As Nashville Life Music prepares to release their live recording album later this year, we’re super excited to give you an inside scoop of the team and the worship style of their namesake church.
Celebrating the fifth year anniversary of Nashville Life Church during the last weekend in March, the worship team released their first single, “All Power,” and hosted a live recorded concert open to the public. Nashville Life Music led all original praise and worship songs for the concert. “All Power” is a smooth, beat-driven, electronica style, dance-worthy groove, with a simple, yet powerful message. It’s a song with a confident proclamation of hope that “we (can) stand (boldly) unashamed, unafraid, trusting in (God’s) plan” because all power rests in His hands. This message of hope in a powerful God is one that resonates well with the recently celebrated miracle of Easter – the story of an empty tomb and a risen Christ who conquered death and the grave, saying “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” In a letter to the early Christian church, the Apostle Paul writes of the beautiful reality that this power, the same power through God’s spirit that was able to raise Christ from the dead, lives within us (Romans 8:11).
Nashville Life’s worship director, Dwan Hill, was kind to share more about worship at Nashville Life and the upcoming album.
Scripturally Sound: What words would you use to describe the atmosphere of the Nashville Life Music Live-recording concert?
SS: What was it like to be a part of the project?
Dwan: As one of the leaders of the team, the recording process was both invigorated and challenging. Our team had never done anything of that magnitude before, so the preparation process was new for us. But everyone stepped in and helped, and it was amazing to see and hear the results. I was the most proud of our songs. It was incredibly exciting to hear our songs lead people in worship!
SS: What things are you most looking forward to in the album release?
Dwan: There is so much to look forward to! I am especially curious how our songs and sound will be received in other churches. But I’m most excited about and hopeful for the stories of people who worship with us and experience God in a fun, freeing way. We want the Good News to be heard everywhere, and if our music can stretch the message a little farther or a little differently, we’ve done well.
We too, can’t wait to hear the recording and expect that it’s message and fresh sound will resonate with many listeners. For the concert, the main sanctuary of Christ Church, where Nashville Life gathers every Sunday for worship, was transformed from a traditional church filled with pews, to a concert hall decked with colorful stage lights and animated screens. When combined with the music, you couldn’t help wanting to “get up and clap your hands” or “get up and dance” like the lyrics of another song featured on the recording encouraged.
During the concert, Byron “Mr. Talkbox” Chambers, a Dove Award winner and Grammy nominated musician, whose talk box solos have been featured on “Feel it” by tobyMac and most recently “24K Magic” by Bruno Mars, made a guest appearance. Pastor CeCe Winans-Love, also lent her grammy-winning gospel vocals to a couple of songs during the live recording, creating a dynamic and diverse worship experience.
The songs featured during the live recording ranged from the electronica infused “All Power” to a Contemporary Christian song with gospel flare “It’s Coming From the Lord” and even a reggae praise song hailing God as the only worthy one. The atmosphere was one of joyful praise, filled with dancing in the pews and aisles, and even several beachballs made an appearance in the audience.
Hear worship leader Rebecca Gray’s testimony in her “All Power” devotional.
To keep updated on the upcoming release of the Nashville Life Music live recording album, or download their new single “All Power,” or hear more song devotionals, you can visit NashvilleLifeMusic.com or their Facebook page.