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North Point Live: Here & Now

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North Point Live: Here & Now is the 5th live worship album from one of the most exciting and influential churches in America today. Known for stirring up an electrical worship-storm, North Point’s live albums are on the cutting edge of modern worship. Here & Now features all of North Point’s best song writing talents, including:

·    Dove Award-Winner – Seth Condrey
·    Casey Darnell (Coming Alive)
·    Eddie Kirkland (Kings & Queens)
·    Todd Fields (Todd Fields)
·    Candi Pearson Shelton
·    Lizi Bailey
·    Jared Hamilton
·    Ryan Stuart

Recorded live at North Point Community Church, this highly-anticipated album is both energetic and calming, worshipful and reflective, poetic and anthemic. Most of all, Here & Now is a solid worship album which will undoubtedly capture worship leaders imaginations, congregations hearts and surge through students headphones on full blast.

North Point Live: Here & Now by North Point Live was published by EMI in October 2012 and is our 39116th best seller. The ISBN for North Point Live: Here & Now is 5099995681221.

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Publisher's Description

Almost three years after releasing North Point Live: Awake, which made it’s debut at #1 on the iTunes Christian & Gospel chart, North Point Music returns on October 9 with North Point Live: Here+Now. Recorded live at a worship event at North Point Community Church, Here+Now features Dove Award-winner Seth Condrey, Casey Darnell Eddie Kirkland, Todd Fields, Candi Pearson Shelton (Glory Revealed), and Lizi Bailey.

Produced by Nathan Nockels (Laura Story, Passion, Matt Redman), this much-anticipated album is the third live worship CD from the label, following previous releases North Point Live (2006), North Point Live: Louder Than Creation (2007), and North Point Live: Awake (2009).

Led by best-selling author, communicator, and pastor Andy Stanley, North Point Ministries is one of the fastest growing and most influential Christian organizations in America. With five Atlanta-area churches, North Point Ministries brings together almost 30,000 adults each Sunday. In addition, the church has strategic partnerships with over 30 churches domestically and internationally and the ministry receives over 1.8 million requests for broadcast content each month.

In Brief: Eden Video Transcript

­“Here & Now is a live worship album from American Mega-Church, North Point. Recorded live at a worship event in their home church, North Point Live continue to build upon a sturdy reputation by generating electrically charged worship everyone can worship to.”

“Here & Now is their 5th live album, offering you new and old songs by a wide range of worship leaders including Eddie Kirkland, Lizi Bailey and Casey Darnell. Look out for ‘When the Waters Rise’, an affirming song to uplift and encourage, and the title track ‘Here & Now’, an all-inclusive anthem for today’s church.”

Endorsements

“This album is balanced, God-centered, packed with feeling, scriptural truth, doxological richness, and lyrical depth.” – Andrea Hunter, Worshipleader.com, review of previous album (No One Awake).

“North Point’s album will certainly propel this music ministry to similar critical acclaim akin to Jesus Culture or the ever-reliable Hillsong or Passion band.” – Jonathan Andre, Indievisionmusic.com, review of previous album (No One Awake).

“Awake is an adrenaline-filled, spiritually-infused good time.” – Garrett DeRossett, Jesusfreakhideout.com, review of previous album (Awake).

“I love these songs. We sing many of them at our church.” – Kara, Amazon.com, comment on previous album (Awake).

“These are incredible worship leaders and the album is full of energy and "worship in the car or wherever you may be" goodness.” – theberad, Amazon.com, comment on previous album (Awake).

Eden Article:Album Highlights

With 14 tracks on the album, Here & Now has plenty to offer you. Read on to find out what.

Track 2. Here & Now

Written by: Eddie Kirkland

Lyrical Analysis: Bass drum thumping, this song is a mixture of ‘We Wanna’ and ‘Let Your’. Every line in the verses begin with ‘We Wanna’, painting a vast picture of the church’s potential – “We wanna be a church where freedom reigns / We wanna be a people full of grace / We want to be a shelter where the broken find their place.”

After setting the scene, the chorus rains down the colours of God’s goodness with each line beginning with ‘Let Your’ – “Let Your mercy rise / Let Your hope resound / Let Your love in our hearts be found / Let Your grace run free / Let Your name bring peace / Heaven come in the here and now.” This song is inclusive, far-reaching and an instant hit.

Church Uses: Although quite pacey, the words are memorable and poetic making this song both singable and hard-hitting. Probably the best worship song on the entire album.

Track 4. When the Waters Rise

Written by: Casey Darnell (inspired by Isaiah 43)

Lyrical Analysis: With excellent use of imagery, this song seems much like a modern Psalm. Inspirational throughout, the words help the worshipper to live in God’s strength through whatever difficulties they may be facing. Best of all, this worship song is super simple to learn. 

“When the waters rise around me I am safe / In the valley Lord you are near always / You have me surrounded by your grace / When my strength is gone I won’t be afraid you are with me always.”

Church Uses: Another solid worship song, we think When the Waters Rise could take off in Britain and help congregations to draw near to the only one who can save.

5. Our First Love

Written by: Lizi Bailey (inspired by Revelations 2:4)

Lyrical Analysis: “Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.” – Revelation 2:4.

A challenging song, the lyrics are sharp and honest reflecting this verse from revelations. ‘First Love’ shines through again and again, reminding the listener of our human nature and our need to repent.

Church Uses: A great reflective song to get a group of people to really think about repentance. 

10. Revelation Song

Written by: Jennie Lee Riddle

Lyrical Analysis: Sung by Candi Pearson Shelton, this popular worship song hits all the right notes. It captures the experience of lifting your eyes to heaven and peeking into the Holy of Holy’s. Covered by Jesus Culture, Hillsong and Kari Jones (and now North Point Live), the powerful and worshipful song belongs to everyone.

Church Uses: This cover is nothing special, but if you’ve never heard it before is a wonderful introduction that will captivate and infest your worship.

Eden Article: Here & Now & Who & What?

With 5 live albums under their belt, North Point Live are building some serious worship momentum and show no signs of hitting the breaks. Their latest album, Here & Now, is like a diamond-crested raging bull – its knocks you off your feet by its stampeding force and leaves you breathless by its beauty.

Still fairly unknown in the UK, North Point are fast becoming the biggest worship movement in America thanks to some great song writing and committed members. So what have we missed out on?

Here?:

Where is here?

Here is Atlanta, in Georgia (for those who struggle with your American States, Georgia is above Florida, named after King George II of England, known as the Peach Country and home land of R.E.M. and Coca-Cola). North Point Community Church has become the 2nd largest mega-church in the United States, led by author and speaker Andy Stanley.

With an attendance of over 24,000 people between 5 ‘campuses’ every week, the huge church reaches and preaches to a large demographic and geography. Their record label, North Point Music, even release Spanish versions of popular albums. North Point Live (to date) have released five live albums, each one gaining them credibility.

Now?:

So what’s happening now?

Perhaps the greatest achievement for North Point Live is leading the worship at the 2012 Catalyst Leadership event. Internationally recognised and well-attended by all the big names, Catalyst is organised and run by the giants of leading churches to teach church leaders everywhere.

Eddie Kirkland and the band stepped out in front of thousands of church leaders to sing their songs. As a result, his face and voice is now known across America. But if Eddie was to walk onto the Spring Harvest or New Wine worship stage, the British crowds would probably think Simon Pegg has taken a dramatic career change.

Good Variety:

Here & Now is an album that embodies variety. I don’t mean the cringe-worthy variety acts from cheap beach resorts; I mean a healthy balance of music for all-age worship. 

The album starts strong with 3 lively tracks that get your heart pounding. With a 2 minute intro, the album could be considered to be more performance-based than worship-based. But ‘Here & Now’, ‘Almighty God’ and ‘When the Waters Rise’ all contain powerful and active lyrics that will speak into a congregation and individual’s lives.

Then the brakes are applied, and the piano takes over. ‘Our First Love’ and ‘One Thing Remains’ are poetic with elements of reflection and adoration. Then ‘Sacred Invitation’ and ‘Glory to the King’ kick in keeping your interest with solids beats and a rich, all-consuming sound. The next 3 tracks bring the tempo back but keep the passion, rising and falling in volume.

‘Only You’ feels chirpy and bouncy, easily becoming the latest song to get stuck in your head. And finally the album is rounded off expertly with the belting anthem – ‘Our Great God’, and the calming piano ballad – ‘You Alone’.

Leading the Way:

Worship bands often trend, they rise in popularity but then get stuck in a rut releasing samey material.

North Point Live seems to be leading the way, growing fast and gaining momentum with each album while avoiding the infamous ‘rut’. They have a stand-out sound – versatile, riff-driven worship – but unlike the American crowd, they are yet to find a following here in the UK. They’ve got all the ingredients present in their worship, all they need is a marketing push and their UK fan-base could potentially explode.

We think in the next few years, North Point Live could become as big as other international Christian bands such as Jesus Culture or Hillsong. And North Point Live: Here & Now could be the live album we all look back on as their launch pad in the UK.