Music Review by Luchae Williams
What can I say about the incomparable Miss Tasha Cobbs? This Grammy and Dove award winning Gospel super star has blown me away with her latest offering ‘One Place Live’, where she delivers not only vocal excellence but deep and powerful soul moving ministry. It’s hard to believe that Cobbs started her solo career a mere 5 years ago, with the independent self-released album, “Smile”. Her next offering and first EP, “Grace”, released in 2013, was listed as number 2 on the Billboard Charts and number 1 on the Top Gospel Albums Charts. As if that wasn’t proof enough that this girls got it, she wow’ed everyone at the 2014 Grammy Awards where she took home Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance, deeming it her first Grammy win. Cobbs was also awarded the Gospel Artist of the Year award this year at the 2015 GMA Dove Awards.
On listening to ‘One Place Live’ this week, I was immediately struck by the authority she carries, as she ministers one word-based song after the other. It’s clear to see that Tasha Cobbs is not here to play around and up her “fame-game”. The album shows an uncaged, dynamic worshipper, crooning and roaring and she leads others into unadulterated worship and admiration for King Jesus. She has shared that the songs on the album stem from a multitude of moments in her personal worship experience. “They are what we call songs of the Lord,” she explained. “I can be leading worship or getting dressed for worship and a song will simply fall on me.”
The album’s first single, ‘Jesus Saves’, is one of the many that God had deposited in her, when she was in a time of need, struggling to overcome depression. “God spoke to me and gave me peace. Not just spiritual salvation; He saved me from the rejection and depression I used to feel,” Cobbs explained. “Jesus can save you from whatever it is you’re being overtaken by. That’s what this song is about.”
I loved the opening track, ‘Immediately,’ which is a Gospel praise song that would do well in a choral setting. This up tempo track speaks about praising Him in the midst of the battle! She so passionately sings: “I lifted my hands/And opened my mouth/Immediately/God worked it out!” I see this song as a war cry – a reminder to praise Him before I see the victory because He has already conquered.
If you’re looking for a taste of Cobb’s ferocity and passion, then have a listen to ‘Jesus did it’. This song literally made me say ‘Ha!’ a few times! It is a testimony track, where she belts and prophesies about what God is busy doing, has done and is going to do! She ends each stanza off by roaring “Jesus did it!/Oh yes He did!” You can’t help but to get excited and expectant!
I am enjoying the honest lyric found in this collection of songs. Title track ‘One place’ (featuring Pastor Bertha Cobbs), is prime example, where she sings “I’m here because I wanna be/I’m here because I choose to be/I’m here because I love to be/In Your presence.” Yes! Nail on the head! It is a sincere, beautifully delivered worship ballad that I am sure will resonate in many hearts. It’s so evident that Miss Cobbs has shared of herself and her personal relationship with the Lord in each song.
For those who prefer R&B worship songs, her take on United Pursuit/Jesus Culture’s ‘Fill me up’ is for you. If you remember, Cobbs did a remake of the United Pursuit favourite, ‘Break every chain’, in 2012, which took the song to the charts for the first time ever. This time around, she infuses the same passion and soul in her remake of ‘Fill me up’ which is delivered in a heartfelt and heart moving presentation, with a bridge sung by a chorus of singers who plea: “Fill me up/ Till I overflow/I wanna run over/I wanna run over.” And while we’re on the subject of singers: Her BVG’s really did the live recording justice – all vocally incredible in their own right.
Cobbs has paired up with a few other well-known worship leaders to sing songs that are fresh and inspiring, such as the dynamic “Put a praise on it”, co-lead by Kierra Sheard. This song ministered to me from the opening lines, where Cobbs sings “There’s a miracle in this room with my name on it!” I also enjoyed the track she penned and performs with Jamie-Grace, called ‘The Solid Rock’. The acoustic driven piece is infused with a mix of folk and country with both singers borrowing from the other’s strengths to show their versatility. The song speaks about Christ being the steadfast solid rock that we can depend on, with the pair soulfully crooning: “You are solid/My solid rock.”
‘One Place Live’ has proved to Tasha Cobbs fans that she is here to stay. Her exceptional songwriting gift paired with power packed vocal ability makes her a force to be reckoned with. It’s evident that this Kingdom giant is prepared to put in the hard work in the natural and spiritual to bring listeners to encounters with and revelations of the Lord. Tasha Cobbs fans, you will not be disappointed by this album. Cobbs newbies, if you’re a lover of intimate, powerful, worship and crazy praise then you should definitely give this one a try!
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