AN NRT EXCLUSIVE EDITORIAL
Top 10 Worship Albums of 2012
NRT Lead Contributor Kevin Davis shares what he believes are the best praise and worship projects released thus far in 2012.

By KevinDavis_NRT

AN NRT EXCLUSIVE EDITORIAL, Top 10 Worship Albums of 2012
Kevin Davis: "These incredibly anointed songs cause me to worship along loudly with [All Sons & Daughters] at the feet of Jesus and offer Him all of my praise and surrender to His majesty."
This past year has featured some incredible new worship albums and songs by Christian artists. As a believer, one of my daily devotionals is to spend time worshiping my Lord and Savior Jesus by singing worship songs in adoration of His Majesty and Love. 
 
The following is my top 10 list of new worship albums of 2012--projects that all lead me into the throne room of God. I'd love to read your comments if you have a few minutes to post. Enjoy! (You can also view my entire list on Amazon here.)
 
1. Christy Nockels – Into the Glorious
Christy Nockels has long been one of the premier female vocalists in Christian music, and this brilliant five-star album Into the Glorious was well worth the almost three-year wait. Every song is worshipful, catchy, moving and powerful. This is my favorite female solo album of the year along with Audrey Assad's Heart. Christy's tender and powerful vocals are captivating on the stand-out songs "Ever Lifting," "For Your Splendor," "Into The Glorious," "Your Love Is Moving," "Healing Is In Your Hands," "Waiting Here For You," "How I Love You" and her stunning worship anthem, "Sing Along." There are no weak songs and this album is truly a masterpiece. Without a doubt, Into The Glorious is my top worship album of the year. [BUY NOW on iTunes]
 
2. Rend Collective Experiment – Homemade Worship by Handmade People
Homemade Worship by Handmade People is the kind of unique worship album I've only dreamed was possible, and is an incredible follow-up to Organic Family Hymnal
 
If you like "gourmet" worship songs like "God Of This City" by Bluetree and "Beautiful Things" by Gungor, this album is for you. There are several standout songs: "Praise Like Fireworks," "You Are My Vision," "True Intimacy," "Build Your Kingdom Here," "Desert Soul," "Shining Star" and "Second Chance," which is one of my all time favorite worship songs. This album builds on the momentum of Rend Collective Experiment's previous stand-out tracks "Movements" and "Come On My Soul," and takes it up a notch musically. This is surely one of the top worship albums ever made. Don't miss out on Rend Collective Experiment's new album, a stellar five-star worship album. This album is truly a memorable worship experience. [BUY NOW on iTunes]



 
3. All Sons & Daughters – Season One
These incredibly anointed songs cause me to worship along loudly with these talented worship leaders at the feet of Jesus and offer Him all of my praise and surrender to His majesty. Don't miss out on All Sons & Daughters. This Season One combination of their Brokenness Aside and Reason To Sing EPs is compelling and ranks amongst my top worship albums this year. These prayerful sentiments are consistently filled with their personal adoration of God. Several of these songs should be added to your Sunday morning worship set, especially "Alive," "All the Poor and Powerless," "Oh Our Lord" and "Wake Up." [BUY NOW on iTunes]
 
4. Jennie Lee Riddle – People & Songs, Opus 1 Collective
This album grabs me with every song. Truly, every song is amazing. Jennie has a knack for hitting me where I am spiritually and expressing the prayerful yearnings of my heart. This album is no exception as I get welled up praying along with several of the songs and most of all, I am stirred with compassion to love people as Jesus loves us. That's the heart behind this album. Thank you, Jennie, for blessing us with your music and for writing and singing the Truth of the Gospel for the Kingdom of God. This album soothes, moves and challenges listeners. People & Songs, Opus 1 Collective by Jennie Lee Riddle is a profound listening experience. 
 
I love her writing. It is so honest, and has lots of depth lyrically. It feels like at times as Christians we're living on a foreign planet and we're fighting all the time. We all know why--because we weren't made for this world. Writing and singing songs of worship aren't always easy when things aren't going well. We're called to worship and we need to be obedient. We are dependent on God for every breath. A state of brokenness keeps us on our knees and helps us realize how much we need God. 
 
This five-star worship album reminds me that "this world is not my home, this life is not my own, and soon Lord, O very soon, You'll come to take me to be with You." Choosing to worship when you don't feel like it deepens your faith. Even in the midst of our greatest struggles, we need to find joy and peace from knowing God. This album reminds us that the pain of this world is temporary and to live for Heaven. [BUY NOW on iTunes]



 
5. Bethel Music – The Loft Sessions
If you like the praise and worship artists Hillsong UNITED, Matt Redman, Tim Hughes and Jesus Culture, then you can't go wrong with the Bethel Music worship team--and you'll love the album The Loft Sessions. Every song on this album has quickly become a staple in my playlist of my favorite worship anthems. Every song is 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 "One Thing Remains," "My Dear," "You Have Won Me" and "Fall Afresh." There are also some special moments with the gorgeous stand-out female-led worship ballads "Come To Me" and "You Know Me." For sure, this is among my top worship albums of the year. [BUY NOW on iTunes]
 
6. Heather Clark – Overcome 
Heather is clearly in love with Jesus, and it's truly inspiring and convicting how these songs convey her relationship with our Lord and Savior. If you like albums with God-focused and worshipful lyrics, musical diversity and engaging female vocals with a lot of range then you'll want to check out Overcome by 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. [BUY NOW on iTunes]



7. Desperation Band – Center Of It All
Known for songs such as "Overcome," "I Am Free" and "Rescue." The new, 13-track album is Desperation Band's sixth recording and marks the first project under a new contract with their longtime label. Anchored by the Desperation Band's passionate approach to worship, Center Of It All is a bold call for believers to rise up and realize that God is not a priority, but the priority, the "Center of it all." If you like ambient worship like The Glorious Unseen and the softer songs by Delirious and Hillsong UNITED, then you should like the standout songs of Center Of It All by Desperation Band, especially "Strong God" and the title track--a strong corporate worship song. [BUY NOW on iTunes]
 
8. Bellarive – The Heartbeat
This entire album has songs that bless and heal me as a listener. The Heartbeat by Bellarive is one of my top inspirational worship albums of the year. This is also one of the most moving albums I've heard this year and I can't get enough of the standout worshipful songs "Heartbeat", "Love Has Found Us", "Hope Is Calling", "The Father's Heart" and the powerful lead single "Taste Of Eternity." Do yourself a favor and buy this album immediately. You'll be refreshed, nourished, encouraged and turn to God for your strength. [BUY NOW on iTunes]


 
9. Hillsong LIVE – Cornerstone
I'm impressed by the consistent quality and fresh worshipful songs from Hillsong LIVE. I've been singing "The Stand," "From The Inside Out," "Mighty To Save," "Stronger" and many other Hillsong classics at my church for many years and I expect there will be several more worship classics from this album. If you are looking for new worship songs to sing with fellow believers, this album is chock-full of congregational songs, especially "Endless Light," "Cornerstone," "Hope of the World," "Running" and "Stand In Awe." I eagerly await each new Hillsong release and Cornerstone is truly stellar and is the top overall album by Hillsong LIVE. Every single song could be added to your Sunday morning worship set. [BUY NOW on iTunes]
 
10. Paul Baloche – The Same Love
Paul Baloche is one of the most acclaimed worship artists and songwriters of our time. Winner of multiple Dove Awards, he has penned radio hits such as "Because of Your Love," "Hosanna (Praise Is Rising)," "All The Earth Will Sing Your Praises" and "Our God Saves" and he has written top-ranking CCLI songs and modern-day classics including "Above All," "Open the Eyes of My Heart," "Offering" and "Your Name." The Same Love by Paul Baloche is an all-new collection of songs that reflect his heart, and his passion for the Church. My favorite song on The Same Love  is the first single and title track, which offers a view of our God and our reliance on Him.  I love songs that are filled with biblical truth, and several stand-out tracks on the album have biblical references, especially "We Are Saved," "My Hope," "Reign In Me" and "Look Upon The Lord." The album is filled with catchy and inspirational songs for the Church. [BUY NOW on iTunes]

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Posted September 18, 2012 | NRT Lead Contributor Kevin Davis is a longtime fan of Christian music, an avid music collector and credits the message of Christian music for leading him to Christ. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and three daughters.

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