Monday Melody – We Sing Your Praise

All righty now!  It’s 2012!  May this be a year of increase, of favor, of joy, and of pressing toward new and awesome things in God.  I’m grateful to still be here to tell how God has blessed me and kept me over and over!  

Song/Album: “We Sing Your Praise” on the album “In His Presence … Live” by Judith Christie McAllister.

Why it made the cut:  I admit it; this track is a bit long (it runs for more than seven minutes), but it is absolutely worth the listen.  I can never play it just once.  Judith Christie McAllister is a master of the praise and worship genre, and her appeal transcends ethnicities and denominations.  On this song, she proves why she deserves the accolades.  

The heady blend of syncopation, vocal rounds, and the powerful voice of Dr. McAllister draws worshipers in and keeps us engaged to the end, not just for the music but for the message:  We just can’t praise Him enough!  I can’t help but sway and bounce, island rhythms jamming in my head as the bass and drums call to mind reggae melodies.

Artist:  Sophisticated yet effortless praise and worship is the hallmark of the First Lady of Praise and Worship, Judith Christie McAllister.  Her style is synonymous with powerful lyrics and presentation, along with a clear emphasis on intimacy with God through worship.  Her impressive vocal range and control are often imitated, but rarely duplicated.

Dr. McAllister has served as worship leader at the West Angeles Church of God in Christ (COGIC) for almost 20 years and now leads Never Ending Worship (N.E.W.) Enterprises, founded on the principle that worship embodies the total person–spirit, soul, and body (Mark 12:30). 

Favorite lyrics:
Oh for a thousand tongues to sing
I give the praises to my King
We sing your praise, we sing your praise
Oh that all men would praise the Lord
And praise Him now in one accord
We sing your praise, we sing your praise

Sweet spots: There are several in this song.  First, at 2:30 for the first vamp that introduces rounds of soprano, alto, and tenor parts, and then again when she introduces the second vamp at 5:05.  Serious praise groove!

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