A ‘re­fresh­ing wor­ship al­bum’

Chris Bray’s new re­lease, ‘Joy in my Heart’, is un­com­pli­cated al­bum

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - RELIGION - Tracey Evi­son Tracey Evi­son, a mu­si­cian and ed­u­ca­tor on P.E.I., writes this col­umn for The Guardian ev­ery sec­ond Satur­day. She can be con­tacted by email at trevo­rand­tracey@pei.sym­pa­tico.ca.

I’m al­ways ex­cited when I find a new artist that ap­peals to me. Some­times that artist is pre­sent­ing a de­but record­ing but, like this week, some­times I find an artist who sim­ply hasn’t shown up on my mu­si­cal radar be­fore.

Chris Bray is one such artist. Bray re­leased his first CD, “The Wor­ship Al­bum”, in 2009 and has been an ac­tive wor­ship leader across Canada, pri­mar­ily in On­tario where he makes his home. Fur­ther al­bums fol­lowed, as well as op­por­tu­ni­ties to serve as mu­sic direc­tor at Life Teen, to lead wor­ship at the Na­tional March for Life rally at Par­lia­ment Hill and to fo­cus on a vig­or­ous tour­ing sched­ule.

For his most re­cent project, “Joy in my Heart”, Bray has cre­ated 10 acous­tic tracks. Pro­duced by GI Holm, “Joy In My Heart” is an un­com­pli­cated al­bum of mu­sic that can eas­ily to trans­ferred to a church wor­ship set­ting.

The al­bum opens with “King in His King­dom” and moves eas­ily into a truly joy­ous ver­sion of the song, “Joy in my Heart.” Continuing on, “In the Name” has a laid-back en­ergy while Bray sings, “In the name of the Father/ In the name of the Son/ In the name of the Spirit/ Lord, we come.”

“Full Sur­ren­der” is a gen­uine prayer of giv­ing up the singer’s will to the will of the Father.

“I Will Trust in You” is a beau­ti­ful song that re­minds lis­ten­ers of God’s faith­ful­ness in the hard times as well as the good times. “I will trust in You….I will fol­low where You lead me….I know You make all things new/ And You are with me and be­side me….God You still re­main.”

“What Is Heaven Like” at­tempts to an­swer that ques­tion: “There are streets made of gold/ and we’ll be white as snow/ if we love the Lord our God with all our heart….and we won’t need any­thing be­cause we’ll be for­ever happy for all eter­nity/ That’s what Heaven’s like when you fol­low the King.”

All in all, this is a re­fresh­ing wor­ship al­bum that doesn’t rely on com­pli­cated in­stru­men­tal accompaniment. It’s an artist lift­ing his heart in sim­ple praise to the God who made him. It is a beau­ti­ful project that will be en­joyed by many.

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