Brings the Church to the Recording Studio
It’s tough being a musician in this age. The Internet has become a blessing and a curse for musicians: a blessing because it gives them an easy way to get their music into the public; a curse because it’s caused the music industry to become over-saturated with releases.
Well, everyone and their grandmother can now release his or her music with ease.
As Bono of U2 said in a recent Q and A: “There’s a lot of noise out there.” He went on to make the point that it takes a lot of effort — more than ever in the history of the music industry — to get yourself heard above the noise.
However, despite the challenges of our new Internet-based music industry, there are occasionally magical moments where a listener stumbles across an artist that the listener really enjoys — an artist that the listener might never have heard in the pre-Internet age because that artist does not have a huge record label marketing them across the nation through traditional means.
I had the pleasure of stumbling across a wonderful artist named GT Worship. Actually, it was the CEO and co-owner of this site, Abbie Stancato, who stumbled upon them and sent me their link.
What GT Worship does really well is combine nicely orchestrated tone color using a variety of instruments (i.e. glockenspiel, piano, guitar, percussion, etc.) with good songwriting and, most affecting for me personally, a strong revelation of corporate worship.
When I say “corporate” I’m not talking about a company or a business. It’s corporate in the original sense of the word: togetherness, a unified gathering, and, in this case, the Body of Christ bound together with adoration for the King.
And that’s exactly what you see in the videos for GT Worship’s new Live Acoustic Sessions. They brought members from their church (I presume) into the recording studio and had them worship right alongside the musicians who were recording.
The point they’re making is clear: the Body of Christ is with us in this studio, and even though their voices aren’t being recorded, their contribution is just as valuable as what we musicians are doing into the microphones. Their praise and worship is a sweet smelling offering, a sacrifice of praise (See Hebrews 13:15) that adds something valuable to the spiritual atmosphere of our recording!
That’s the impression I get from the video, anyways.
And the songwriting is toe-tapping, easy to sing along to (which makes it easy to pick up and use for your own worship), the tunes are infectious, and the instrumentation has a nice variety of tone color.
These are the moments where I am thankful for the Internet. Although it produces an overwhelming amount of noise that sometimes gives us a headache and makes us want to take a three week break from looking at any screens, amidst all of that noise we also find treasures.
You can check out GT Worship here: