To kick off the CentricWorship offerings, the label is introducing ALL THE SAINTS: Live from the CentricWorship Retreat – No. 1, an authentic live worship experience featuring some of the world’s best new songwriters and worship leaders. With Rice at the helm as executive producer, 12 worship leaders were invited to a week-long retreat of songwriting and worship in the Cascade Mountains. Those joining Rice included Michael Farren (Pocket Full Of Rocks, writer of “Let It Rain”), Jared Anderson (Desperation Band, writer of “Great I Am” and “Amazed”), Henry Sealy (PlanetShakers), Seth Mosley (Billboard's #1 Christian Producer of 2013 and #3 Christian writer of 2013), Anthony Skinner (writer of “Your Love Never Fails”), Mia Fieldes (Hillsong), James Tealy (writer of Kari Jobe's hit, “We Are”), and others.
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Organic Worship| Posted March 31, 2014
The setting to sit and write this review of All The Saints: Live From The CentricWorship Retreat No. 1 could not be more fitting. An overcast day, a bustling streetscape and a steaming, hot, chai latte. If I sit with my eyes closed long enough, I can picture the collective of artists from CentricWorship playing behind me.
As this album moves from song to song, it was as though it was recorded in one take from beginning to end. Each song seems to grow from the last, bringing the listener through a range of worship emotions—from high praise, to reflection to repentance.
I wish the other patrons of this café could hear this album. I wish they could experience how a true worship experience can grow from an acapella rendition of "Amazing Grace," through a variety of original songs, re-writes of classic hymns, to "Our Father".
"The Sound That Saved Us All"—a re-write of the classic hymn, "All Hail The Power Of Jesus' Name"—stays true to original, with the addition of a tag line at the end of each verse. With extremely tight harmonies, steel guitar, and gospel-style piano riffs, this one song exemplifies the organic nature of how this album was recorded. "Nothing But The Blood" is not the original hymn but rather a beautiful original song.
This is not an album that you will immediately be drawn to. Upon first listen, without a quiet mind and heart, the album may sound out of place among the noise that fills our hearts. But in a prayerful setting, this album can lead you through an intimate time of prayer and worship. This album moves, it grows, it is alive with the true heart of worship.