Driven by a passion to share a dynamic message and fueled by an energetic, pop/rock sound, what began nearly ten years ago as a high school worship team has now regenerated into the fresh, eclectic sound of Warr Acres.Warr Acres, as evidenced by its lyrics and music, is inspired by the life and ministry of Victory Church and leadership of Pastor Mark Crow, reflecting a mission to inspire believers worldwide to reach a city, change a nation, and touch the world.
Dove Award nominated recording artist, Kristy Starling, is a lead vocalist for Warr Acres. WARR ACRES appears weekly on the Daystar Network, reaching over 180 countries. Previous radio success: (7) independently released radio singles (Christian Music Weekly) have charted at #1 on the Global (independent) Inspo, AC, CHR and Internet charts. "Carried Away" remained #1 for over 18 weeks on the Global Inspo Chart and #1 for 8 weeks on the Global AC chart. "Carried Away" also hit #52 for spins (2 weeks ago) on the Comprehensive Top 100 Chart, the highest ranking Independent song on that chart at the time. Last album's single, "Heaven Bound" debuted in the top 30 on the R&R Hot AC / CHR charts.
One Word - WOW| Posted November 12, 2011
One word sums it up – WOW!
Seriously, this is a brilliant album that mixes up inward, upward and outwardly focussed lyrics to both build faith, praise our Creator and challenge us to get off our blessed assurances and look beyond the four walls of our churches.
“Undignified” is a rousing opener that leaves you in no doubt as to the passion of the band. The vocals are provided by Dove Award nominee Kristy Starling and the lyrics are a bold declaration of praise and worship. If this song doesn’t get your toes tapping and your head bouncing then you’ve probably not got the volume turned up as there is no way this song can be enjoyed as a passive listener.
“Maker of Miracles” is a wonderful ballad style song but with an uplifting chorus. The words pick up on the life and words of Christ, as well as His promises, bringing a real sense of majesty, awe and hope as the duet of Kristy along with Lael Louthan rings out and surrounds you with a sense of the majesty of the King.
With its catchy and somewhat retro beat, “Heaven Bound” is a great pop track – but don’t make the mistake of dismissing it as a jaunty bubblegum tune as the songwriting passions cut through once again full of scriptural roots, uplifting visions of eternity and the ever-present thick vein of worship that runs through this whole collection of songs.
I could go on and on about the tracks, they are all worthy of mention, but the one I really do need to mention is “Shadow of the steeple”. This is a call to action that leaves you in no doubt of what our call is – to get out and be Jesus to the people around us, on the streets, in our neighbourhoods and in the communities that we live in. Those comfy chairs in our churches suddenly feel rather itchy, those pews are definitely growing thorns as you take in the words of this brilliant song.
I can’t wait to hear more from these folks – I am genuinely excited by what I hear and I cannot stop listening to these songs. Go listen to the album on YouTube, Spotify or Last.Fm and then buy it. You won’t regret it and you may find yourselves being challenged, energised, raised up and drawn closer to God as the passionate heart of the music pumps out your earbuds/speakers/tin-cans.
Refreshing Change| Posted October 09, 2011
Warr Acres debut album is a stylistically refreshing entry into the modern praise & worship marketplace. Taking musical & production cues from The Black-Eyed Peas and Lady Gaga, the band creates unique worship tracks that blend house/electronica with a more familiar modern acoustic sound.