Few weeks ago, I discovered Prestonwood Worship on Facebook. I have seen their latest album “Songs of the People” being promoted, and because of curiosity, I headed to Spotify and gave it a listen. Instantly, I fell in love with their music.
As a short introduction, Prestonwood Worship is the music ministry of the 42,000-member Prestonwood Baptist Church, which has two locations in the Dallas area. The project “Songs of the People” features all new songs from Prestonwood’s worship team led by Dove Award winning songwriter Michael Neale (“Your Great Name”) along with Prestonwood’s renowned mass choir. Released under Integrity Music on September 23, this 13-track project is available as a physical CD/DVD, a digital album and a digital deluxe album with bonus video content. It also features guest performances of prominent worship leaders Paul Baloche and Michael W. Smith.
The DVD of the album features the live concert footage and some moving testimonies from Prestonwood congregation. The only thing that I don’t like about it is the overdub of the song videos does not fit perfectly, but still good nonetheless.
The title track “Songs of the People” is the best description of the album. People’s collective voices are wonderfully heard on the entire album. Worship leader Michael Neale’s vision for the project which is to capture the power of a unified worshiping army, shattering the darkness with praise was gloriously present and fulfilled. Co-written by Neale and Paul Baloche, “Songs of the People” is a prayerful opener and a very good song to start any worship service. The recent trend of incorporating old hymns to new songs (done by Passion, Hillsong Worship, Keith & Kristyn Getty) was also done in this album. With songs like Our Story, Our Song, and You Can Have It All, Fanny Crosby’s Blessed Assurance and Judson W. Van DeVenter’s I Surrender All, respectively, were given a new identity.
What I love most about the album is that it is very contemporary yet in a sense conservative. Though the sound of the songs is comparable to other worship cuts today, I must say that this album has no fillers. Songs are theologically rich and very congregation-friendly.
If you have not heard of this album yet, you are missing a lot. Get a copy now on iTunes or in your favorite Christian bookstore. To know more about Prestonwood Worship, visit https:// http://prestonwood.org
Prime cuts: Songs of The People, Still My Soul Sings, Here In The Holy, Grace So Marvelous, You Cover Me
Disclosure: A review copy of Songs of the People was provided for review by Prestonwood Worship, from whom you may purchase the album.