GRAMMY-nominated and multi-Dove Award Winning worship leader Kari Jobe will be releasing her first new album in three years when The Blessing (Live Album) arrives on October 23rd (Capitol CMG). The album was uniquely recorded and captured live this summer during the pandemic without an audience at her home church, The Belonging Co, in Nashville, TN. The Blessing features songs co-written by Cody Carnes, Austin Davis, Jacob Sooter, Jonas Myrin, Elyssa Smith, Steffany Gretzinger, Chris Brown, Steven Furtick and Passion’s Kristian Stanfill and Brett Younker. The album was produced by Cody Carnes, Austin Davis, Henry Seeley and Jobe.
Several tracks from The Blessing have already been offered as pre-releases, so listeners have been gifted a taste of what to expect on this can’t miss worship experience. The furthest-reaching of these pre-released songs is the title track, which has quickly become the global worship anthem of the year. “The Blessing” was written (by Jobe, Cody Carnes, Elevation Worship’s Steven Furtick and Chris Brown) and released the week before the world was overcome with the pandemic. “First Love”, “Let The Light In”, “Obsession”, Embers” and “Your Nature” have also been released ahead of the full album.
The fact that the album was recorded live is one of the highlights of the collection. There is just a sense of movement and space in the live sound that accompanies each track. While it may not have the “typical live recording” sound, since there was no audience present, it is clear the band had no reservations about entering into their time of worship. While Jobe’s vocals are dominant and soaring throughout the album, she is joined prominently by Carnes on a few tracks (“Obsession”, “The Blessing”).
“Rest” and “Favorite Place” are two tracks that masterfully incorporate the strings and instrumental moments to allow space and an environment for worshipping and resting in God’s presence. This time allows the listener to enter into that personal space between created and Creator before joining back with Jobe’s vocals and anthemic declarations.
“The Wind” is a musical sequence without vocals that can be described as nothing less than a piece of art that evokes the very title of the piece. Following “The Wind” is “No Fear”, which may have the most timely lyrics of the whole album for this season the world is in.
Right now anything can happen
Right here everything can change
It is time to cast all your care upon Him…Fear not for He is good
Fear not for He is God
Just look to the Savior for He has overcome it all
Fear not for He is good
The songs found on The Blessing (Live Album) all encompass a deep and personal trust and love in God. The lyrics and music come together in a combination that will bring worship to any listening situation. Be sure to pre-save / pre-add this five-star album today!