“Life is a symphony,” says worship leader and recording artist Ricardo Sanchez. “Everyone has a story to tell and a part to play. There’s reason and purpose in it all.” This newest season in life has offered much to fuel Ricardo’s creative passions, and the result is on full display in Grand Symphony. Ricardo’s first full-length studio recording, the album is a showcase of international influences—an infectious, engaging collection of world beats and memorable melodies. Produced by Ricardo, along with Israel Houghton and Mark Townsend, Grand Symphony features a collection of pop-oriented originals including, “Por Cristo” and “Halle Halle,” to the inspirational “Take Over,” which reflects a new attitude of surrender and gratitude for Ricardo and his family.
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Praise as Big as Texas| Posted November 16, 2015
Ricardo Sanchez, the worship Leader at the famous Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, has returned with his latest offering for the church, Grand Symphony. A journeyman worship leader and songwriter, Ricardo brings a new album with a sound as big as the great state of Texas.
The opening songs are lively and large. "Por Christo, For Christ" is a great opening song that truly gets you in the mood to praise an awesome God. The song mixes EDM and hip hop influences, with a driving bass line that is sure to get you moving. The EDM feel continues through on "Life" and "All Power," then "Halle-Halle" brings in a slight tejano vibe, which honestly had me wanting to merengue in Starbucks.
Things slow down a little from here with worshipful songs such as "Hope Is Here," "Take Over," and the title track "Grand Symphony." This is a powerful song mixing metaphors of music and a Spirit-filled life. It is a song that requires you to stop, listen and then boldly sing along, allowing yourself to become "an instrument in the hands of the King."
Ricardo Sanchez definitely has a sound that defines the Southwest. At times I was sure I was listening to Israel Houghton, and there were even hints of old school Anointed. The regional differences in praise and worship music throughout the United States always amazes me. It reminds me that in this world and across the nation, God has a designed an orchestra of cultures and influences that allow the Grand Symphony of praises to be lifted up to Him in perfect harmony.
Song to Download Now:
"Grand Symphony" (Get it on iTunes here.)