David M. Edwards
Venerated worship leader and educator, David M. Edwards marks his newest release, Heart Full of Soul, with an unexpected yet absolutely suitable groove. Solidly placed in the gospel/neo-soul music category, Edwards’ new release is the best version of himself. But we won’t call it a complete revamp because there are elements of Edwards that you can always expect: solid lyrical content, songs saturated with Scripture, and beautiful—at times soaring—melodies, being among the most notable.
Some of the highlights, musically and lyrically, include the opening track. Complete with jazz piano and a full backing brass section, “I Love the Lord” is a psalm of rescue with a catchy beat and a singable chorus with an uptempo groove. But the richest vein of Heart Full of Soul comes halfway through the track list with the incredible back-to-back prayers of worship: “Heaven’s Prince of Peace” and “The Same Spirit.” The first is a ballad rife with tenderness as well as honor and praise to the Prince of Peace. The second ascends with the overwhelming truth of the living Spirit of God, the same Spirit that once raised our Savior, is living in us now. It seems the creative director of Regent University’s International Center for Worship gets what comprises music that is designed to encourage worship. Heart Full of Soul is both a lesson on how to compose worship music and an experience of worship you will treasure.
More: This is David M. Edwards as he is meant to be. The best and brightest release we have heard from this respected artist and worship leader.
Less: The only problem here will be if longtime followers miss the old Edwards style.