With the girl-next-store charm of Kari Jobe, the vocal purity of Shannon Wexelberg, and an endearing sweetness all her own, Misha Goetz has an identifiable and unique creative voice as a worship leader that invites listening to—closely. Scripturally fluent, with interpretive depth and the ability to sing and write across genres, Misha Goetz declares God’s holiness, righteousness and goodness on her impressive solo debut Weight of Glory. Seldom does a worship artist write as well as they sing, or sing as well as they write, but Misha is ambi-gifted, and multi-talented. The congregations she has led in worship and concertgoers who have watched her grow up, occasionally offering a song on one of her father’s albums (worship artist Marty Goetz) or at a live performance, could see this coming. But for those new to her artistry, it will be a delightful surprise. The beauty of this album is that it is not all about Misha; it’s all about God. Each song resonates with a faith and maturity far beyond her 22 years. The title track “Weight of Glory” weaves Paul’s words in II Corinthians 4 with a hint of Hebrews into an evocative and encouraging song perfect for congregations (as is the opening track, “The Righteous One”). Misha’s lyrics draw from Scripture across Testaments, and she doesn’t settle for shallow theology. Lovely, compelling melodies abound: “Kedushah,” proclaiming God’s Holiness, a simple ascending chorus, which she sings in both Hebrew and English; the classic and semi-classical hymn “Be Still My Soul” (Von Sheigle/Sibelius); and “Aaronic Blessing.” The latter sung with her father and reminiscent of his beautiful balladry is the perfect finish to any service—and to Weight of Glory as its final track. But Misha won’t be defined by a style and deftly moves beyond her piano-driven ballads seasoned with strings to more ebullient pop-rock, such as “Cry No More (Joy Song)” and “For You Are Good,” the latter written with Mom Jenny and Dad Marty. The sweet “Ani l’Dodi (I Am My Beloved’s)” shares double duty as a Song of Solomon inspired love song to the Lord and the perfect wedding song. Best of all, Since Misha is her own executive producer, and has gotten the hang of funding her projects through Kickstarter, hopefully we won’t have to wait too long for the next one.
More: Appreciate Misha’s ability to spin sweet singable melodies that also have lyrical depth and scriptural clout, plus the balanced mix of congregational, devotional and special music.
Less: Restraint on the more uptempo pieces.