Every believer has signposts for the journey in faith. For Dove Award-winning worship leader Paul Baloche, the journey is marked by songs, personal prayers that have become global anthems for Christians from all walks of life. Integrity Music, Baloche's label home for two decades, now offers 15 of his most beloved compositions with Paul Baloche Ultimate Collection, available globally February 16.
"Songwriting is a big part of my spiritual life," shares Baloche. "It helps me go deeper with God... helps me fix my mind on Jesus, to set my mind on things above. It keeps my heart fresh and alive, for myself, my family and the church."
And the church has responded to this "worship pastor of worship pastors" whose songs have been featured on recordings by Matt Redman, Michael W. Smith, Casting Crowns and Phillips Craig & Dean to name but a few. Baloche is one of the contemporary church's most acclaimed songwriters, penning standards such as "Hosanna (Praise is Rising)," "Our God Saves," "Your Name," "Glorious," "Above All" and "Open the Eyes of My Heart." In short, Baloche writes songs that the whole church sings.
"When I'm writing songs," he explains, "I think, 'Will this help the church worship God? Will this help people connect with Him?'. I realize that I'm putting words into the mouths of God's people. I'm giving them a vocabulary to sing back to God. And when they sing those words, hopefully it will act as a catalyst in their hearts... because when we sing something, it goes down deep into our soul."
The Paul Baloche Ultimate Collection tracklist is as follows:
"Our God Saves"
"Open The Eyes Of My Heart"
"King Of Heaven"
"Hosanna (Praise Is Rising)"
"Once For All"
"Today Is The Day"
"Found In You"
"The Same Love"
"What Can I Do"
In addition to being a prolific songwriter, Baloche has developed a variety of resource videos for worship teams and he facilitates LeadWorship training workshops around the world. His critically-acclaimed recordings include Your Mercy, The Same Love, Christmas Worship (Volumes 1&2 and Live From London), Our God Saves, A Greater Song and the French albums Glorieux and Ovuvre Les Yeux De Mon Coeur. He is also the author of the books "God Songs: How to Write and Select Songs for Worship" and "The Same Love: A Devotion." Additional information is available at LeadWorship.com and Facebook.com/PaulBaloche or by following Baloche on Twitter and Instagram @paulbaloche.