Joseph & Tosha Zwanziger
Husband and wife team Joseph and Tosha Zwanziger lead and write for The Father’s House church in Vacaville, California. The duo places emphasis on “presence driven worship” – evident in several breakout moments of spontaneous worship during their freshman album Shine On Us.
In an All Sons and Daughters vein, Tosha, Joseph and their team at The Father’s house echo shades of Jesus Culture mixed with hints of country/Hillsong fusion. Tosha brings a soft radiating sincerity, vaguely reminiscent of a young Susanna Hoffs (The Bangles), while her husband Joseph evidences the same fluid quality in his melodies that Bruce Hornsby captured listeners with on Mandolin Rain. (sans the grit).
The music has an overall quality not far off the beaten path of many modern worship teams such as the previously mentioned outfits – but the Zwanzigers add in a bit of the folksy side of things with subtle Dobro, flat top, and banjo instrumentation on many of the tracks. While Shine On Us, as a whole, embarks as a Gen-X style during the first couple of full tracks, it finds its groove with this near-Southern-style of music for the remainder. “King Of All” acknowledges the world worshiping around us – “all creation lifts its voice to your majesty,” slowly building to a worshipful anthemic climax, drawing the listener into a full-on upward cry of worship. “All Glory” as well as “You Are Beautiful” are songs expressing love and appreciation to our God. Both depart from the simple repetition of lyrics commonplace in much of today’s worship music and, instead, play out like a love letter in music.
Many of the songs on this album are congregation-ready and most all leave much room for the local church to add their own spontaneous worship within them.
A Little More:
While the duo focuses on the local church rather than touring, they are very much active in aiding the global worship community. From numerous worship-team-driven devotionals and books to a fully functioning online School of Worship (www.schoolofworshiparts.com), the duo hopes to provide resources for the church at large and those who lead worship within it.