Christ at center of lyrics

“When the first light brightened the dark/before the breaking of the human
heart/there was You and there was me.” These powerful lyrics bring immediate attention to a listener’s heart.

Christian artist Phil Wickham visited UMHB in August and held a worship concert at Luther Memorial, which helped students spiritually prepare for a great start to a new semester.

Wickham was still in the process of working on his third album titled Heaven
& Earth.

Phil Wickham performs for UMHB students. Photo by Matthew Peterson

Phil Wickham performs for UMHB students. Photo by Matthew Peterson

In the album, Wickham keeps his signature pop vocal vibe, playing up the CD with a little rock edge by using different electronics and programmed beats.

Wickham’s musical talents helped him reach a whole new level of creativity for this album — as it turns out, it’s a hit.

The album was released in stores Nov. 17. It includes top hits: “The Time Is
Now,” “Eden” and “Safe.”

Each track has its own musical style.

No two songs sound the same, and all are about worshiping the Lord, whether it’s the rocker brought out of him in the upbeat track “Hold On,” which is formulated with a quiet beginning and rings into tones of a crashing conclusion, or the familiar, soft, melodious Wickham in “All
Because Of Your Love.”

He didn’t lose sight of keeping Christ as the center of his lyrics. The music beautifully comes together in Heaven & Earth to create one of the best albums of 2009 for the contemporary Christian music genre.

And it’s because of artists like Wickham that more people are coming to know Christ through listening to the lyrics of Christian music.

Not only does Wickham’s originality shine through in this album, listeners also can feel his passion for the Lord in every song, leaving many breathless.

Heaven & Earth receives 5 out of 5 stars for its inspirational spin on worship

Author: Andra Holbrooks

Andra is a senior Mass Communication/Journalism major from Aledo, TX. She is the Features Page Editor for The Bells. Andra loves spending time with her family, roommates and friends. Although her time at UMHB will soon come to an end, she will always hold the Crusader family dearly in her heart. Her adventure of becoming Features Editor for The Bells began in 2008. Being a writer was not a profession she ever imagined pursuing, but she is thankful for the opportunity God has given her to do so. She enjoys page designing and writing feature stories. After graduation in May, she hopes to use her degree by working for a magazine or reporting for a news station.

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