Monday Melody – Grace

Not quite sure why I look forward to weekends; I end up working just as hard trying to get caught up on everything I don’t get done during the week!  I know; less is more… But I did have fun hanging out with my fellow Kittitian girlfriends on Sunday!

Song/Album: “Grace” by Darwin Hobbs on the album “Worshipper.”

Why it made the cut:   You know how we have comfort food?  Well, this is my comfort song.  It gives me unparalleled peace, in those days when the enemy would try to bring me down, to be reminded that I had nothing to do with establishing the relationship I have with God.  It was “by grace, through faith,” a gift from the One who created me and blessed me with abundant life.  

Darwin evokes in this song all of the emotions that draw us to worship the God of grace, and Debbie Winans’ fine backup vocals add beauty to an already powerful worship ballad, written by Darwin, Israel Houghton, and Aaron Lindsey.  “Grace” is a lifeline to those whom the enemy would try to discourage–or encourage in legalism.  It’s all about grace!

Artist:  Darwin Hobbs’s striking tenor always draw a comparison to Luther Vandross’s, with good reason.  He really does sound like Luther, but he brings a powerful spiritual component to every song he belts out.

Darwin’s first solo album, “Mercy,” came out in 1999, and since then he’s put out another five albums of urban/contemporary-tinged praise and worship.  He has also developed a stellar reputation as a session vocalist and live background singer, having worked with artists like Michael W. Smith, Cece Winans, Michael W. Smith, Richard Smallwood, Jars of Clay, Switchfoot, Bryan Duncan, and Natalie Grant.  

A gifted worshipper, Darwin takes seriously the mantle that he carries as a spiritual leader and exhorts the church to be transparent.  Darwin was one of the 200 men to appear on Oprah Winfrey’s two-day episode on men who survived sexual abuse as boys.

By the way, he’s one of the most interesting Christian artists to follow on Twitter!  Check him out at @DarwinHobbs.

Favorite lyrics:
I know I don’t deserve
Oh grace
That Calvary reserved for me
That takes my breath away
I lift my hands to worship You
So let me live to worship ou

Sweet spot:   Everything from 3:18 onward.

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