The Light In Us, the highly anticipated seventh studio recording from JUNO® Award-nominated and multi Covenant Award-winning worship artist and singer/songwriter Jon Bauer, is set to bow June 10 at iTunes, Apple Music and Google Play. Produced by GRAMMY®-nominated, Dove Award-winner Rusty Varenkamp (Building 429, Meredith Andrews) and mixed by GRAMMY® and Dove Award-winner Ainslie Grosser (Rend Collective, Casting Crowns), the project features 10 selections, all co-penned by Bauer.
Chronicling a season of healing and restoration, highlights of The Light In Us--which features pop, modern worship and country influences--include the worshipful, upbeat opener, "Your Love Is Beautiful"; "Come Alive," a reflective declaration of God's faithfulness and sustainment; and the pop-driven plea to hear His voice on "Say Something."
"Life with Jesus is a journey," Bauer shares of the project's overarching theme. "The Lord never promised it would be easy, but worth it if we trust in Him. This album shares a healing journey I have been on the last couple of years as I have leaned on the faithfulness of God even when I have not felt Him near. In His time--not my own--He has brought complete healing and has used the trials of this life as a testament to His greatness. My prayer is that these songs would draw others who are walking through a valley to press in even closer to Jesus."
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Walking In The Light| Posted June 08, 2016
Canadian worship artist Jon Bauer has quite the history of achievements: a number one single in Canada, five Covenant Award wins, one Juno Award nomination, tours with acts like MercyMe and Newsboys and six independent studio albums. Now with his seventh release The Light In Us, Jon has set out to chronicle a season of healing and restoration. Influenced by pop, worship and country roots, Jon says his prayer for this album is that the songs would draw people walking through a hard time closer to Jesus.
Peppy opener "Your Love Is Beautiful" is the perfect addition to a worship set, introducing the album with an upbeat time of praise. Keeping with the upbeat theme, the drum-driven title track follows with a catchy chorus that speaks of Christ's light shining in us. Slower-paced "You Just Want My Heart" proves to be a lyrically strong cut with a vulnerable spirit: "I give you everything I am / I give You everything I'm not / You just want my heart. I give You all that's left of me / I lay it down because I believe / You just want my heart."
"Where The Sidewalk Ends" is a mission-centered track, telling the story of people in need and challenging listeners to do their part in reaching out to them. "Say Something" acts as a prayer to hear God speak in a silent season-- a plea many listeners can likely relate to. Worshipful "Come Alive" praises God for His breath inside our hearts: "You are the breath that's making my soul come alive."
Featuring a hauntingly beautiful beginning melody, "Even If (No One Can Separate)" pulls lyrics straight from Scripture to create a standout track. "Great Is Your Faithfulness" boasts confidence of faith from the very first line: "In the story of my life You are present on every page."
Back to the peppier side of things and led by a strong string section, "You Are My Everything" is another highlight on the album. "Starts With Us" closes The Light In Us with an encouraging challenge to listeners: "Let's come together / light it up tonight / cause if the world needs love, it's gotta start with us."
The Bottom Line: With The Light In Us, Jon Bauer offers a strong project full of encouraging worship songs. Lyrics straight from scripture mixed with Jon's soulful voice make for a successful seventh release and leave us expecting great things from Jon's next album.
Song To Download Now:
"You Are My Everything" (Get it on iTunes here.)