Jesus Culture Music introduces British Columbia-based worship leader and songwriter Heather Clark with Overcome, an 11-track, live recording available on Kingsway June 19.
Known for her intimate lyrics and passionate worship, that have earned comparisons to Rita Springer and Kim Walker-Smith, Clark crafted Overcome to bless both congregations and individuals alike with its range of high praise moments and slower points of longing and pursuit.
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Heather Clark [Overcome]| Posted June 15, 2012 Jesus Culture Music introduces British Columbia-based worship leader and songwriter Heather Clark with Overcome, an 11-track, live recording available on Kingsway June 19. Known for her intimate lyrics and passionate worship, that have earned comparisons to Rita Springer and Kim Walker-Smith, Clark crafted Overcome to bless both congregations and individuals alike with its range of high praise moments and slower points of longing and pursuit. Recorded at BethelChurch in Redding, California, and produced by Jeremy Edwardson, Overcome features 10 original songs written by Clark along with a stirring version of “How Great Thou Art.”
I’m very impressed by her powerful vocals which remind me of the other passionate female Jesus Culture singers, Kim Walker-Smith, Kristene DiMarco and Steffany Frizzell, as well as mainstream singer Sarah McLachlan. Overcome opens with a great upbeat invitational song, “Come In,” which has piercing and sincere vertical lyrics perfectly setting the tone for this great album: “I have come to greet the King, I have come to give myself in total abandonment, I’ve come to lay down all that holds me back from You, I’ve come to lay down all that holds You back from me.” Amen to that! The album has a mesmerizing, contemplative vibe and every song invites the listener to join in with Heather as she praises our Savior and Lord Jesus with all of her heart and soul. “Overcome” captivates me with the completely biblical and confessional lyrics: “I’m coming to be touched by the coal, I’m coming that You’d reach out Your hand and make me whole, I walked by this Fire so many times, but now I’m coming in...Purify me Lord, Burn away the things that don’t please You, create in me a light that shines.”My life verse is Isaiah 6:8, and the title track’s sentiment ties in with Isaiah’s meeting God and saying, “woe is me, I am a man of unclean lips.” I find myself meeting God in every song on this album which is an incredible blessing. I find myself singing along loudly with Heather with all of my heart, “Let the fire burn in me for the pure in heart will see You Lord, baptize us in the Holy Spirit, baptize us in Fire!” Heather invites listeners to worship along with her and you can’t help but get swept up in the emotion of the song. These opening songs set the tone for a special worship experience. No matter what you are going through in life, God’s promise to His children is that one day we will overcome.
The next songs blow me away with how vulnerable and personal they get. “Undivided Focus” has become my personal worship anthem and keeps the cohesive theme going with the gorgeous and prayerful offering reflecting the yearnings of my heart: “Holy Spirit, I surrender to You, take my life I lay it down, all my gifts, all my crowns, take my life and lay it down, I am Yours, I am in love with undivided focus, I am in love with You.” There is incredible comfort and biblical Truth in this song and Heather’s passionate vocals will have you hanging on every word, especially during the bridge which wrecks me—“I wanna be a lay down lover, filled with You, I wanna be a fearless lover, filled with You.” What an incredible prayer to our King and Savior. There is great comfort in knowing Jesus and being known by Him in every detail of our lives. “Kisses Of His Mouth” stops me in my tracks as Clark slays me with her confessional and prayerful vocal style, opening with the imploring and intimate lyrics, “Kiss me with the kisses of Your mouth, Your love is better than wine.” It is one of the most compelling songs I’ve ever heard and perfectly captures the intimacy of our relationship with Jesus and He is our Bridegroom and we are all His bride. “Lamb of God”has another confessional lyric that also really grabs me: “Stuck in the entanglement of sin, The shame of past that haunts us deep within...Where’s the power to leave it all behind?...the Lamb of God makes me clean.”Heather lives in British Columbia with her four children and travels internationally singing, leading worship and speaking, calling people into a greater place of wholeness, healing and freedom in their lives and in their relationship with God.
Heather is clearly in love with Jesus and how these songs convey her relationship with our Lord and Savior in these songs is truly inspiring and convicting. If you like albums with God-focused worshipful lyrics, musical diversity and engaging female vocals with a lot of range then you’ll want to check out Overcomeby Heather Clark. Every song on this album has quickly become a staple in my playlist of my favorite worship anthems. The songs are all worshipful and catchy. The vertical worship and number of songs I could imagine singing in union with fellow believers in a corporate worship setting is another highlight of this very solid album. Some of the songs that would be great additions to church services are “Come In,” “Overcome,” “Undivided Focus,” “Shadow Of Your Wings” and “Lamb of God.” This is one of the most emotionally moving albums I’ve ever heard. Heather’s remarkable singing voice and her interesting music and lyrics are truly captivating. For sure, this will be among my top worship albums of the year.
Super powerful and worshipful album| Posted July 09, 2012
It’s not often that you can find a worship project that speaks directly to the heart with passionate and relatable anthems. Even if you can, it often seems that such albums revolve more around making money or writing amazing songs, rather than encouraging the listener in their walk with the Lord. However, let me introduce you to Heather Clark, releasing her debut project Overcome through Jesus Culture Music.
I was immediately drawn to Heather Clark’s deep music. As many have stated, her music will definitely be enjoyed by fans of Kim Walker-Smith’s (from Jesus Culture), Kari Jobe’s, or Darlene Zschech’s. “Come In,” with nice guitars that keep the song from being mundane, has a powerful message of letting the King of Kings come in through, and opening the door of our hearts to Him, obviously taken directly from the Psalms. However, the title track follows, definitely overpowering all other tracks off the album and is therefore appropriately the title track. Very melodic, the title track is a cry to God to burn away the dross in our lives through the fire of His Spirit. I was especially blown away by the opening line, “I’ve walked by this fire so many times, but now I’m coming in.” It also borrows elements from Isaiah 6 and Matthew 3, very Scriptural and extremely powerful!
“Undivided” is a simple, heavenly song of surrender, while “Kisses of His Mouth” was one of the lesser tracks on the album, in my opinion. I did, however, enjoy the predominant bridge: “Take me away with You/ let the King bring me into His chamber,” very personal, and describing the love of God in a wonderful way.
Speaking again of preparing the way for the King, “Dwell” follows on the slow note, but things become the most upbeat they have yet in “Shadow of Your Wings,” almost entirely pulled from the Psalms again. As I have found with most deep worship projects, the bridge is again the highlight, where Heather repeats in her higher vocals, “I will rejoice!” followed by a nice lead guitar instrumental.
“I’m Still Thirsty,” which features noticeable audience participation (as the project is recorded live), speaks more of desperation than it does freedom, but it also recognizes that Jesus Christ is the answer for our soul’s hunger and thirst.” Speaking to those who feel worthless, “I Know I’m Loved,” which has really nice laid-back lead guitar work, ensures every listener that, because of what Jesus has done for us, we can be sure that we are loved and have a purpose. Praise God!
Very steady, “Show Us Your Glory” speaks of wanting to see God’s fullness, while “Lamb of God” is breathtaking – very heavenly and melodic, with timeless lyrics, stating that “the Lamb of God makes me clean.” The album Overcome ends with Heather’s cover of “How Great Thou Art,” which is a perfect ending to the album. Also, hearing the audience sing out the hymn at the top of their lungs was timeless.
Heather Clark’s Overcome album is very personal, worshipful, and deep. She takes Scriptures and puts it into powerful worship anthems in a very relatable way. I hope to see Heather’s songs used in the church the way that Jesus Culture’s and Hillsong’s have. Fans of those worship groups will definitely want to check out this album.
songwriter| Posted July 03, 2012
A worship leader and songwriter Heather Clar frem Jesus culture, and its amazing to see your work. I wish that everyone can hear this amazing album, full of great worship, with a truly praises to the Lord!
Overcome| Posted July 02, 2012
I hadn't heard of her till I was looking at the artists to watch thingies on Newreleasetuesday.com and came and checked it out. It looks pretty good! Definalty gonna check it out next time I'm at a Christian store or online
Overcome| Posted July 02, 2012
Looks like a really good cd! Never heard any of her music but I love all kinds of Christian music so I'll have to check it out next time I'm on Itunes. Hadn't heard of her till newreleasetuesday.com so their definatly spreading the word! :)