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All Over The World [edit]
by JJ Weeks | Genre: Pop/Rock | Release Date: March 26, 2013
 

Joys, struggles and life are well represented in the songs that make up the label debut from Georgia-based, JJ Weeks Band. As seasoned musicians touring for ten years together the band’s vulnerable lyrics are matched perfectly by JJ Weeks’ voice on songs like, ‘Is It Ever’, ‘What Kind Of Love’, ‘Save Us’, ‘Flood Down’, and ‘Let Them See You’. Produced by Third Day keyboard player, Scotty Willbanks.


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01. Is It Ever
02. Screaming Outloud
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03. What Kind Of Love
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04. We've Been There
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05. Sunrise
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06. Let Them See You
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07. Flood Down
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08. All Over The World
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09. You Are The One
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10. Save Us

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A Surprise for All the Right Reasons | Posted March 26, 2013
Having launched back in 2003, the JJ Weeks Band is certainly making a name for themselves in the industry. Comprised of David Hart (bass), Robbie Fritz (drums), Cody Preston (guitar) and lead vocalist JJ Weeks, the group has toured extensively over the last ten years, all while releasing two solid independent EPs and catching the attention of many in the songwriting circuit. 
 
As the latest addition to label InPop Records line up, All Over The World, the band's debut project, was birthed out of a difficult three-year season the group walked through in their personal lives, ranging from the death of loved ones to heath issues following a complicated pregnancy. Through it all however, the band walked out with their faith strengthened. 
 
With a desire to share uncompromised real life messages, the band hopes the album reaches out to listeners and connects with them through the various trails they might be facing. "We want people to know that God has their back," vocalist JJ Weeks says about the album, "that they can trust Him in the midst of the struggles of life because He loves us," 
 
Beginning the album with a sweeping arrangement, "Is It Ever" combines epic orchestration with deep melodies and grinding guitars. A song of honesty, the lyrics serve as reminder that God works all things together for our good, even the most chaotic circumstances.
 
"Screaming Outloud" cries out for God in the midst stressful situations in life where it feels like everything is falling upon shoulders at once. It concludes in the moving bridge that because of God‘s love for us, everything will be turn out light in the end.
 
"What Kind Of Love" possessing a melodically haunting chorus, is a sobering recount of the selfless sacrifice Christ made for us on the cross: "What kind of love would take my place and die on a cross just to show me grace? /  What kind of love would reach within and love me in spite of all my sin? / No greater love has any man ever known."
 
The folksy "We've Been There" relates to whatever struggles the listener is going through, and despite the hopeless that seems unending at times, God will always bring beauty from the rubble. "Sunrise" openly talks about shaken faith and the frustration of waiting, vulnerably singing out in the chorus: "I'm waiting on the sunrise… and I can't wait for long."
 
You might recognize "Let Them See You," co-penned by Third Day keyboardist and producer Scotty Wilbanks, on American Idol alumni Colton Dixon's debut earlier this year. The song goes back to the band's worship leading roots, and becomes an invitation for God to rid us of our selfish agendas and make Himself known in our lives. While the Weeks band version sounds less polished than Dixon's, it allows the passionately prayerful lyrics to go to a deeper level. 
 
"Flood Down" lyrically mirrors MercyMe's "Bring The Rain," saying that if the pain of the storm is the only way we'll grow closer to God, then allow Him to bring the rain and flood our lives. "All Over The World" serves as the strongest track on the album musically, taking a corporate worship approach with a bounce that is sure to get you praising along. 
 
Concluding the album, "You Are The One" and "Save Us" serve as challenging messages. The first encourages us to deny ourselves and realize only God can give us true life, while the second, and most lyrically profound on the project, depicts the story of the lost and broken around us, it being our duty to reach them with the love of Christ. I feel the latter of the two would have been better incorporated midway through the album, but overall, ties things up on a strong note.
 
Closing Thoughts:
I was surprised by JJ Weeks Band's All Over The World, and for all the best reasons. The ten cuts offered boast musical maturity, and the rich and powerful songwriting is sure to connect with anyone who listens. While the lyrics never shy away from the topics of pressure and pain, the album never feels overwhelmingly heavy, and beautifully conveys the promise of hope we have in Jesus. Meaningful and full of heart, this is an album well worth the investment.

Song to Download Now:
"Is It Ever" (Get it from iTunes here.)


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jj weeks | Posted April 26, 2013
 I really get blown away by all of these great new bands especially jj weeks band you guys could bethe new mercyme, casting crowns or kutless (which is a big deal) Keep doing what your are doing guys!

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You've gotta give it a listen | Posted March 19, 2013
A lyrically sound new band with a very diverse album.  The lead singer JJ Weeks has a Bart Millard/Russ Lee quality to him, but undeniabley has his own sound. That says something given how successful those guys have been in Christian music. The group definitely reminds me of Mercy Me but edgier with the songs being very enriching and passionate for the Love of Christ. The songs "What Kind of Love" and "Let Them See You" are amazing songs, best on the album. If you like up-tempo, rock and roll with a soulful twist then I recommend you give this album a listen. I will definitely be putting it on my wishlist.


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All Over The World | Posted March 19, 2013
 Thanks for the preview!! You guys keep doing what you are doing becuase it helps so many.. This album and the songs on it mean a lot to us. We hope and pray it makes a difference in others as they listen to it!! Thanks again!










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All Over The World | Posted March 19, 2013

Yes, 5 Stars because I know these guys personally and what they sing about is what they live.  Great guys who have a heart for God and winning others to God.  They truly care about people and their ups and downs in life.  My favorite song is "Let Them See You".  The song really represents JJ's heart and soul.
 



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All Over the World | Posted March 19, 2013
 JJ Weeks Band has always put out God honoring, scripture based music! Each song deals with real life experiences with Christ and the things that we need from Christ becasue He is our hope, life, and breath!! 

To pick a favorite song is hard, but, because I have heard this song before from JJ Weeks Band, I would have to say my favorite song would have to be "Let them see You". We as Christian's should be looking to let Christ shine through every part of our lives. 


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Kathy's Review for JJWeeks | Posted March 19, 2013
Completely Awesome at God's work!  The formation and the chemistry that surrounds this band is magnificant.  This album is first of what i'm sure will be many more.  Spreading the Word of God through music has always been a favorite of mine.  Adding this to my IPod is pure enjoyment.
God Bless Robbie and the others in the band!

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TOTAL AWESOMENESS!!!! | Posted March 19, 2013
 I had the chance to see these guys live at winterfest in Branson, MO. and they were powerful and brought tears to my eyes!  And to be honest, I never listened to Christian music before that day,  but when GOD planted that seed, this group definitely delivered a message to my soul that I'll never soon forget!  Thank you GOD, first and foremost, and thank you JJ Weeks band for being the Christian people you are on and off the stage and for taking the time to listen to our story and give hugs and handshakes. "What kind of love" is my personal favorite, but i just let the whole cd play because these guys are so talented... a definite "must have"!!!

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Needs to be heard, "ALL OVER THE WORLD" | Posted March 19, 2013
Love this album!  Tthe Anthem song in the beginning that gets me singing outloud to the emotionally filled lyrics of "Let Them See You", each song has a great meleody that screams for the CD to be put on repeat.  I personally am going to pre-order the album now!

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Music for your life!!! | Posted March 19, 2013
 If music Is the soundtrack of your life then "All Over The World" is a must have for your library.  The JJ Weeks Band uses power vocals and stimulating music to change your life for God. From emotional testimony songs like "Sunrise" to fun uplifting anthems like "is It Ever",you just can't help but sing along. This is life changing, God music!

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