Good News and Great Truth
Posted February 18, 2014
By KevinDavis_NRT, Staff Reviewer
I first heard Ellie Holcomb sing with her husband's band Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors when they opened for NEEDTOBREATHE on their tour last year. Ellie is the daughter of legendary Christian music producer, Brown Bannister. Having released two solo EP's, Magnolia and With You Now, Holcomb's full-length album, As Sure As the Sun is available everywhere February 18. She raised the funds needed to make the album with her Kickstarter campaign, resulting in one of the most funded music projects to date. Having previously enjoyed her songs with Drew like "Hung the Moon" and her duet with Christa Wells, "Have Your Eyes Open," I was excited to hear these songs which are all based on Scripture.
Piano based opening title track "As Sure As the Sun" is an unashamed declaration of faith based on Hosea 6:3. Ellie belts out the sincere words, "There is Good News, there is great Truth, that you can never change / no matter what you do, you are loved, more than you know, more than you could hope for / after everything you've done, as sure as the sun will rise and chase away the night / as sure the sun will rise, His mercy will not end." The album is loaded with that type of profound lyrical truth as Ellie tenderly sings about her source of hope, Jesus. Throughout the song she achingly sings "His mercy will not end," which is a worshipful response reflecting the blessed hope of someone who understands the Good News of grace.
Her next song "Marvelous Light" is a great reminder of our "royal priesthood" as believers, and how Scripture urges us to"walk out of the darkness and into the light." The song celebrates the promise of 1 Peter 2:9 (NKJV): "you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light."
Ellie begins the song "The Broken Beautiful" with the prayerful words"I know that I don't bring a lot to the table, just little pieces of a broken heart." Right from the opening notes, you'll be captivated by the melody and message of this amazing song. The strong biblical message "Your love will never change, there's healing in Your name, You'll take broken things and make them beautiful" is based on Isaiah 61:10 (The Voice) which celebrates: "It's as though I'm dressed for my wedding day, in the very best: a bridegroom's garland and a bride's jewels."
"My Portion and My Strength" is a standout song, written in the style of David's Psalm 73:26 (NIV) where David cries out: "My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." Ellie's worshipful refrain throughout the song is "Help me believe, You will be my portion and my strength." The song could be added to church worship services with the vertical lyrics.
"Night Song" features Ellie singing this vulnerable Psalm 42:8 inspired expression, "The Truth that sings into my darkness, the melody of love that leads me on / the voice that comforts all of my sadness, even when the suffering is long / be my night song." God promises that His mercies are new every morning.
"Love Never Fails" is an upbeat song paraphrasing 1 Corinthians 13, declaring the truth that "love never fails, and that's a promise, love never fails, help me believe it…Oh Lord, help me to live like love never fails." "Love Broke Through" is a Psalm 30:11 (The Voice) inspired faith statement reflecting David's joy before the Lord, "You turned my deepest pains into joyful dancing; You stripped off my dark clothing and covered me with joyful light." The song crescendo's to Ellie celebrating, "There on the Cross, Your Love Broke Through." It is a beautiful expression of faith in Jesus's promise, "It is finished."
"Only Hope I've Got" is a Psalm 71 based prayer song that proclaims "I don't want to be a thief who's stealing Your glory will You help remind me what is true…the only hope I've got is You." The gorgeous and moving Psalms 23 and 69 inspired song "The Valley" also appears on Magnolia. The song expresses a theme of the album as expressed by Ellie's vulnerable prayer: "I'm dying for You to make me whole."
As expressed in Luke 7:47 (NKJV): "Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little." Ellie loves a lot, and that is evident throughout this stellar "gourmet" offering. "As Sure As the Sun," "Marvelous Light," "The Broken Beautiful," "Night Song," "Love Never Fails," "Love Broke Through," "The Valley" and "I Want to Be Free" are all stand-out tracks filled with overwhelming biblical truth and are companions in my personal prayer and worship time. Ellie has captivating and catchy songs filled with inspirational lyrics. Ellie brings sincerity and relatable themes that get deeper with each listen. As Sure As the Sun is one of the top albums of the year. This is truly a great album and a moving and prayerful worship experience.
Song to Download Now:
"The Broken Beautiful" (Get it on iTunes here.)
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