Monday Melody – Nobody Greater (VaShawn Mitchell)

Song/Album:

“Nobody Greater” by VaShawn Mitchell on the album Triumphant.

Why it made the cut:

 I’m a sucker for any song with a great bass line.  “Nobody Greater” definitely delivers on that front, but its appeal goes way beyond that.  VaShawn Mitchell’s now classic anthem taps into an understanding that even the most nominal Christian adheres to:  God is the greatest, bar none, but this worship song causes the listener to meditate deeply on the level of greatness that only God can claim.  The glory, indeed, is for Him, and Him alone!

 The warm blend of piano, acoustic guitar, tight harmonies, and compelling bass guitar, backed by soaring vocals and capped by Mitchell’s rich tenor, makes for an unforgettable ode to the awesome God we are privileged to serve. The song, declared by Billboard Magazine as the Most Played Gospel Song of 2011, won VaShawn two Stellar Awards for “Urban/Inspirational Single or Performance of the Year” and Music Video of the Year

Father, indeed, there is “Nobody Greater” than You!

Artist:

Chicago native VaShawn Mitchell’s roots are in music ministry, beginning in his teens when he served as an assistant music director at his church.  He also developed his skills as a songwriter, writing for gospel luminaries like Smokie Norful, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, and Bishop Paul S. Morton.  

VaShawn continued to fulfill his calling, moving from Chicago to Atlanta to serve as music minister at Higher Living Church, where he recorded his breakthrough album, Triumphant. The album won VaShawn 11 Stellar Award nominations, two Grammy Award nominations, and two Dove Award nominations, and was among the Top 5 Gospel Albums of 2011.

However, VaShawn takes the greatest pleasure in his calling to minister through music.  “I am most passionate about my church ministry,” he says.  “As ministers of music, we birth new worshippers and new praisers on a weekly basis. A lot of that is not necessarily singing, but ministering the music that is being sung.”

VaShawn created the Norman Youth and Arts Foundation in Chicago in memory of his grandfather, and one of the Foundation’s first projects was summer youth camps for the arts in Chicago, where many arts programs have been cut. 

Favorite lyrics:

Nobody can heal like You can
Oh Most Holy One, You are the Great I Am!
Awesome in all Your ways, and mighty is Your hand
You are He who carried out redemption’s plan

 


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