Conley's Focus is No Mystery| Posted May 16, 2018
Conley Worship is the collective formed by Maryland-based worship leader David Conley. The Liberty University graduate just released "Holy Mystery" as the firstfruits of the upcoming album, Are You Ready?.
What it Sounds Like
Musically speaking, this song has an adult contemporary vibe, with Conley's tender vocals conveying a boldness and a fragility at the same time. The song is piano-driven, with swelling guitars, drum builds and some subtle synth rounding out the sound. Kara Near provides excellent harmonies, and delivers smooth, Jenny Simmons (Addison Road)-like vocals on the bridge.
This song is a four-and-a-half minute-long expression of the love of God, as well as a prayer to be shown more of that love. "You expose your heart for all the world to see," Conley sings, "with the hands that held the universe nailed upon a tree."
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Conley Worship's "Holy Mystery" is a great introduction to what this new collective is all about: Unabashed praise, bold lyrics, a Sunday-morning accessibility. The song isn't the most congregational in the traditional sense, but I expect the church-based leader will balance the vertical ballads with some power choruses on the new record. Whatever comes next, it'll be sincere, authentic and full of truth.