Sixstepsrecords latest release and ninth Passion project, Passion: Everything Glorious, (releasing April 4th) features new music and was recorded live at the Passion 06 gathering, held in Nashville, Tennessee on January 2-5, 2006, which drew more than 18,000 students from 50 states and 20 countries.
Produced by Nathan Nockels, (Watermark, Passion Worship Band, Charlie Hall, Matt Redman, etc.) the project does an outstanding job of not only leading listeners into the spirit of worship, but capturing the live feel of the event.
Passion: Everything Glorious combines the voices and songwriting of Chris Tomlin, David Crowder Band, Matt Redman and Charlie Hall, among others. The project showcases four new and exclusive songs, which can only be heard on Passion: Everything Glorious, including Tomlin’s “Glorious,” and “Party,” David Crowder Band’s “Everything Glorious,” and Matt Redman’s “You Never Let Go.”
While just about every song on this project could be considered a standout, my personal favorites (those songs where I found myself continually hitting the repeat button on my CD player) include every song by Charlie Hall “All We Need,” “Center,” and “We Are Yours,” Matt Redman’s “You Never Let Go,” David Crowder Band’s “You Are My Joy,” and Chris Tomlin’s “Glorious,” featuring Christy Nockels. Wow.
Honestly, this CD has not left the CD player since I got it a week ago. I think there are a couple of factors that make it so great. First, you have some of the top worship leaders in the world coming together on the same effort. Secondly, the quality of the songs combined with the worship and live elements, and thirdly, the selection of the songs. Among the selection, there are a few surprises including Chris Tomlin’s rendition of the traditional praise song, “How Marvelous,” (I Stand Amazed) along with his new rocking number, “Party,” and the Tomlin/Redman version of “Our God Reigns.”
Another cool part of this release is that if you happen to be one of the 18,000 plus who were in attendance while this project was being recorded, you somehow feel like you were a small part of Passion: Everything Glorious as you listen to it. Even if you weren’t there, you have probably been influenced by the passion movement or by one of these dynamic and influential worship leaders.While the effort is geared around the Passion movement, I think it is safe to say that it is possibly one of the best worship collaborations ever. The project’s messages, songs and influences surpass all kinds of boundaries. Listeners who hope to be touched, changed and ultimately want to worship and glorify God will welcome Passion: Everything Glorious. Well done.