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Discover new music with the latest and greatest Praise and Worship songs for 2013 from familiar faces to fresh new voices.
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Ultimate Worship 2013 brings you a compilation of the latest and the greatest praise and worships songs of a significant year in the development of Christian lyrics and music. In a most exciting twelve months, music fans have witnessed the emergence of Rend Collective as an increasingly influential sound, the first - and refreshingly original, CD from Tom Read of Worship Central Asia, and major new releases from established worship leaders including Ben Cantelon, Israel Houghton and Nikki Fletcher.
This essential addition to your ‘Ultimates’ collection brings you all the not-to-be missed highlights of established worship musicians and an introduction to new artists. This CD is your all-in-place, go-anywhere, front row seat at the best worship concert of the year. Buy for yourself and be ahead of the trend in contemporary music, or for a new fan as a way-in to the musical expression of Christian faith.
Ultimate Worship 2013 2CD by Various Artists was published by Kingsway in January 2013 and is our 14214th best seller. The ISBN for Ultimate Worship 2013 2CD is 000768515624.
The ‘Ultimate Collection’ brand is well its way to establishing itself with an outstanding reputation. Choosing the very best and assembling a well balanced and satisfying album, the compilers give you an authentic picture in sound of an artists heart and mind for communicating the gospel in lyrics and melody. Here’s what people say about other albums in the Ultimate catalogue:
The Stuart Townend Ultimate Collection:
“Toe-tappin' and full of great lyrics with love for the Father, this CD will be a valued addition to your worship collection. The words are poetry; the melodies will follow you around during your day. Highly recommended for yourself or for a gentle gift.”
The Tim Hughes Ultimate Collection:
“This collection conspicuously brings together a cavalcade of his better known songs from all his studio albums from his 2001 "Here I Am to Worship" to last year's "Love Shine Through." And for the avid fan who has own all of Hughes' music this may come as a disappointment; however, for the casual fan, this is an excellent investment. Here you get all his most notable hits all in one collection and there are a whooping 16 tracks to boot.”
The Matt Redman Ultimate Collection
“Purchased this for a birthday present for someone. Went down a treat, an album full of quality tracks.”
“This really is a must buy. Such a good CD to listen to or have playing in the background! Best part about it is that it's much more modern than most!”
“I bought this CD as my introduction to Matt Redman. I realised after I bought it that I knew quite a few of the songs from church, without realising it. There are some great tracks on here and my kids love singing along with it, too.”
Compiling a 'best of' album isn’t easy. It’s hard enough collecting the best work of just one artist, but gathering the best of an entire genre is an almost impossible task – simply because there is so much high quality material out there. You can be certain that you’ll leave out something that someone somewhere believes to be the best song of the year, or decade – if not ever.
So the compilers of the up and coming ‘Ultimate’ collection albums have set themselves a real challenge if they're going to maintain and build on the reputation already established with their ultimate collections of works by Stuart Townend, Tim Hughes and Matt Redman. So, have they succeeded?
Checking the tracks on this new CD against their original source albums gives you a clue to the thinking behind this collection. All the tracks come from original artist albums that are already established names, or are from new names that have made a quick and significant impact on the genre of praise and worship music. The compilers haven’t limited themselves to albums by single artists; they’ve also trawled the recordings from the big music and arts festivals of the year, including 'Soul Survivor' and 'New Day', for the new and enduring big hits from the big names.
'Soul Survivor' offer up 'Kingdom Come' – the 2012 title track, and 'New Day Live' donate the perennial ‘Bless the Lord’ from Matt Redman’s '10,000 Reasons' – without which no album worthy of the tag ‘Ultimate’ would be complete. Perhaps the big surprise is that there’s nothing by the Getty-Townend collaborative… but this is just one CD’s round up of ultimate worship songs. No doubt there will be more.
Perhaps the high points of this first ultimate worship collection are the fresh new sounds from the up and coming bands and worship leaders. For me, the album’s worth having simply for including Tom Read’s ‘Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep’ from his debut album, 'Compass', made popular with its highly creative and entertaining video.
I probably should add the comment: ‘other compilation worship music albums are available’, which of course they are, and it’s hard to say what’s ‘ultimate’ about this ultimate collection. But that’s because collections are by nature selective and personal. For this reason, it would be hard to say that any one compilation was, in any measurable way, better than another.
The question, ‘is it better?’ is probably not the one to ask. The question ought to be: ‘Is it a dynamically balanced collection?’ which it is, making it a worthwhile all-in-one collection for the car, kitchen or as a gift. Then there’s the subsidiary question: ‘Does it have a balance of songs that I know, and songs that are likely to be new to me?’ That depends on how much you know; but I think the answer is probably still a qualified ‘yes’. And with its consistent brand image and CD sleeve-art, ‘Ultimate’ is defintitely the brand to watch… along with the others, of course! - Les Ellison
With compilation albums, it’s good to know where the collected tracks come from – especially when you want to hear more by a particular artist. Here’s a rundown of the songs, singers, songwriters and their CDs for the tracks on ‘Ultimate Worship 2013’.
• 1. Giving You My All – Soul Survivor & Momentum
(From Kingdom Come by Soul Survivor Live 2012)
Renowned for supplying the youth of Britain with energetic and passionate worship, year on year, Soul Survivor always lead the way. A punchy, youthful opener – ‘Giving You My All’ filled the big top on Shepton Mallot in 2012 with a tuneful, dancing melody worthy of starting any complilation.
• 2. At Your Name – Worship Central
(From Spirit Break Out – Worship Central)
Perhaps one of the defining moments in British worship in 2012, Worship Central filled the HMV Forum with modern, electronic and intense worship. Written by Tim Hughes and Phil Wickham, ‘At Your Name’ has become a favourite in many congregations.
• 3. God My Rock – Brenton Brown
(From God My Rock CD by Brenton Brown)
Live worship recording with thousands of worshippers. Some new tracks and some old favourites in collaboration with worship leaders ranging from Paul Baloche to Ken Riley to Tim Hughes.
• 4. 10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord) – Newday
(From We Are Yours by Newday Live 2011)
The New Frontiers key youth event brings together over 6,500 young people to worship together. ‘We Are Yours’ captured all that was great about the 2011 event – which needed a great song, and what better than ‘10,000 Reasons’; the song that deserves a place on practically all live worship CDs
• 5. Revelation Song – Various Artists
Covered by many worship band all over the world, ‘Revelation Song’, written by Hillsong, is biblically rich with imagery and scripture pour out. It has a meditative nature that encourages reflection and heart-felt prayer.
• 6. Great The Name – I Am Future
(From I Am Future CD by I Am Future)
The soundtrack to faith, hope, and the future of our nation. This band has been empowering young people all over our nation to stand up and praise our God. With powerful guitars and soft acoustics, 'I Am Future' bring a fresh challenge to your faith.
• 7. All To Him – Desperation Band
(From Center of it All by Desperation Band)
A student ministries band from New Life Church, in Colorado Springs, Desperation Band are best known for their worship song ‘I Am Free’. With this being their tenth year as a band, they continue to bring challenging, heartfelt lyrics into the global worship sphere.
• 8. Do It Again – Planetshakers
(From Heal Our Land by Planetshakers)
This earth-shattering worship band have rocked the global worship scene with their double bass-drum thumping, guitar , catchy lyrics and melodies that many call – awesome. ‘Do It Again’ is the title track from their best-selling album, ‘Heal Our Land’.
• 9. We Are The Free – Soul Survivor
(From We Are The Free by Soul Survivor Live 2011)
Written by the legendary British song writer and Soul Survivor veteran, Matt Redman, ‘We Are The Free’ is nothing short of an anthem! It belongs on the festival field, to be sung be a crowd and cranked up loud on your stereo system.
• 10. Build Your Kingdom Here – Rend Collective Experiment
(From Homemade Worship By Handmade People by Rend Collective Experiment)
Made up of about 15 young Irish men and women who share two passions: God and music, Rend Collective present a range of genres from rock to folk. Songs contain themes of redemption, devotion and celebration free from the trappings of commercialism and celebrity.
• 11. Spirit Break Out – Worship Central
(From Spirit Break Out by Worship Central)
Song with incredible power and passion by the Worship Central Crew. The atmospheric, slow-burning song that swells into something spectacular. It ushers in God’s presence, His spirit and His kingdom, and has been used all over the world in spirit-led worship.
• 12. Jesus At The Centre – Israel Houghton
(From Jesus at the Center: Live Audio CD by Israel & New Breed)
Jesus at the Center is the first live recording in 5 years from Israel & New Breed since their critically acclaimed Grammy award-winning album, A Deeper Level. The pop ballad “Jesus at the Center”, is a rousing number; worshipful and impassioned.
• 13. Elim Sound – Trust In The Lord
(From Sound of Hope by Elim Sound)
The worship band for Elim have started to release their recording and orginal songs to the mainstream market. ‘Trust In The Lord’ is a beautiful musical Psalm that has clear scriptural depth that makes it perfect for devotional listening and prayful driving.
• 14. Strong God – Desperation Band
(From Center Of It All CD by Desperation Band)
Originating as a student music ministry, now grown into an international worship favourite, intimate worship ballads, dance-friendly electro-pop, and driving modern rock, lend a sonically diverse sound to sincere worship.
• 15. Here For You – Soul Survivor
(From We Are The Free by Soul Survivor Live 2011)
Another Matt Redman track from 10,000 Reasons, the best-selling album from 2012, ‘Here For You’ is a song of jubilant welcome, strangely placed at the end of Disc 1.
• 1. Guardian – Ben Cantelon
(From Everything in Colour CD by Ben Cantelon)
Ben Cantelon’s technically strong third album calls you to appreciate the true beauty of the world in contrast to living a life in only black and white. The album offers fresh interpretations and sounds that make a call to worship and discipleship.
• 2. Your Love Never Fails – Chris McClarney
(From Love Never Fails by Chris McClarney)
Made famous by Jesus Culture when it reached an astonishing 8.5 million views on YouTube, ‘Your Love Never Fails’ has encouraged, enriched and inspired faith in our generation. With playful, poetic lyrics and a chorus that breaks the darkness with God unfailing love; this is the worship song of the decade.
• 3. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep – Tom Read
(From Compass CD by Tom Read)
Fresh, sensitive and upbeat offering of the new sound of Tom Read - leader of Worship Central: Asia and music worship leader at The Vine Church, Hong Kong. A new sound with a new take - well produced harmonies underpin intelligent and thoughtful song-writing.
• 4. The Same Love – Paul Baloche
(From The Same Love by Paul Baloche)
New album that followed on from 'Glorious’; includes thirteen songs by other accomplished songwriters. This internationally renowned worship leader also authored 'The Worship Series': a brand new set of DVD teaching resources to equip worship leaders and teams.
• 5. Draw Me Close – Nikki Fletcher
(From All Glory by Nikki Fletcher)
Originally a worship leader from Worship Central's Australian team, now a resident worship leader at Holy Trinity, Brompton, London. The album features songs co-written with Tim Hughes and Martin Smith, and features the title track 'All Glory' from the album, Spirit Break Out.
• 6. Your Presence Is Heaven (Studio Version) – Israel & New Breed
(From Jesus At The Center by Israel & New Breed)
Grammy Award-winning gospel legend, Israel Houghton, joined forces with his good friends, New Breed, and performed the live worship event of 2012. The double CD captured every electrifying moment, including ‘Your Presence Is Heaven’, a gospel power ballad with strong lyrics.
• 7. Hear The Sound – All Sons & Daughters
(From Season One by All Sons & Daughters)
The Nashville worship duo, with a talent for combining beautiful harmonies and melodies to make fragrant worship, capture the thoughts, emotions and sounds of their local church & put them into songs creating the soundtrack for that journey.
• 8. Creation Sings – Stuart Townend
(From Stuart Townend Ultimate Collection by Stuart Townend)
Our favourite modern hymn-writer, Stuart Townend has filled the British church with faith-fueled worship that’s worth of Sir Isaac Newton himself. ‘Creation Sings’ is the chirpy track led by a bango, accompanied by an Irish whistle.
• 9. You Are My Vision – Rend Collective Experiment
(From Handmade Worship By Handmade People by Rend Collective Experiment)
The foot stomping, folk-tastic worshippers from Ireland have grown to national recognition with their unique style that’s captured own imaginations. Their rendition of ‘You Are My Vision’ is both respectful to the classic hymn and a wonderful re-mix that will make anyone smile.
• 10. Great I Am – Jared Anderson
(From The Narrow Road CD by Jared Anderson)
Hugely popular across America, this is the song that sees Jared Anderson becoming popular in the UK as a great worship with much to offer the Church.
• 11. Sovereign Over Us – Aaron Keyes
(From Dwell by Aaron Keyes)
Aaron Keyes has the ability to blend deeply Biblical truth with rhythmic, modern beats and ‘likable’ sounds. ‘Sovereign Over Us’ is testament to this ability, a great way to soak in God’s truth.
• 12. Case Crayenord – Saviour’s Song
(From Running Into Love by Case Crayenord)
Capturing the passion narrative in song – ‘Saviour’s Song’ musically spells out Jesus, God made flesh. Case Crayenord, the Dutch worship leader, has a soft and natural voice, much like Tim Hughes. Rich in theology and simplistic to learn, play and sing, we can see this becoming a popular song for congregations.
• 13. God Is Love – Nick & Becky Drake
(From Unique by Nick & Becky Drake)
Combining open-hearted theology with high-energy fun, Nick & Becky Drake lead worship at New Wine Conference for families. But that doesn’t mean adults won’t like this song, as ‘God Is Love’ has become a favourite across the nation.
• 14. Manifesto – The City Harmonic
(From I Have A Dream by The City Harmonic)
The City Harmonic create a musical journey, with lyrics that point to the wonders of our God combined with sweeping melodies and infectious choruses that will be replayed in your mind over and over again. ‘Manifesto’ crystallizes the Lord’s Prayer in an infectious song you’ll love.
• 15. Be Exalted – Ben Cantelon
(From Everything in Colour CD by Ben Cantelon)
He started this Disc, so he’ll finish. Canadian Ben Cantelon has worshiped up and down the country and is considered a national for the wonderful service he provides. His worship songs hold intimacy, such as ‘Be Exalted’, that guides hearts to God’s presence.
This essential addition to your ‘Ultimates’ collection brings you all the not-to-be missed highlights of a great year in praise and worship music. In a most exciting twelve months, music fans have seen the emergence of Rend Collective as an increasingly influential sound, the refreshingly original CD from Tom Read of Worship Central Asia, and major new releases from established names, including Ben Cantelon, Israel Houghton and Nikki Fletcher. Ultimate Worship 2013 gives you a front row seat at the best worship concert of the year and a ticket to introduce another to the sounds of the Christian faith.
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|Author / Artist||Various Artists|
|Publisher||Kingsway (January 2013)|
|Page last updated||25th September 2014|