobe's music, but I have to say that I was pretty impressed after listening to this EP. As a Christian, I could really relate to the message each of her songs had to offer, and I think many people will feel the same way. I love the idea of having her other hits from Where I Find You presented in the calming acoustic format.
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