Music Review by Luchae Williams
With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, I love intentional gift giving. The 2018 Women of Worship compilation album, for example, would make for a great spoil! With songs that both inspire you and challenge you to leave your cares at the feet of Jesus, listeners are encouraged to experience the rest and peace that only the presence of God can bring.
The collection features 14 powerhouse tracks from some of today’s most popular female worship leaders such as Natalie Grant, Tasha Cobbs Leonard and Kim Walker Smith. I appreciate that every singer featured is renowned for both her gifting and the presence of God that she carries.
Passion Conference stalwart Christy Nockels opens with her catchy anthem, Marvelous Light from her album Life Light Up.
The vibey praise song is preceeded by worship music darling Kari Jobe’s midtempo track from her Majestic album, titled Keeper of My Heart. Jobe is featured twice on this compilation and I quite enjoyed her worship track, Speak To Me, too. The song changes the atmosphere and draws your attention to Holy Spirit, sharpening your ear as you intentionally build up your faith to hear from Him.
Other popular worship artists featured are Mandisa with her dance track, Overcomer and Dove award winner Lauren Daigle, with her catchy pop jam, Trust in You.
If deep worship is more your thing, you’ll be excited to learn that vocal power house Tasha Cobbs Leonard’s Fill Me Up (Live) is also featured on the album. Leonard released this version on her 2015 album One Place Live, and it has since grown in popularity.
Amy Grant’s Carry You is also featured, as well as two tracks from the soulful Nichole Nordeman. Nordeman’s Slow Down is the perfect Mother’s Day theme song. The track is an ode to her children, and paints the picture of a mother watching her babies grow up.
An exciting addition to the compilation is up-and-coming artist Riley Clemmon’s debut hit single, Broken Prayers. With a pop element, rich vocal and clever lyric, the song speaks about our God of redemption, who sees the beauty in our scars: “When I’m hurt, at my worst/You meet me there/Cause you see the beauty/In my broken prayers.”
All in all, I would rate the Women of Worship compilation a thoughtful and poignant addition to any Mother’s Day spoil. With chart-topping songs that feature powerful messages and beautiful reflections of worship, I give it a thumbs up!