Monday Melody – Wonderful, Merciful Savior

 

Song/Album:  “Wonderful, Merciful Savior” by Anthony Evans  on the album The Bridge.
Why it made the cut:   I wrote about “Wonderful, Merciful Savior” a few months ago in a guest post on the Jumping Tandem blog.  I love listening to many versions of the song, but Anthony Evan’s version has a gentleness coupled with urgency that makes it very endearing.  

Anthony’s gift to us on The Bridge is timeless interpretations of well-loved praise songs that draw us into personal worship that transcends time and space.  This is what happens whenever I hear his take on this song in particular.

With piano and percussion laced together to create an atmosphere ripe for reflection on God’s character, the song calls listeners into a meditative state.  You can’t help but dwell on the Father’s love for us and His protection and provision in all aspects of life. He is, indeed, the One we praise and adore!

 


Artist:
  I first heard and saw Anthony Evans when he was a backup singer with Kirk Franklin several years ago.  Over the last decade, the son of renowned pastor Tony Evans of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, TX, has carved out an impressive solo career marked by his signature tenor and humble spirit.


“I’ve noticed that there is something God does between my mouth and the audience’s ear,” he says.  “Somehow he translates my honest emotions and connects them with what is going on inside each listener.”

Not only is Anthony a beloved and well respected gospel music artist; he is well known for his involvement with humanitarian groups, such as World Vision and Samaritan’s Purse, and his ministry with Women of Faith, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Crusades, and Lifeway Christian Resources.

Six albums later, Evans, a worship leader as well as a vocalist, was one of the contestants in Season 2 of The Voice.  Describing his participation in the singing competition,  Anthony says:  “I’ve been able to make relationships with people that I would have never gotten to know in any other scenario.”

Favorite lyrics:

Counselor, comforter, keeper
Spirit we long to embrace
You offer hope when our hearts have
Hopelessly lost the way
Oh, we’ve hopelessly lost the way

Sweet spot:  The piano interlude from 2:09 to 2:41.  I love how it gives the song breathing room until the peak that occurs at 3:43.


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