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When I first heard the name “Worship Mob”, I felt an immediate intrigue and was extremely keen to hear the sound of this oddly named band. I’ll be honest; the words “worship mob” incite images of a bunch of guys and girls flooding a mall, bedecked with banjos and drumsticks, to render spontaneous worship unto God in a somewhat rebellious way. So, to put my imagination to bed, I decided to Youtube the collective, who hail all the way from Colorado Springs, Colorado. Well, let me start by saying that the band already has over 50 000 Youtube channel subscribers! The sound and musical style is reminiscent of Housefires or All Sons and Daughters and it is obvious that these people love the presence of God!
I discovered that the team comprises a collective of worship leaders and musicians who basically started worshipping together, keeping the door open to anyone else who wanted to come and rest in the presence of God. The weekly gathering, which was the brainchild of Sean Mulholland and Garrett Chynoweth, started in 2011 and now they have over 80 other ministry leaders from 30 other surrounding local churches as part of their membership. Mulholland shared that the meetings have always been open to anyone. “We felt God’s leading to create a unifying worship setting that transcends denominational limitations, and to unite the global Body of Christ to collectively experience the deep, intimate, and life-giving relationship that only Jesus provides,” he explains. The team was signed up to Integrity Music at the beginning of this year and recently released their first studio album, “Carry the Fire”, which is what I will be reviewing today.
I was pleasantly surprised to find two covers on it – Hillsongs’‘Oceans’ and the Bethel hit: ‘You make me brave’, both of which were done well and although they are a welcome addition I must say, they were not needed on this album. The album songwriters did so well at penning tracks that hold messages you’d want to hear and declarations you’d want to sing.
An example is opening track, ‘Satisfy’. Besides the captivating voice of the amazing Gina Milne, the song’s message swept me away as they sing as the voice of the Father beckoning His children to draw close to Him for all that they need. My favorite part is towards the end of the song — a prophetic interlude where the singers literally just let go and allow God to use them as a mouthpiece. I mean, if this is the first song, then I think I really like this band!
Track 2 is titled ‘Our Father has won’ and is one of my favs on this album. The chorus breaks something in the atmosphere, with its hard hitting lyric and piercing vocal that sings: “Once broken and guilty/Now drowning in mercy/All curses undone/Our Father has won”.
‘More, More of You’ is a worship song that I can definitely see on rotation on a church set list. It speaks about wanting more of the Holy Spirit and has a really catchy chorus, with easy-to-sing lyrics that compliment it. Another worship track, ‘Love outran me’ is a love song that speaks about the work on the cross — how God loved us so much that He made a way for us to have a relationship with Him. It is such a beautiful song.
My husband appreciates ‘Love break down these walls’, which I believe was birthed out of spontaneous song. This worship tracks lyric says “Let love break down these walls/Let church go past these walls…” It created a moment of awareness for us of how important it is to take the love of God outside of the four walls of the church building, to the lost and hopeless.
I love how this album reflects true hearts of worship – how a group of normal people got together to glorify God, and He turned it into something unexpected! It’s amazing how God takes what you have in your hand – what you are willing to offer Him – and makes something grand out of it, that is able to transform lives and bring people closer to Him! I genuinely recommend this album to anyone who loves deep worship and the presence of God. The vocals are superb and the songs were clearly written from a place of deep intimacy and yearning. I give it 2 thumbs up!
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This review was originally written for and published in Gateway News