Lifepoint Worship "Mountain / Valley" by Jon Ownbey (CMADDICT.com) on 2017-10-05 14:40:25
Mountain / Valley is the fourth release from Lifepoint Worship. Based out of Fredericksburg, Virginia, Lifepoint church is under the leadership of Senior Pastor, Daniel Floyd. Lifepoint Worship is a self-proclaimed “group of songwriters, worship leaders, and musicians using our gifts to serve Jesus though the vision God gave our Pastor for Lifepoint Church.”
Since Hillsong United’s first studio album Everday recorded in 2007, there has been a growing trend for larger church’s worship groups to release their own music. Beginning with global churches like Hillsong Church or Equippers Church these groups have been relatively successful given the initial fan base they have starting out. This is opposed to the traditional artist that can spend years touring and promoting to create interest and a fan base. The power of the internet has increasingly enabled a growing number of churches like Lifepoint to influence this genre. This has also blurred the lines between traditional church music ministry and the Christian music industry.
The album Mountain / Valley is composed of 12 praise and worship songs with a running time of 62 minutes. While it’s possible that a self-published album could lack the quality of a studio produced album from a big music label, this is not the case. From the start its evident that this is a group of talented individuals. The praise/worship genre of music has a specific purpose of bringing glory to the name of Jesus, and from the music, singing, and songwriting in this album its clearly done.
Lyrically and musically, this is a well-crafted album. This is not a rehash of older well-known songs but are original pieces that flow together to create a unique worship experience. There is a good balance of slower worship and some upbeat praise songs. The part that I enjoy most about praise/worship albums from different churches is the ability to hear how other people are coming in worship before God. It’s very easy to limit your experience by only hearing what your specific church is doing each week and not realizing how music and worship continue to grow and change.
The sound of this album is varied since this is produced from a music ministry team. Unlike a regular album there is more than one-person leading vocals throughout each of the songs. This adds to the music by allowing a greater diversity of style because the album doesn’t rely upon only a single vocal style. If you’re looking for a fresh perspective, this is a perfect addition to any praise and worship music collection.
Rating: 5 out of 5
Label: DREAM Worship Records
Release Date: November 10, 2017
Buy it: Amazon - iTunes
1. Lifepoint Worship - Better Than A Thousand 05:56
2. Lifepoint Worship - Paradise 04:03
3. Lifepoint Worship - Revival 04:06
4. Lifepoint Worship - Mountain / Valley 04:40
5. Lifepoint Worship - Power 06:07
6. Lifepoint Worship - Jesus 06:27
7. Lifepoint Worship - The Fire 05:34
8. Lifepoint Worship - Have Your Way 05:22
9. Lifepoint Worship - Through It All 04:35
10. Lifepoint Worship - Mighty River 04:19
11. Lifepoint Worship - Almighty 05:02
12. Lifepoint Worship - I Surrender 05:34