Fellowship Creative "Running To Follow"
by David Bunce (cmaddict.com) on 2014-06-05 09:33:45

In a culture that emphasizes the importance of having followers, Fellowship Creative has produced an album that demonstrates the counter-cultural idea that being a follower is more important, if it’s Christ you are following. The title track “Running to Follow” states, “We got our eyes fixed forward and we’re not looking back…” and the whole album reflects the idea about pushing forward and running after Jesus.

With an overall upbeat track list, I could certainly imagine this album being the soundtrack for a young adult conference. Songs especially like “Never Be Without It” and “Magnify” have a repetitive but very catchy quality that will make you move, dance, and sing along with energy infused songs that declare a love for Jesus. This album resounds with not only diverse creativity, but a clear and distinguished focus on magnifying the Lord. A couple of songs seemed slightly outdated like “Future Back”, probably done in an intentionally creative intent to bring back some of the sounds of the past.

The majority of the album stylistically is an alternative/pop/rock sound resembling a good majority of modern Christian music. But there were plenty of creative and different moments to keep me interested in just about every track and the album engages the listener from start to finish.

Much as Hillsong Young and Free has contributed to modern worship recently, bringing more of an electronic-feel to worship. Fellowship Creative has brought their sound to produce more Christian music that encourages, uplifts, and energizes. Some of the creativity resembles that of another creative group… Rend Collective. Songs like “Jesus My King” and “Always Been About You” certainly reflect the various instruments and sounds and crowd involvement that produce a natural, indie sound that indeed feels personal and handcrafted. The quality of this album is superb and I really like this band’s sound!

Each band member of Fellowship Creative has such a heart for music and for God. The more I researched, the more this was very apparent. Not only are the instruments combined to create a high quality sound in every song, but the lyrics are well thought out and beautifully written. “The One I need” is one such example…

“This world, this beautiful world
Is still not enough for me; it's not my home
Instead I fix my eyes on the Maker of earth and skies
My Savior, who came and died and rose for me

And I will give my heart to the One who took my place
And I will lift my voice to the Name above all names

Jesus, Lord of Heaven
I give my life to thee
All else, I surrender
You are the One, the One I need”

Be sure to give this band a listen, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed!

Rating: 5 out of 5

Genre: Worship
Label: Fair Trade/Columbia
Release Date: May 13, 2014
Buy it: Amazon - iTunes

01. Glory In The Highest
02. Running To Follow
03. Future Back
04. Never Be Without It
05. Magnify
06. Jesus My King
07. Desperate For You
08. Home
09. Always Been About You
10. The One I Need
11. God Of The Rescue
12. The Everlasting
13. Beautiful

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