"The Ascension" by Phil Wickham on iTunes

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Phil Wickham’s voice is a remarkable instrument, at once sensitive and commanding, embodying the sort of spiritual rapture his lyrics celebrate. Drawing on the theme of pilgrimage within Psalms 120 to 134, he fills The Ascension with a sweeping reverence that reaches out to believers across cultural boundaries. Wickham’s latest work could be called a worship album, though it takes a more intimate approach than is typical with such projects. He strikes an inspiring keynote with the folk-slanted title tune and continues in an uplifting vein with the buoyant “Holy Light” and the grandly melodic “Carry My Soul.” “This Is Amazing Grace” has the appeal of a natural radio single, while “When My Heart Is Torn Asunder” and “Wonderful” are praise numbers suited to congregational settings. Wickham stretches his sound to embrace techno dance beats on “Over All”; then he shifts to more familiar turf with the delicately acoustic “Mercy.” “Thirst” shows off the singer’s silvery falsetto to full advantage as he offers a final hosanna to the Savior.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Phil Wickham’s voice is a remarkable instrument, at once sensitive and commanding, embodying the sort of spiritual rapture his lyrics celebrate. Drawing on the theme of pilgrimage within Psalms 120 to 134, he fills The Ascension with a sweeping reverence that reaches out to believers across cultural boundaries. Wickham’s latest work could be called a worship album, though it takes a more intimate approach than is typical with such projects. He strikes an inspiring keynote with the folk-slanted title tune and continues in an uplifting vein with the buoyant “Holy Light” and the grandly melodic “Carry My Soul.” “This Is Amazing Grace” has the appeal of a natural radio single, while “When My Heart Is Torn Asunder” and “Wonderful” are praise numbers suited to congregational settings. Wickham stretches his sound to embrace techno dance beats on “Over All”; then he shifts to more familiar turf with the delicately acoustic “Mercy.” “Thirst” shows off the singer’s silvery falsetto to full advantage as he offers a final hosanna to the Savior.

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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5

333 Ratings

First Review

<(^)316,

Its Phil Wickham... Need i say more 😉

Amazing

Dan Kazanjian,

Phil is one of the best true worship leaders. Another great album!

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

  • ORIGIN
    San Diego, CA
  • BORN
    Apr 5, 1984

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