Phillips, Craig and Dean releases a message of hope in Above It All Nov13


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Phillips, Craig and Dean releases a message of hope in Above It All

Above it allFor more than two decades, Dove-award winning trio Phillips, Craig and Dean have blended their dual callings as full-time pastors and recording artists, releasing a dozen albums of praise and worship songs. Veterans in the Contemporary Christian Music scene, PC&D have sold 3 million albums; they have had 23 #1 songs, with the latest, “Revelation Song” receiving gold certification. Their latest album, Above It All, from Fair Trade Services, combines their signature sound with an underlying message of hope in the finished work of Jesus.

Nathan Nockels (Passion, Matt Redman, Chris Tomlin) and Seth Mosley (Michael W. Smith, The Digital Age, Family Force 5) joined the trio to produce the ten songs on the project.

“What Hope Feels Like” launches the project with a techno-pop tune. The chorus, I am learning to live again/ I am learning to love again/ I am not going back again/ I’ve been born again encourages listeners to forget what lies behind and look instead to what God has done in our lives.

The album’s title is taken from the powerful anthem, High Above it All. Craig explains the song’s message, “No matter what circumstances we are walking through, there is a God who is unsurprised by what we’re facing.”

Voices From the Other Side will resonate with anyone who has lost a loved one. Phillips wrote this tender country-style tune after Dean’s father, Bill, died. The lyric They say there’s a cloud of witnesses cheering everybody on offers hopeful comfort in times of grief.

The stand out song on this project is Come As You Are. Slower and melodic, the heart of its message is in the chorus. Come as you are with your heart wide open and broken/ Come as you are with your wounds and your scars/ He is waiting and hear Him saying/ Fall into my arms.

Above It All is not one of those albums that features a couple of monster radio hits packaged with eight instantly forgettable songs. The 10-song project is uniformly enjoyable, and fans of the genre will be hard-pressed to pick a favorite.