A music review by Luchae Williams
Maranatha! Music released their latest instalment in the Top 25 album collections and probably one of my favorites to date: Top 25 Gospel Praise Songs Decades. The 2-CD set is a compilation of Maranatha! Music’s best Gospel praise and worship songs, past and present. Featuring music from legends such as Johnathan Butler, Bishop Joseph Garlington and Morris Chapman, the collection hosts a plethora of Gospel music’s finest moments in worship, performed by voices of today.
The jazz infused Brand New Day by South African crooner, Johnathan Butler, kicks the album off. With a catchy rhythm and encouraging lyric, the track speaks about forgetting all your troubles and leaning on the Lord.
Butler features quite a few times on Disc 1 of the compilation. One of my faves, from the local worship leader is the praise anthem, Gonna Lift You Up. Everyone’s favorite worship ballad, Falling In love with Jesus, is also featured. Other Butler tracks included are worship songs I Love To Worship, We Need You and Love Never Fails.
If you enjoy sultry rhythm and blues, have a listen to the old school funky Let Me Be Like A Tree by Scott V Smith. The song speaks about Psalm 1:3; being planted by the rivers of waters, bringing forth fruit in due season. And if you’re looking to go even further back into Christian music history, check out Pass Me Not, which was originally arranged by Bishop Joseph Garlington. Complete with a church organ and a sing along quality, this melodic offering was originally released in 1985 but it certainly has not lost it’s depth!
Christian music legend, Morris Chapman is also featured a few times on the collection with tracks The Family Prayer Song (As For Me And My House), The Reconciliation Song and Jesus Your Name.
You might be familiar with Rick Found’s upbeat offering, Lord, I Lift Your Name On High. This golden oldie can be found on Disc 2 of the compilation. With a catchy hook and a verse that simply says “Lord I lift Your name on high/Lord I love to sing Your praises/I’m so glad You’re in my life/I’m so glad You came to save us” it’ll have you singing along in no time.
I quite enjoyed Yes, We All Agree, Joy, Joy, Joy and He Knows My Name by Gospel songwriting legend, Tommy Walker. Both have a choral element to it and are definite must listens.
If you’re looking for a compilation album that has an old school flavour, power packed with Gospel songs that have carried a whole generation from glory to glory, do check out the Top 25 Gospel Praise Songs Decades collection. While the sound definitely steers away from the more contemporary Christian genre that this generation is currently consumed with, it definitely brings a breath of fresh air and a depth to your worship time. I thoroughly enjoyed it!