Tommy Walker is first and foremost a worshipper. As a worship leader at his home church for eighteen years, serving in worship with some of the most renowned church leaders in the world such as Jack Hayford, Bill Hybels, Rick Warren, Greg Laurie and Franklin Graham, and leading worship teams to Philippines, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Guatemala, Zambia, Brazil and most recently Jerusalem, Tommy is committed to taking worship to a totally fresh new place.
I Have a Hope does just that. After six live CDs and DVDs, Tommy steps off the stage into the intimacy of the studio for the first time with producer Ed Cash at the helm.
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SEASONED WORSHIP LEADER SETS STAGE FOR FIRST STUDIO PROJECT| Posted September 24, 2008
Selling truckloads of his eight live recordings, having penned songs sung by millions of worshippers worldwide and traveling with Promise Keepers and Franklin Graham Crusades, worship leader Tommy Walker has never released a strictly studio record…until now. Having served in his home church for the past 18 years, Walker uses his work experience to carefully craft 10 solid tracks, designing a cohesive collection of his best songwriting to date.
I Have A Hope opens with the title track’s comfortable, relaxed groove, setting the tone both musically and lyrically with its declaration of praise: “I will yet praise Him, my great Redeemer/I will yet stand up and give Him glory with my life… I have a hope.” Smoothly transitioning into the subtly grand “Hallelujah, We Will Sing” and beautifully simple “In the Light of Your Glory,” it’s easy to see why over 100 of Walker’s songs have found prominent positions on CCLI’s current chart and in churches worldwide.
With producer Ed Cash (Chris Tomlin, Bebo Norman) at the helm, I Have A Hope resists the genre’s temptation to overproduce, utilizing Walker’s easy vocals to define, rather than distract from each song’s powerful lyric.
Thanks to Walker and Cash’s collaborative sensitivity, I Have a Hope prepares Walker to effectively bridge the gap between worship leader/songwriter and recording artist. Whether singing corporately or listening alone, I Have a Hope is an extremely accessible worship record. –Andrew Greer
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