We’ve been waiting for over 20 years for this release, even if we didn’t know it. A pioneer of Christian music and a groundbreaking musical resource for the Church, Steven Curtis Chapman has released his first worship album, Worship and Believe. Chapman, a consummate songwriter, enlisted the help of some of today’s top worship artists on his first endeavor into the art of vertical prayer-song (Matt Maher, Matt Redman, Chris Tomlin, and members of Rend Collective), and the result is powerful music for individual worship and some song options to unite congregations.
As a shift from a focus on story songs to vertical prayers, Worship and Believe represents Chapman’s continual willingness to grow in artistry. He has led people through life in honest pursuit of following Christ in the everyday, and now he is leading people in more direct prayers. That said, not all of these songs will work in a congregational setting, but those that do (“We Believe,” “Sing for You,” “One True God”) will be solid additions to your worship prayer lists.
Sounds Like: There is still a good dose of guitar drive underneath the produced pop rock, which is what we would hope for from a Chapman release. Yet the album largely takes its cues from prominent mainstream worship production.
Most Singable: “Sing for You”
Strongest Biblical Content: “More Than Conquerors” (Rom 8)
The Whole Package: “We Believe”
– Jeremy Armstrong