Music review by Luchae Williams
Port Elizabeth-based worship ensemble Life Lyne are proud to share their testimony through recently released debut EP We Will Stand. The EP was recorded by Peter Pearlson and mastered by grammy award winning engineer Rob Burrell.
Wickus Prins (vocalist), Stanley Le Roux (bassist/vocalist), his brother Eon Le Roux (guitar/vocalist) and Ross Louw (drummer), say they penned each of the four original tracks on the album out of a place of trial and triumph.
“Every song on the new EP was inspired by events in our lives,” shared Stanley Le Roux.
“The miraculous manner of how God shaped us to do what we are doing is amazing. We all came from Christian homes with God-fearing parents but somewhere along the line lost our way. And the way God had saved us from that is our greatest testimony.”
The band was formed when Prins and the Le Roux brothers took to touring local churches as a vocal ensemble.
“As our passion for music ministry grew, we decided to plan our own concert.” The sold-out concert was a huge success and confirmed what had been stirring in their hearts — “we knew we were created for this very purpose.”
With worship and hosting the presence of God right on top of their agenda, the team thought that the name Life Lyne was fitting to their ministry.
“The name of the band represents who God has been to us, as individuals… a life line.” Le Roux said.
“We all went through our personal struggles and trials and through this ministry, while ministering to others, God touched us and changed us. Our Heart is to worship God and do it with all our might.”
Title track We will stand is testimony thereof. The song was written while Eon and Stanley were in a deep moment of worship together, after Stanley’s wife had lost her job due to illness.
“This song became our declaration to God in whatever circumstances we may face in the future,”he explained.
Since then, his wife’s health and their finances have been restored.
“I can sing God’s praises and testify to His promises!”
The upbeat song is a fitting album opener, with a catchy hook that says: “We will stand/We wait on You to bring us through/But until then/We will stand!”
I enjoyed the jazz-infused Where I belong, a mellow worship song that features an excellent display of musical prowess. With smooth vocals complementing the rhythmic, bluesy, band accompaniment, it’s the type of worship music one would enjoy getting into on a quiet Sunday afternoon.
A favorite on the album is the Afrikaans ballad, U is my Vader, a moving guitar piece that speaks about God the father, present in times of need. Featuring soulful vocals and melodic harmonies, this was one that spoke to my heart, without me realising it!
Eon Le Roux found refuge in Christ when he penned the album closer Step by Step in 2009 after his father passed away in a tragic car accident. The song speaks about surrender and holding on to the promises of God. Eon’s rendition is both touching and inspirational, as he speaks about laying every battle and trial at the foot of the cross.
Life Lyne’s We will stand EP is, through and through, a collection of stories that paint a picture of the greatness and faithfulness of God. And with the full album, and it’s growing repertoire of original music, in the pipeline, I can’t help but be excited to see what God’s going to do next! This is one to keep your eye out for.