Music Review by Luchae Williams
Fans of the Capitol Christian/Provident annual compilation album, Wow Hits, are in for a treat with their latest release, Wow Hits 2019. With an eclectic mix of songs, the album chronicles all the chart-topping worship tracks that have left their mark on the previous year.
As always, the double-disc compilation features only the best in popular Christian jams, including the likes of Mercy Me, Elevation Worship, Rend Collective, Mosaic MSC and the 2018 Dove Contemporary Artist of the Year, Tauren Wells, this time around.
Songs of hope
Mercy Me fans will be thrilled to find that the contemporary pop worship band’s hit, Grace Got You, made it to the top of the track list. The uptempo, spunky track has messages of hope and faith and features American hip hop artist, John Reuben. It is preceded by 2018 Dove Artist of the Year, Zach Williams, crooning his popular inspirational song called Fear Is A Liar.
We see quite a lot of action from some of the more popular big church worship ensembles on this collection. Hillsong Worship’s 2018 hit, Who You Say I Am, written by songwriting maven, Brooke Fraser, is one of the first big, church team songs on the album. The Australian-based church’s youth ensemble, United, features with the emotive So Will I which can be found on the youth band’s fifth studio album called Wonder.
I was excited to learn that powerhouse worship team, Elevation Worship — an extension of Steven Furtick’s Elevation Church — also made it onto the album, with their 2018 hit, Do It Again. This song has made quite a mark in worship circles, peaking at number six on the US Hot Christian Charts in 2018.
Another popular addition is the Mosaic MSC hit, Tremble, which made waves globally in 2018 for its bold statement and powerful chorus that simply says “Jesus, Jesus/You make the darkness tremble!”
One of the more mainstream faves, on the album is the Riley Clemmons pop song, Broken Prayers – a song that speaks about hope in the Lord.
Christian music darling, Lauren Daigle, offers her uptempo track called O Lord. This song, possibly one of my favourites, can be found on her debut album, How Can It Be. With a catchy melody and lyric that is easy to sink your teeth into, one can’t help but belt along with Daigle as she sings the hook: “I will stand my ground where hope can be found!”
Other tracks to look out for are Cory Asbury’s powerful worship song, Reckless Love and award-winning Tauren Wells with All My Hope and When We Pray.
The Wow Hits 2019 Deluxe Edition also includes the Tasha Cobbs and Matt Redman hit Gracefully Broken, Jeremy Camp’s The Answer and Blanca with her tongue-in-cheek track, Real Love, among others.
With a pretty well thought out mix of traditional praise and worship, to quirky and eclectic, this edition of Wow Hits is definitely one to get your hands on.