Kim Walker-Smith in Review; NEW: Passion Live Album; Free Song and Book Access; "His Banner Over Me" in Guitar Demo Video Blog
to Digital Worship News, Edition 67. This issue includes 5 different resources. First is a a review of the new album "Still Believe", a project by worship leader Kim Walker-Smith. Second is the brand new album "Passion: Let The Future Begin"- the fresh new live album from the recent Passion 2013 conference in Atlanta. Next is an opportunity to access the book "Ultimate Worship Resource Guide" as a free download for those who are members of either Amazon Prime or WorshipTraining.com. Fourth, has the song "Let Everything" as the free MP3 and Chord chart download! Finally is another guitar demo entry from the "Worship Song Video Blog", this time demonstrating the song "His Banner Over Me" written by Kevin Prosch!
blessings, Kim Gentes
REVIEW: "Still Believe" (Kim Walker-Smith)
It is no hyperbole to say that Jesus Culture and Kim Walker-Smith have become a powerful new voice in the sound of worship to the new generation and the "modern" church's musical liturgy. So, when I heard that Kim was going to be releasing a solo album, I was interested. Even though I often have the opportunity to get "free" product to evaluate popular worship resources/CDs, I almost always end up buying my own copies of things, because like many of you, I want to know if I feel like the money I spent was worth it. I am delighted to say that Kim's new album, "Still Believe", comes in very strong. It's not only worth the money, its worth your attention.
Having heard the previous Jesus Culture albums, I knew that her passionate vocals were her signature. My assumption was that it would be those impassioned vocals that would take over a solo album as well. I was right. And wrong. Yes, her vocals, with all their presence and passion rip through these songs with both peace and power- fitting them with the proper aspect as the song demanded. But also, no, in that Kim moves from just being a great voice to being a promising songwriter. On "Still Believe", Kim steps in with a surprising ability to write and present songs that are fresh, inviting and actually thoughtful.
Inspiration, engagement, anthems, compassion and justice. These are the themes that stream into the mind when one thinks of the modern student movement and conferences known as Passion/268 Generation and its visible leaders Louie Giglio and Chris Tomlin. These themes and impact have only solidified and intensified with the latest edition of their live conference worship recordings, "Passion 2013: Let The Future Begin". With unrelenting stadium rock anthems, excellent lyrical songs and a great live engagement experience caught on the recording, this album continues the tradition of making Passion not only an influential musical voice to the college generation but a perennial provider to the liturgical sound track of the modern church.
Since Passion's first release in 1998, their annual conference has fueled both original songs and re-arrangements of great choruses and hymns from the Christian church song catalog. This project brings a huge collection of songs that are all usable and very thoughtful. One of the things that marks this release is the use of several voices across its track list. No less than eight different worship leaders lead this collection of 15 new tracks (there are only 14 on the regular version, but an extra track on the deluxe version). What this does for a lengthy "live" album like this conference recording is make it much more of an experience than just a collage of top songs. With a consistent sound canvas and band playing, these songs leap off the tracks and engage the heart in a worshipful experience...
There are TWO ways you can get the book "Ultimate Worship Resource Guide" for free. This means literally millions of people have access to read the book for free through their memberships with either of a couple of great sources. By simply being a member of either WorshipTraining.com (a service that thousands of worship leaders, pastors, musicians and pastors subscribe to) or Amazon Prime & Kindle owner (a membership service of Amazon that has millions of users) you can download and read the book with no cost.
Click here for the details on accessing the book via each of those membership programs.
Again, if you are a member of either WorshipTraining.com or Amazon Prime (you must also be a Kindle owner), you can access this complete book for free! Check it out now!
FREE Song: "Let Everything"
This issue we are pleased to give you access to the audio MP3 (studio recording) and chord chart for the song "Let Everything" as a free downloadfor a limited time directly here, so you will find it below.
Let Everything is written by Brian Thiessen and Kim Gentes and is a "call to worship" song for congregational worship. If you haven't had a chance to here or try it out in your local church, download it here. Included is both an audio MP3 and a PDF chord chart.
Free Song Download "Let Everything" by Brian Theissen & Kim Gentes
Click here to download the free song MP3 and chord chart!
Worship Song Video Blog: "His Banner Over Me" (Kevin Prosch)
Session 3 of the Worship Song Video Blog includes a guitar demo/example of playing the song "His Banner Over Me" (written by Kevin Prosch). This video blog series highlights songs that are classics and new songs that may not be represented on videos and guitar demos elsewhere, but are great songs nonetheless. We are happy to highlight them here.
This is a video blog with guitar tips and ideas that includes the video demonstrating the song intro/rhythms and arrangement on guitar...