The much anticipated third concert recording and fourth overall release from the Chicago-based songwriting and worship team, Frontiers is the follow-up to 2015 chart-topping Church Songs.
The best worship happens when we join in the song Heaven is already singing. A song to God about God. Worship brings us to the end of ourselves and to the edge of something greater.
"Frontiers", is an invitation for the local church not only to sing about something more, but to live for something more. The songs on this album serve as a starting point for individuals to exalt Christ over every aspect of their lives.
Led by a seasoned group of worship leaders that include Meredith Andrews, Jon Guerra, Andi Rozier, Kyle Fredericks, Lauren Smith, Tara Stutes, and Gabe Finochio, the musical muscle behind Harvest Bible Chapelís worship ministry offers up another inspiring set of songs, including the single "Exalted Over All."
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A Gift To The Church| Posted July 29, 2016
Gordon Fee once said that you will know a church's theology by the songs they sing--a statement the group of worship leaders in Vertical Church Band strive to live by. With songs like "Open Up The Heavens," "Not For A Moment (After All)" and "Lamb Of God," Vertical has been giving the church powerful moments of praise for years now. A part of Harvest Bible Chapel's ministry, Vertical Church Band is made up of a group of passionate worshippers and musicians, including solo artists Meredith Andrews and Jon Guerra.
Their newest project Frontiers comes on the heels of their 2015 release Church Songs. Introducing a new collection of songs for the church, Frontiers is an investment of love and hard work from a group of leaders with their focus set on the Lord.
Upbeat "1,000 Tongues" begins the album with a fun energy and strong drum kick, much like I could see it opening worship services in churches across the country. Slowing down the tempo a bit while still keeping a strong beat, "I See The Lord" is an expectant cry from a people ready to see God move. "This We Know" moves into a softer time of worship with bold lyrics of faith: "You'll do what You say You'll do / You'll be who You've always been to us, Jesus." Powerful "Exalted Over All" speaks of the beauty of the cross and the majesty of what Christ did for us by conquering death.
With a beautiful piano melody opening the track, Meredith Andrews leads the reverent yet strong "Come Holy Spirit." "Your Mercy" and "More Than I Deserve" serve as lyrical reminders of the grace that makes us His children, proclaiming His goodness with every line. "Let Your joy be greater than my grief," sings "Set My Heart," praising the character of Christ that is faithful and sustaining. The worshipful "Always Have" and title track close the album, greatly displaying the incredible lyrical power Vertical Church Band produces in each song they write.
The Bottom Line:Frontiers is absolutely a labor of love and passion for God. Birthed from a place of genuine worship inside the church, these songs will no doubt encourage and uplift listeners as Vertical Church Band beautifully reminds us of the rock solid truths found in His word. Frontiers is a gift to the church, giving them strong theology wrapped in powerful moments of worship.
Song To Download Now:
"This We Know" (Get it on iTunes here.)
Too good to be true; but it is.| Posted August 24, 2016
I thought Church Songs was great but this is exceptional.
I was left in awe when I heard this as it's a custom of me to always look out for album-titled tracks because I always expect it to be the "masterpiece"; and is very much true with Frontiers but I'm in love with this album and it would be a beautiful problem for anyone out there to pick a favourite as that's my case. It goes to show how God is revealing himself more than ever before as the composers are being adept even more in their compositions.
This is simply VCB at its best; and Frontiers is right at the top of it.
This is on par with, Elevation's Worship Here As In Heaven , Hillsong's Worship Open Heaven, Jesus Culture's Let It Echo and Ramp Worship's The River Is Rising as these are the albums that I would rate a 5/5 so far this year.