Seeing For the First Time
Posted April 10, 2020
By BrendanBurke_NRT, Staff Reviewer
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."
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.
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
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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