Monday Melody – Redeemer

Ahhh… back to reality!  A week away from the routine of life really can create perspective and peace.  After my vacation, I return to the world of work feeling rested, replenished, renewed, reinvigorated.  Let’s see how long it’ll last!  LOL!

Song/Album: “Redeemer” by Nicole C. Mullen on the album Nicole C. Mullen.

Why it made the cut:   “Redeemer” is worthy of the accolades it won back in 2000 when it first came out–and then some!  Given the subject matter,  it’s a no-brainer.  In fact, Nicole C. Mullen is the only African American to win a Dove Award for Song of the Year, and she won it for “Redeemer.”

Nicole’s ode to the Lord swells from a guitar-driven ballad into a crescendo of praise buoyed along by tender strings and great backing vocals that include Nicol Smith (formerly of Selah) and Duawne Starling.  

Nicole captures the majesty, creative power, and eternal glory of Jesus in the tender lyrics and music that she wrote.  She also plays electric guitar on this track. 

It’s hard to not be carried along by the current of the words and emotion of the song into a time of praise and worship.  Like Nicole, we can say with certainty: “I know that I know that I know that I know!” that He lives and continues to intercede for me to our Father every day.  What a blessing!

 

Artist:   A musical force to be reckoned with, Nicole C. Mullen is best known as a singer and songwriter but is also an instrumentalist, author of children’s books, and former choreographer/dancer/backup vocalist for artists like Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith.

Known for her genre-crossing, eclectic style, Mullen’s musical renderings run the gamut from pop and soul to spoken word, hip-hop, and gospel. 

The winner of several Dove awards for hits such as “Redeemer,” “On My Knees,” and “Call on Jesus,” and the recipient of two Grammy nominations, Mullen has expanded her ministry to encompass social causes .

Through her mentoring group, the Baby Girls Club, she uses the arts to demonstrate the love of Jesus in the lives of girls aged 5 to 18.  Her Team NcM gives young people between the ages of 9 and 17 an opportunity to hone their artistic skills while they mature spiritually.  

Nicole also participates in International Needs Network Ghana, which strives to free Trokosi slaves in that country.  

Nicole put out her ninth studio album, “Captivated,” last year, and was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame in November 2011.

Favorite lyrics:  

He lives to take away my shame

And He lives, forever I’ll proclaim
That the payment for my sin was the precious life He gave
But now He’s alive and there’s an empty grave!
 

Sweet spot: The bridge beginning at 2:35 right up to the elevation at 3:13 when the backing vocals begin and Nicole really begins to minister.


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