The latest Soul Survivor live album 'The Promise' has now been released, capturing the heart of worship from this summer’s Soul Survivor and Naturally Supernatural events where around 24,000 gathered across five camps to praise Jesus in exuberance, awe and intimacy. The album features Soul Survivor's very own Tom Smith and Beth Croft as well as Rend Collective and grime/rap artist Guvna B.
The heart behind the album was to capture the rawness of live worship, incorporating congregational voices as they sang out praise with abandon, aiming to get as close as possible to the feeling of being in a room surrounded by a singing multitude for the listener that wasn’t there.
Soul Survivor’s passion is to equip and resource young people and the wider church in as many ways as they can through events and resources such as this live album. Having placed an emphasis on songwriting over the last 12 months, the album features six brand new songs written or co-written by Soul Survivor’s worship director Tom Smith. These have largely evolved from melodies and phrases that have risen out of times of corporate worship at Soul Survivor Watford and Soul Survivor events around the world.
These songs have then been developed with the help of a number of well-known songwriters including Matt Redman, Nick Herbert and Phil Wickham. Executive Director of Soul Survivor, Mike Pilavachi, said,
“These songs capture a snapshot of some of the wonderful things God did this summer as thousands gathered to worship.There is something incredibly special about so many people praising together and we wanted to encapsulate that in a way that served as a resource as we all continue to worship Jesus throughout the year. Our team have been keen to write new songs that help us pour out our love to God in fresh ways, express eternal truths in a culturally relevant style, and put words to the longings of our heart today. Our hope was to write songs that people can sing as easily at home, in private times of praise, as-well-as at church and corporate times of worship.”
A key value of Soul Survivor is to allow space for the Holy Spirit to move and an example of this and a beautiful moment of worship has been captured in ‘Strings Resound’. During the Naturally Supernatural conference (a Soul Survivor event for the whole church family) the team felt God say during worship to make space for the strings to play unaccompanied.
As they played people met with God in the most incredible ways and this tender moment of heaven touching earth was captured for ‘The Promise’. Intimate times such as this and songs like ‘Jesus I Love You’ and ‘Sing Your Glory’ sit alongside the dynamic anthems on the album such as ‘Come Holy Spirit’, ‘Reality’, ‘1000 Years’, and ‘The Promise’, that were sung out with passion as people let go of their inhibitions and got lost in praising their Saviour
Mike continued, “The album title The Promise highlights the fact that God has sworn that he will never leave us; he goes with us whether we’re gathered together at a big event, or worshipping quietly alone. His love, grace and mercy are unchanging and we hope and pray these songs are a blessing to many as they worship and walk with our amazing Jesus.”