All Sons & Daughters [Season One] | Posted August 14, 2012 Staff Reviewer
One of my favorite new worship artists is All Sons & Daughters. The story of All Sons & Daughters began with artist David Leonard wanting to spend less time traveling and more of it in real relationship with his local church. After experiencing the music business rush as front man in the acclaimed band Jackson Waters and then as touring keyboard player with NEEDTOBREATHE, David felt called to write songs for the spiritual community he and his wife belonged to in Franklin, Tennessee. At the same time, Leslie Jordan was part of the creative staff at Journey Church where they worshipped. Her passion for singing and writing was likewise rooted in being there to live out the story of faith with her husband and a close group of believers. Neither was expecting to find a path that would spread these efforts both near and far. But God is so good at making things beautiful.
Opening tracks “Alive” and “Let It Shine” were born out of reflections about this broken world and are great songs to remind us that we are never really whole until Heaven. Leslie found inspiration for “All the Poor and Powerless”—a simple yet epic composition whose delicate individual parts later become a magnificent whole—in a series their church did on the Psalms that helped provide an especially clear image of Heaven. “Brokenness Aside” is a sweeping selection that begins as a whisper, transitions into an anthem, and includes a beautiful classical coda, it captures every unique charm All Sons & Daughters has to offer.
Ethereal new song “Reason To Sing” was inspired by studying Psalm 13:5: “But I have trusted in Your mercy; My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.” Another ethereal tune, the meditative “Your Glory,” also came out of the Psalms study. “Oh Our Lord” is a celebration of the God of Creation penned with Dove Award-winning writer Paul Baloche. By sharing the song through social media websites, other churches are already singing this stirring piece around the country. A song I can't stop playing is "Spirit Speaks." The song is a declaration directly to God, "Your Spirit speaks, it moves in me, and I'm awakened to Your love, You're drawing me onto my knees, and I'm astounded by Your love, You spoke life into my lungs, and You are the air I breathe, and still You move inside of me, and You are the song I sing." It is my favorite song on this amazing album. If you are looking for a fresh new worship song to sing at your church, I highly recommend “Wake Up.” The message is contemplative and worshipful and includes Jesus’ instructions to us in Mark 10:21: “take up the cross, and follow Me.” As we look at the fallen world around us, we all need to lift our eyes up to God and put all of our faith and hope in Him. The powerful chorus is the cry of my heart: “Wake up, wake up, wake up, wake up all you sleepers, Stand up, stand up, Stand up all you dreamers, Hands up, hands up, Hands up all believers, Take up your cross, carry it on, not our will but Yours be done, Lord.” Amen!”
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 EP’s 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.”