Album: Into the Light
Artist: Red Rocks Worship
Genre: Praise and Worship
Label: Red Rocks Worship
Release Date: December 18, 2015
Standout Tracks: “Into the Light”, “Fortress”
Red Rocks Worship is the musical collective that champions 13 weekend worship gatherings across four campuses for Red Rocks Church in Denver, CO. The church itself was launched 10 years ago in the back of a rundown theme park and has grown into a passionate community driven by a mission to “make heaven more crowded” by reaching the Denver metro area and beyond. Red Rocks Worship consists of seven worship leaders: David Anderson, Adaeze Azubuike, Jake Espy, Brinnae Keathley, Jerrica Matrone, Tyler Roberts, and Nicole Serrano. Their songwriting, vocal and musical talents collaboratively created Into the Light. This release is the follow up to The Rooftop EP, which debuted in 2014.
To be completely honest, this was my first exposure to Red Rocks Worship (RRW) and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. Their latest EP is a wonderfully uplifting record filled with praise, and it constantly directs the listener to the hope that we can have in Christ. The album hits the ground running with the title track, “Into the Light.” Almost instantly you are captivated by the catchy introduction held up by a driving drum beat. The lyrics of hope nicely compliment the celebratory feel of the song.
“Echo the Son” sings of living as Christ lived and prays that our testimony be all for the glory of God and His coming kingdom. On the heels of this tune, my personal favorite, is an anthem of hope and invitation, “Love Changes Everything.” A beautifully dynamic song singing of the death and resurrection of Christ and the invitation that comes along with this amazing truth.
As I listened to the closing song, “Fortress,” I admit that I was initially disappointed as I was hoping the album would end with the same energy that it started with. A lyrically strong song but I was wishing for more energy musically. Then came the bridge. “We will not be shaken, we will not be moved, our hope can not be taken, we fix our eyes on you.” Repeated again and again the energy builds and the album ends with just the feeling I was hoping for!
After listening to this album in its entirety, it is very plain to see that the songwriters had their eyes solely fixed on Jesus as they wrote and that they truly have hearts for the lost. If asked to sum up the album in a word that word would certainly be “hope”. The title of the record perfectly summarizes the reason that we have hope. The atoning work of Christ on the cross has brought the sinner out of darkness and into the light. If you do not already have this album you will certainly want to add it to your Christian music library as the truths proclaimed in it will certainly stir you to praise.
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