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For You From You [edit]
by Dan Macaulay | Genre: Praise & Worship | Release Date: April 03, 2012
 

Dan Macaulay's much-anticipated latest offering, From You, For You, is directly inspired by Romans 11:36, "For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever!" Writing or co-writing nine of the project's 10 tracks, ironically one of the most meaningful songs for Dan is the one he didn't pen.

"‘Breathe in Me' was written by Michael W. Smith and Wayne Kirkpatrick," Dan explains. "And yet it is still one of the most personal for me on the album. I can think of so many times those words have been my prayer." Taking an even more personal turn, Smith himself produced and plays piano on the powerfully moving track, which is a worshipful plea for renewed intimacy with the Father.

"Working with Michael W. Smith was definitely a highlight of making this album and a dream come true for me," Dan says. "I've been a fan for 23 years, and he has influenced my music greatly. They say you should never meet your hero because you'll be disappointed. We broke the rules and spent the day with a hero, and we were far from disappointed."

In addition to Smith's contribution, From You For You is helmed by some of Christian music's best and brightest. Keith Everette Smith (Chicago, Meredith Andrews), Nathan Nockels (Christy Nockels, Tim Hughes) and Bryan Lenox (Michael W. Smith, CeCe Winans) round out a list of acclaimed producers who helped bring to life the accessible melodies and message-driven lyrics that have become Dan's signature. From songs like "Your Kindness" and "Permanent," proving God's love even amidst our failures; to "Listening" and "In Awe," extolling His ultimate goodness; to the title track and "Win With Love," humbling reminders that we are to do everything for God's glory, the album broadly samples the unique and engaging praise & worship experience audiences throughout North America have come to love and expect from Dan for more than a decade now.

"I feel like there are many songs on this album that speak directly to today's climate," Dan says. "I've been leading ‘Saving Grace' for several years now as I travel, and I have had some fantastic ministry times surrounding this song. The line, ‘You've brought me this far, I know/You'll lead me all the way home/and Your faithfulness won't let me go' has been powerful in people's lives already. I love to take these moments and encourage people from Philippians 1:6 that ‘He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it!' What an encouragement that can be while people are walking through tough, uncertain times!"

Track Listing
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01. From You For You
02. Be Our Love
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03. Your Kindness
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04. In Awe
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05. Permanent
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06. Listening
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07. Breathe In Me
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08. Win With Love
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09. Amazing
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10. Saving Grace (Come Thou Fount)
11. Live Like You’re Free

Entry last edited by MarcusHathcock_NRT on 03.31.12

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Pointing to the One | Posted May 29, 2012
Award-winning Canadian worship artist Dan Macaulay releases From You, For You, inspired by Romans 11:36 that says, "For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever!" 
 
Each song reminds us that everything we have, do, and are is to bring glory to the One who created all things. Macaulay hopes this album will have a great impact on those who listen. 
 
"I believe God is using the uncertain to heighten our awareness of the One certain thing that we desperately need more than ever—Him," he said. "I'm just helping people see that, make the connection, and turn their focus on Him to carry them through."
 
Starting off the album with title track "From You, For You," strings and piano open the song as Macaulay's voice enters singing, "It's Your voice that called me from darkness, it's Your love that set me free!" With an upbeat feel, the song represents the theme of the entire album in the chorus: "The circle is complete when I use what You give to bring You glory... Everything I have and everything I've got is from You, for You, God."
 
The next few tracks are slower and more contemplative. "Permanent" includes a choir and strong drum beats as the chorus sings, "You're faithful through and through, no one compares to You, in You our heart's content, 'cuz Your love is permanent." This song is a great reminder that no matter what happens, God's love for us never changes.
 
"Breathe In Me," written by Michael W. Smith and Wayne Kirkpatrick is a personal favorite of Macaulay's. In fact, Smith produced and played piano on the track himself. The chorus sings, "So breathe in me, I need You now, I've never felt so dead within, so breathe in me, and maybe somehow You can breathe new life in me again." It's easy to understand why this track means so much to Macaulay and is such a powerful reminder of how much we need God.
 
My favorite track on the album may be "Saving Grace (Come Thou Fount)," which is a remake of the hymn we all know. Unlike some remakes, Macaulay doesn't change a lot and stays true to the original hymn for the most part. He does add a bridge that sings "You've brought me this far, I know You'll lead me all the way home and Your faithfulness won't let me go," which is very reassuring to those struggling with circumstances beyond their control.
 
Closing Thoughts:
Throughout From You, For You, it's clear Dan Macaulay has a passion for God's people to draw nearer to Him when their lives are filled with darkness. Fans of Mark Schultz might enjoy this album's musical style and the truth it speaks is very uplifting. We regularly need reminded that our lives aren't about us, they're about the One who made us.


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For You From You | Posted May 24, 2012
This release is very worshipful throughout and entirely focused on God and our response to and wonder of Him. Dan has a unique voice that is pleasant to listen to, and the lyrics for this album are very beautiful. Overall I really didn't feel the arrangements on the first half of the album really grabbed me though and the vocals could have used with a little more variety in their delivery as they seemed a little simplistic and repetitive at times. Suddenly I came to "Breathe in Me" and thought it was pretty good as it seemed to have the most depth in vocal delivery and actually felt like it took some risk and conjoured some emotion. The sweeping background music for this track was also very good and helped create an enjoyable song. The subsequent tracks on the album after "Breathe in Me" were actually enjoyable. A difficult album to review. The lyrics were amazing, the first half of the album was a little boring, but the 2nd half seemed to come alive in many ways.


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