What's next for worship...
I've had the privilege to work alongside Chad for the last two years, so I know firsthand how much passion he put into this EP. Chad is a lover of art, music and worship, and he blends the three masterfully in this record. His voice is unique in the Christian realm. It's not your typical clean, "marketable" sound; rather, his voice is rugged and raspy, yet his range can soar with the best of them. "Mighty Fortress" is an original of his that he leads us in often at church. "Leeann" is a passionate ballad, written about his late sister who struggled like many with issues of self-image and addictions; one of the most powerful tracks on the EP, you can hear the longing for his sister to find hope in Christ. "Heavens Declare" is probably the closest you'll find to a "commercial" worship track with a chorus that is easy to catch on to, yet has more depth than you'll find in your standard tracks. "I Am Here" closes out the album on a high note; this song really shows the level of musicianship put forth into this recording.
It's hard to really pinpoint one specific genre to Chad's EP. It's got a good bit of Rock, a bit of Blues, a bit of Jazz, a bit of Soul. It's very atmospheric and ethereal at times, but can also be in your face with fuzz and distortion. In a sea of music that seems to all blend together, this EP is a breath of fresh air. If you're tired of the same old CCM worship, give this a listen; you'll be glad you did.
A fun ride in music- Chad style
Those who know or have worshiped with Chad know that he can take you to the thrown of God . . . and also rock your face off (not necessarily at the same time!) This EP represents a accurate and incredible cross-section of Chads style.
The beginning of the album sets the stage for a electric guitar wonderland, and leads into "A Mighty Fortress"- a great original song proclaiming and setting the stage for Chad's music. "Leeann" is a beautiful melodic tribute to his sister and his longing for her to find peace with her Creator- its deep lyrics make you think, and the catchy hook keeps you singing it throughout the day. "The Heavens Declare" is perhaps one of my favorites because it is just a straight up rockin' worship song that you can't help but sing along to. Finally, the album ends with a song called "I Am Here", and get ready because this song takes you for a ride. It begins somewhat somber and builds up to a incredible longing for God's presence. . . and then . . . it takes a psychedelic journey of pure "alt" rock jam to finish out the album.
The production and quality is very well done, and the musicians could hold their own with any major recording artist out today. There is no lack of creativity in this album, and I'm pretty sure there is something for everyone on this EP. Definitely a great offering, and I hope there is more to come.
Check it out, you will be happy you did.
Great collection of tunes
Not what I was expecting from a worship leader - way better. This collection of songs is more creative, has more thought and collaboration and authenticity poured into it than your average collection of CCM sing-in-church-on-Sunday songs. Love Chad's voice too. Hope he releases more! It's refreshing to heart some new talent in this often-boring genre!