No tinsel, sleigh bells or figgy pudding on RESOUNDworship’s debut studio album Christmas Songs. Instead, this British songwriting collective formed in 2007 presents twelve original Christmas-themed worship songs that survived the gauntlet of group critique and an external theological panel.
In addition to the top-level musicianship by Troy Miller (Amy Winehouse, Laura Mvula), Dan Wheeler (Graham Kendrick, Tim Hughes) and Finnish lapsteel guitarist Lasse Sakara, the project features London School of Theology grads and faculty. Sam Hargreaves (BA TWM & Visiting Lecturer) along with Gemma White (BA TMW) and Joel Payne (MA & Visiting Lecturer) all contribute their musical expertise to this unique project
The project contains fascinating indie arrangements mixed and mastered to industry standards by the legendary Nashville engineer Shane D. Wilson. The songs of the project are diverse and creative enough in their style and tempo to keep you listening to the project throughout the holiday season. It is rare to find a Christmas album with all original content that is actually worth
listening to more than once. But each of these songs are singable with memorable melodies, and the charts for the songs are available at www.resoundworship.org making it easy to utilise in your own church context this Christmas.
Personally, my favourite tune was ‘In the Beginning’ with its bouncy rhythm, memorable hook and its biblical rooted lyrics from John 1. Additionally, ‘Listen to the Sound’ stirred me to let my own gospel song be heard while drumming along with fingers on my desk.
Though the project isn’t ground breaking musically, the songs have a broad appeal and are musically accessible. Many of these songs will make it into rotation at your church inspiring heart-felt worship for the Christmas season. If they don’t, then buy the project as a gift for your pastor, vicar, worship leader or musical director to be sure your congregation doesn’t miss out on these superb songs!
See more on the album at http://www.resoundworship.org/store/product/christmas-songs-cd
Dr. Jeremy Perigo
London School of Theology