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Music filled with hope and faith
Posted October 22, 2021
By GraceChaves_NRT, Staff Reviewer

What You Need To Know
Emerging artist Emily Faith bursted into the Christian music scene in 2017 when she opened for Newsboys during their God's Not Dead - Rivals tour. Shortly after, she started opening for the Grammy Award-winning duo for KING & COUNTRY. In 2020, Emily released her debut single "Breakthrough" and recently dropped her new EP, Rebel. The four-track record, co-written with songwriters Tony Wood, Benji Cowart, and Caleb, showcases what Emily is capable of as an artist.

What it Sounds Like
As soon as I heard Emily's new EP, she instantly reminded me of another rising artist: Anne Wilson. Both artists started their musical careers at an early age. And both bring a unique mix of country and pop vibes to their songs. Emily's songs are all biblically based and rooted in the central message of Jesus. Her lyrics are inspiring, and the melodies are upbeat and filled with faith. From the optimistic "Rebel" to the slower-paced "All You Wanted Was Me," every track is laden with truth and hope.

Spiritual Highlights
These four new songs are about holding on to hope and faith, even when the world looks at us (that is, Christians) as "rebels." The whole EP is tied into this theme (hence the title). The world might look at us as "different" or "outcasts" because of our faith, but Emily isn't afraid of that. 1 Peter 3:15 says, "But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect." Truly, that's what all four songs are about. It's about telling the world about Jesus and sharing hope in a hopeless world.

Best Song
"This Is Faith" is the best song on the record. As the title implies, it's a song about faith. It's about holding on to faith even when we can't see the whole picture. Our circumstances may seem dire or impossible. But Emily makes it clear to her listeners that with God, we can trust that there's more to life than what we see now. The song is hopeful: "This is just believing when it seems impossible/This is just the silence right before a miracle/This is hurry up and wait, just before the breakthrough breaks and takes you right on to the next right place/This is faith."

For Fans Of
Anne Wilson, Zach Williams, Love & the Outcome

Final Word
Emily Faith is an artist to keep your eye on. She's definitely going places. I wouldn't be surprised if I hear her songs go to radio soon. Although her songs aren't necessarily my style, her pop-inspired melodies and enthusiasm are infectious.

You can stream Rebel now on Spotify or Apple Music.


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