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Seeing For the First Time [edit]
by Derek Charles Johnson | Genre: Praise & Worship | Release Date: March 27, 2020
 

Seeing For The First Time is an original 7-song offering that features an upbeat, pop-infused style with lyrical hooks finding their basis in Biblical truths; all challenging the listener to take a deeper look at their own faith and dependence upon God. Often ranging in comparison to Mac Powell (Third Day), Jeremy Camp, or Bebo Norman, Derek's vocals are soothing yet commanding all at once. Each song takes the listener on a journey and is unique in its own right, featuring diversity from track to track and in one theme to the next. Still, the overall message of the project is that of dependence and reliance upon God despite the highs and lows of life. Whether it's the honest declaration of Pray ("I have prayed full of faith but somedays you don't answer like I think you should"), the absolute trust in the Psalm-like Watch Over Me, or the call to follow after Jesus despite not knowing all the answers (The Jesus Dare), each song makes a statement that stands on its own. More overt worship-themes are found on tracks God of All and My Hope Is In The Cross, each lending themselves to corporate offerings. Rounding out the album, title track Seeing For The First Time and Doing Something New both incorporate synth and pop sounds while featuring uncompromising lyrics and truths.

These new songs have been the result of a collaboration with producer Jay Speight (Bottle Rockit Productions) and feature co-writes with Jay, Ross King, Cooper Bascom, Brian Yak as well as songs written by Kenna Turner West and Aaron Cox. "I know every artist says this, but I believe these new songs are the best work I've done and I've asked God to bring about His perfect will throughout this process. I cannot wait to release these songs and am excited about the doors God is opening."



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01. Seeing For The First Time
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02. Pray
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03. Watch Over Me
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04. Doing Something New
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05. The Jesus Dare (Dare To Believe)
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06. God Of All
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07. My Hope Is In The Cross feat. Lori Triplett
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Seeing For the First Time | Posted April 10, 2020

What You Need to Know
Raised in Northern Minnesota, Derek Charles was a kid who grew up listening to contemporary Christian music. As a youth group teen in the '90s, he soaked up any and every "youth pastor-approved" CD he could grab. A quick playlist at the time included artists and bands, such as Michael W. Smith, Matt Redman, Petra, Delirious and, of course, DC Talk. It was those influences and many more that led him to develop a deep love for Christian music. That love, coupled with a passion for worship ministry, led Derek to pursue a degree in leading worship. 

What It Sounds Like
Derek’s debut album is a perfect listen if you’re looking for music that's similar to Jeremy Camp. It's a new release that impressed me from the minute I pressed play. It has a pop-influenced style with lyrics that stand out. Every song has a catchy synth beat. The artist stated, "I know every artist says this, but I believe these new songs are the best work I've done and I've asked God to bring about His perfect will throughout this process. I cannot wait to release these songs and am excited about the doors God is opening."


Spiritual Highlight
Derek’s song “Pray” is a great spiritual highlight: “But I never give up on you/'Cause I know one thing Is true/You hear me when I pray.” This verse shows us God is present when we pray, that He always hears our prayers no matter where we are, that He will never leave us, and that He will always be by our side no matter what. “Pray” is a song that you’ll find peace from when you hear it for the first time. You'll want to have the song on repeat every time after that.

Best Song
Each song has a great message, as well as great synth-pop music. “Doing Something New” is my favorite. It’s a pop song that you’ll find yourself singing and dancing to. Derek’s debut album is a blast to listen to and you’ll find yourself singing along in no time.

For The Fans of
Jeremy Camp, Mac Powell, JJ Weeks

Bottom Line
This is a very impressive debut album for an upcoming artist. Derek has great vocals that compare him to some great artists and has great lyrical meaning to his songs. Derek is an artist that I’ll keep my eye on for new music to come. 



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