Driven by the desire to gather college students to see a spiritual awakening happen all across the US and the world, the Passion Conference became reality in 1997. Featuring both amazing speakers and musicians, the conference has become one of the most popular and well known Christian conferences in North America.

The latest and 18th Passion album entitled, “Passion – Salvation’s Tide is Rising,” features Sixstepsrecord artists including Kristian Stanfill, Brett Younker, Melodie Malone, Chris Tomlin, Crowder, Matt Redman, and Christy Nockles. The album has skyrocketed to the pinnacle of the itunes top Christian Albums chart and on January 5th it held the number 3 spot on iTunes album sales right behind Adele’s 25 making it the most popular Christian act in the world.

Unlike the other Passion albums recorded in massive stadiums with 30,000 people singing at the top of their lungs, Salvation’s Tide is Rising is Passion’s first studio album. Louie Giglio, Passion’s founder, says that the reason Sixstepsrecords decided to record in the studio rather than live was so that Passion fans would not have to wait until March or April to have the songs they heard at Passion in January.


Compared to the last couple of Passion albums that carried about 18 songs each, Salvation’s tide is Rising boasts only 10 songs, 9 of them newly written. A creative album with some beautiful new anthems that I’m sure will quickly catch on in congregations all over the world. While the album lacks the enthusiasm and presence of a live album, in terms of content, the Passion 2016 album will not disappoint. Every song does exactly what it was intended to do; point us to the love of God and all that He has done, is doing, and is going to do for us all.

Album:  Salvation’s Tide Is Rising 

Artist: Passion

Genre: Praise & Worship

Label: SixStepRecords

Release Date: January 8, 2016

Our Score

The Roundup

“No matter if you listen to this album in the car, gym, or at work it will leave your soul filled with the love of Jesus.”


“Though there are fewer songs on Salvation’s Tide is Rising than their previous albums, the songs here are tighter, more focused, and more inviting as far as congregational worship is concerned.”


“Salvation’s Tide Is Rising, in a refreshingly simple way, takes us back to the roots of our hope in Christ; love, grace, surrender.”

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This review was written by Curtis Lumsden. For more information on Curtis, please visit our contributors page.


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