A music review by Luchae Williams
Born and raised by Portuguese parents in Johannesburg, South Africa, Jessica Dalla Torre believes that her family’s passion for praise and worship inspired her lifelong love of worship and music. The songstress released her debut album, Into Your Heart, in May 2018. With a central theme that points the listener back to the Father’s heart, Torre’s prayer for the album was that it would help listeners to have a deeper connection with God.
This commitment to drawing the lost back to God was also the driving force behind the Into Your Heart Foundation. The foundation serves impoverished communities, assisting underprivileged, neglected and abandoned children through worship events and outreaches. Torre hopes to fund more outreaches to smaller churches in these communities through funds raised from her family jewellery range sold on her website.
Proceeds from her album is also used to fund the Into Your Heart Foundation.
Into Your Heart
The album’s title track, Into Your Heart, was inspired by a dream that, Torre believes, gave her a revelation of the heart of God. She shared this dream with Nashville producer, SA born Danile Ornellas, and together they penned the catchy, contemporary worship song. “I saw God’s heart as it fed and gave life to a tree which signified His people. The people that accepted Him flourished and grew, and in the dream the branches extended as this happened. We as the body of Christ, are all connected to each other as branches in the tree. It doesn’t matter what state our life is in we can always be restored by God, just as a tree blossoms after a long winter.”
Contemporary worship track, One Thing, is a piano driven ballad that speaks about keeping your eyes locked on the Lord. I really appreciate Torre’s gorgeous voice as she drives the message home.
Your Heart For Me is a worship track with a powerful chorus that says: “You never doubt Your love for me/Where I see shame, You see beauty!” My favorite moment on the track is the bridge, that simply says “You’re good/So good to me!” with Torre’s stunning vocal shining as she crescendo’s. What a powerful reminder that God is faithful and He is always so good to us!
You Want My Heart and Go Where You Want To Go are the only two mid tempo tracks on the album. Other notable songs includes I’ll Never Leave You, which was written with Garner Macgregor and Torre’s father, Amadeu Lourenco. The song is written as a love song from the heart of God, speaking to His children. Torre explains: “The message is that no matter the trials and pains we experience, Jesus never leaves us. The message of hope and faith is that no matter what we’ve done or how we feel He is always carrying us.”
The songstress also covered Kari Jobe’s Forever, Bethel’s Ever Be and Lauren Daigle’s How Can It Be for this album. She explained that the tracks where chosen with purpose and that she could identify with the message of each. You’ll also find a cover of Brazilian song, O Senhor e’ bom by Nivea Soares, on the album. It is translated to English (The Lord is Good) and is a mellow worship song with a strong theme.
Worship-loving South Africans will be pleased to get their hands on an album that was birthed in the heart of one of their own. Torre has an impressive vocal ability that is able to hook you and keep you listening, as you receive revelation through her songs. I enjoyed this one.