13 Songs, 54 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This finely wrought work returns again and again to Phil Wickham’s vision of a joyful reunion with his Maker. Rather than relying upon stock worship music phrases, he invokes the world beyond this one in “Eden,” “In Your City” and the title track in fresh, vivid terms. He’s aided in this effort by Peter Kipley, whose nuanced production applies synthesizer washes over pulsating beats and acoustic guitar tones. The gamelan-like percussion opening “Cielo,” the fluorescent keyboard busts in “Hold On” and the swirling, ethereal textures surrounding the title tune are among the inspired touches found throughout the album. Wickham’s unmistakable voice — one of the most distinctive in modern Christian rock — is used with warmth and taste, conveying spiritual longing without resorting to emotional overkill. There are obvious corporate worship hits here, including “Your Arrival” and “I’ll Always Love You.” But it’s Wickham’s personal quest for unity with God that gives this album its remarkable glow.

EDITORS’ NOTES

This finely wrought work returns again and again to Phil Wickham’s vision of a joyful reunion with his Maker. Rather than relying upon stock worship music phrases, he invokes the world beyond this one in “Eden,” “In Your City” and the title track in fresh, vivid terms. He’s aided in this effort by Peter Kipley, whose nuanced production applies synthesizer washes over pulsating beats and acoustic guitar tones. The gamelan-like percussion opening “Cielo,” the fluorescent keyboard busts in “Hold On” and the swirling, ethereal textures surrounding the title tune are among the inspired touches found throughout the album. Wickham’s unmistakable voice — one of the most distinctive in modern Christian rock — is used with warmth and taste, conveying spiritual longing without resorting to emotional overkill. There are obvious corporate worship hits here, including “Your Arrival” and “I’ll Always Love You.” But it’s Wickham’s personal quest for unity with God that gives this album its remarkable glow.

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About Phil Wickham

Contemporary Christian singer/songwriter Phil Wickham makes passionate, faith-based rock music. Born in San Diego, California, Wickham was raised in a religious household along with his brother and sister. Wickham's parents, both musicians and former members of the band Parable, encouraged his musical interests growing up. In 2003, Wickham toured and released his self-produced debut album, Give You My World. In 2006, he signed with Simple/INO Records and released his sophomore self-titled album. A year later, he returned with Cannons, which was inspired by C.S. Lewis' The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and featured the song "Jesus Lord of Heaven." In 2009, Wickham's fourth album, Heaven & Earth, debuted at number four on Billboard's Hot 100 Christian Albums chart. In 2011, he released the album Response on Fair Trade Services, and in 2013, Wickham delivered his fifth full-length studio album, Ascension, a concept album inspired by Psalms 120 to 134, the so-called Psalms of Ascent. The following year, Wickham was forced to cancel a string of shows after experiencing pain and hoarseness in this throat. It was revealed he had developed a vocal polyp requiring surgery and a period of total silence. Wickham's medical scare and subsequent recovery inspired a musical and spiritual reawakening for the veteran singer, which could be heard on his uplifting sixth LP, Children of God. The album arrived via Fair Trade Services in early 2016. ~ Matt Collar

HOMETOWN
San Diego, CA
BORN
April 5, 1984

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