I do enjoy hearing new music! The new album (Released today!)by Christy Nockels: Let it Be Jesus was sent to me for review. I am not familiar with her, so was interested in hearing her work.
As this was a digital download, I did not have the benefit of having liner notes and lyrics, which tell me a lot about a song~ Lacking that I can only give you my impressions on the general "Feel" of the songs, I can't comment very well on the content without seeing it written down.
I do not typically listen recreationally to what is considered mostly contemporary worship music, in part because I find it to often lacks content, and is very formulaic. I have to say that this album follows that to a degree~ many of the songs have a soft start, build to anthem volume, bridge, and then die back. Taken individually each of those songs are good, but too much of a good thing all at once becomes a little much for me. If it weren't for the formula dynamics, I think this would be an album I would turn to on a regular basis, as there seems to be some good stylistic variety~ mountain tunes, rolling rhythms, driving beats, etc...
That being said, this is something that I wouldn't mind using as a background to getting work done. Also, even though I am not typically a fan of live albums, this is an extremely well done recording that doesn't come across as live which speaks to the musicianship of all those playing, and to Christy's vocals... very impressive.
I think my favorite song might be Jesus, Rock of Ages (7th track), which never reaches the "anthem build" of most of the other tunes, and is one of the more dynamically cohesive songs.
All in all, this is a very listenable album, although perhaps not as an "album" but interspersed amongst other selections, as I find the down/up/down/up/down dynamics to be somewhat exhausting taken as a whole.
As a worship leader for many years, she has been an integral part of Passion Conferences from its inception in 1997. She's seen first hand music sweep people into the presence of God in a powerful way. A pastor’s kid, who was born in Fort Worth and raised in Oklahoma, she grew up singing in church. She met her husband, Nathan, in 1993 at the Christian Artists Seminar in Estes Park, Co. They recorded an independent record with fellow worship leader Charlie Hall under the name Sons & Daughters that led to an invitation from Louie Giglio to participate in the first Passion conference in Austin.Christy can be found on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, and her album can be purchased on iTunes
Now that you've heard my opinion, and read a little more about Christy, you have the opportunity to win a digital copy of her album for you own~ where you can listen to it as is, or scatter her songs throughout your playlists. ;)