Worship and Bow Down by John Michael Talbot on Apple Music

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Over 30 years ago, John Michael Talbot began his career as a Catholic folk troubadour with a musical interpretation of the Mass — now, with Worship and Bow Down, he returns to this theme with a deepened sense of artistry and spiritual vision. As both a veteran singer/songwriter and the founder of a monastic community, he brings a unique sensibility to his classically influenced compositions. Talbot is at the height of his powers, matching lyrics based upon sacred texts to melodies suggestive of church music from the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Worship and Bow Down embroiders its songs with evocative string and woodwind orchestrations, framing Talbot’s haunting tenor at the center of the album. While this song-cycle is best appreciated as a unified work, certain tracks stand out for their sheer beauty and intensity of feeling. “Hind’s Feet on High Places,” “Nothing Is Impossible” and “Hail Mary” have the resonance of ancient hymns, yet feel immediate. A series of a cappella chants – particularly “Lamb of God” – achieve a crystalline purity of emotion.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Over 30 years ago, John Michael Talbot began his career as a Catholic folk troubadour with a musical interpretation of the Mass — now, with Worship and Bow Down, he returns to this theme with a deepened sense of artistry and spiritual vision. As both a veteran singer/songwriter and the founder of a monastic community, he brings a unique sensibility to his classically influenced compositions. Talbot is at the height of his powers, matching lyrics based upon sacred texts to melodies suggestive of church music from the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Worship and Bow Down embroiders its songs with evocative string and woodwind orchestrations, framing Talbot’s haunting tenor at the center of the album. While this song-cycle is best appreciated as a unified work, certain tracks stand out for their sheer beauty and intensity of feeling. “Hind’s Feet on High Places,” “Nothing Is Impossible” and “Hail Mary” have the resonance of ancient hymns, yet feel immediate. A series of a cappella chants – particularly “Lamb of God” – achieve a crystalline purity of emotion.

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About John Michael Talbot

At the peak of his success, John Michael Talbot was the best-selling male performer in the history of Christian music. Born in Oklahoma City in 1954, he began playing piano and drums at the age of six, and later moved on to banjo, guitar and dobro. In 1963, the family moved to Indianapolis; there, Talbot soon made his professional debut as a member of his brother Terry's teen pop band, the Quinchords. The Talbot brothers later co-founded the country-rock band Mason Proffit, which earned a cult following prior to its 1972 breakup; the siblings continued working together, however, with their increasing spirituality pushing them towards contemporary Christian pop. After recording an eponymous 1974 LP as the Talbot Brothers, both went their separate ways; John Michael soon signed to Sparrow, his sound mellowing to combine with his tenor vocals and classical guitar playing. Talbot's first solo LP, a self-titled effort, appeared in 1975; after 1977's The New Earth, he withdrew from performing to study Catholicism, with these new beliefs informing 1978's The Lord's Supper and its follow-up, Come to the Quiet. In the years to follow, Talbot's albums arrived fast and furious, and soon he was the best-selling artist in the history of Sparrow Records. In 1992, he founded his own label, Troubadour for the Lord. ~ Jason Ankeny

  • ORIGIN
    Oklahoma City, OK
  • BORN
    1954

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