Music review by Luchae Williams
Fans of the Kendrick Brothers movies (War Room, Courageous) will be pleased to know that the dynamic duo will be releasing their sixth faith-based film in South Africa and Nigeria on August 30. Titled Overcomer, the movie is based on a book with the same name, penned by the brothers, with an underlying theme that poses the question:”What do you allow to define you?”
The Overcomer movie soundtrack perfectly captures all the emotion and drama that you can expect to find in a feature film of this calibre. With music from the likes of Hillsong, Koryn Hawthorne, Casting Crowns and Zach Williams, this album is chock-a-block full of hits and has quickly become one of my favourite movie soundtracks.
Title cut and oldie, Overcomer by Christian songbird Mandisa, was quite an obvious addition to the album, in my opinion. The track, originally released in 2013, is an upbeat, praise song that exhorts “don’t quit/don’t give in/you’re an overcomer!”
I was so pleased to discover the gravel-voiced Koryn Hawthorne, who lent her song, Enough, to the soundtrack. The contemporary Christian singer adds flavour to the already-dynamic compilation with a fun, upbeat song that speaks about finding your identity in Christ. This was such a pleasant discovery and I found myself listening to the song on repeat.
Another song, featured on the compilation, that focuses on the theme of identity is Hillsong Worship’s Who You Say I Am. This congregational mid-tempo track has become a firm favourite in churches across the world, with lyrics that say: “Who the son sets free/Is free indeed/I’m a child of God/Yes I am!”
Christian crooner, Tauren Wells, also adds to the album with his song, Known. The stunning, acoustic guitar-driven backing, Wells’ silky smooth vocals and his tongue-in-cheek songwriting skill quickly made this one of my absolute faves!
Zach Williams adds his rock-meets-bluegrass sound to the album with a powerful track called Fear Is A Liar. This song is such an amazing ministry tool. It speaks about the lies of the enemy and how fear can “take your breath and stop you in your steps.” It is a brilliant addition to the soundtrack.
I was so excited to hear an almost-mellowed-down, gospel choir version of Lauren Daigle’s hit, My Revival, on the album. Performed by Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City Singers, featuring Lejuene Thompson, the blend of vocals and stripped-down production really adds another depth to an already powerful track! I love that they decided to add this version to the soundtrack.
Other tracks you can expect to find on the album include Tenth Avenue North’s Control (Somehow You Want Me) and Casting Crown’s Even When You’re Running. Bonray’s Wildfire is quite a fun addition to the soundtrack, with it’s funky Beach Boys-styled sound and catchy melody.
The Overcomer movie soundtrack also features a host of instrumental tracks, produced by Paul Mills, that added tone and depth to the actual movie. This gives you brilliant insight into the power of music and how the right soundtrack can add drama, intrigue and intention to each scene.
If you’re a Kendrick Brothers fan, you might want to get your hands on this album, as you prepare for the release of the Overcomer movie. It certainly is one to look out for!