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I was given the opportunity to review a pre-release of Robert Pierre’s new album coming out on July 26th – I’m All In. After a bit of research on Robert and his music – I decided to take the offer. I thought – Hey, this kid’s 18 – he looks like a friend of mine – he leads worship for 800 people in Florida – and he’s backed by the producers that helped Jars of Clay, Micheal W. Smith, and Steven Curtis Chapman – music that formed my young adult hood. Ok. Jars of Clay was more of a helped me when I was getting my life back on track – but we’ll pretend it was my youth.
I was excited for a young new artist to come out that I could share with a few of my High School/ College aged friends, and pass on to my own Middle School son. I’m not sure what I was expecting. Teen Music? Hip Hop? Crazy? Rock? Something Young Adult-y. I have to humbly admit I was a little disappointed at first. The rhythm of the music wasn’t what I was expecting. I didn’t expect to watch my 10 year old son listening to this in his head phones as he mows the lawn. (He’s a weird kid).
I put the music on my Phone and in my iPod Touch – and started listening to it “for the review”. And that’s when it happened. I started hearing the words. Little blurbs – in each song, that would grab me, and cause me to rewind the whole song.
Lyrics like – “And though we’re overcome with questions – you have answered us with faith.” – Light the Way
Themes of Joy – “I will sing for joy – the joy of the Lord – in the middle of it all – I will sing for Joy – the joy of the Lord” Sing for Joy
Yearnings like – “When He calls for His own – I wanna be known” Who R U
I spent all of yesterday with the song on the iPod – and realized – this isn’t a Teen- Self-Pride-Emotional-Jangle of Music CD – this is an All Out For Christ – All About Christ – CD which just happens to be sung by a young man in his youth. Davis was crowned King in his youth – Christ knew his heart – why was I surprised?
Yesterday – listening – these songs – giving our doubts, fears, future, joy, etc – lifting them up to the Lord – perfect music to keep your mind centered on the Lord in uncertain times. This morning, reading the information below – realizing what this young man must be going through – remembering all the uncertainty of the transitions into an independent adulthood – and I hear his heart. I do think that quite a few of these would be an amazing addition to any praise portion of the morning’s worship time. And, like the time you sit in the singing times, it takes a couple of times through the song to embrace it and want to declare it yourself to the King – a couple of these songs are like that. Give them a chance, let the words mingle in your heart, and you too will have the CD in your car full time.
If you have a young adult – who needs some solid music to help calm their thoughts – this is the music for you. If you are a mom – faced with uncertain times – this is the music for you. If you enjoy really great praise music – this is the CD for you. It is not teen dribble of pride and emotionalism. I promise. Any age will love this music – it is Music for Hearts wanting to be sold out to the Lord – Think of a young Michael W. Smith way back in the early 80’s. You’ll hear it. You’ll be hearing a lot from Robert Pierre.
Perfect, Holy, Nothing compares to You, Savior, Healer, Our only hope is You, our only hope is You, We call up on the name of the Lord, No other one, You are the one . . . . Be Lifted Up.
My favorites –
But then there’s Greater is He, I’m All In, Silent Cry, and Dead to Sin Ok. So I like them all.
From Robert –
For Robert, I’m All In is more than the name of his third studio album, due July 26 from thinkaboutit records. It has become Robert’s life motto as he responds to God’s calling to live fully committed to Him. In addition to writing and recording I’m All In and playing on a summer tour, Robert also leads regular Sunday morning worship at his 800-member Orlando, FL church. And he’s done it all as a high school senior.
“All of the songs have something to do with things I was going through my senior year,” Robert said of I’m All In, “preparing to say goodbye to friends and not really knowing what would come next, but finding comfort and peace in the Lord’s plan for my life. The Bible talks about how the eyes of the Lord are searching to and fro throughout the earth, searching for someone whose heart is wholly His, someone He can strongly support. This CD is me saying, ‘I’m all in.’”
Creating I’m All In was a powerfully personal experience for Robert, who teamed with veteran songwriter Jason Ingram (Tenth Avenue North, Sanctus Real, Bebo Norman) and legendary producer Matt Bronleewe (Jars of Clay, Michael W. Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman) on the album. The result is a collection of songs that enthusiastically and energetically worship God while wrestling with what it means to be a Christian in a world full of difficulty and joy, anxiety and excitement.
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