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'There Is A Cloud'
by Herb Longs, thechristianbeat.org
North Carolina's Elevation Worship released
another exceptional live album, "There
Is A Cloud," recorded live at Elevation Ballantyne.
Elevation Worship has become an influential voice in churches around the
world charting songs such as "Only King Forever,"
"Give Me Faith," and
"Unstoppable God." This current record follows the
chart-topping 2016 release "Here As In Heaven", and is
the tenth full-length release from the church.
"O Come To The Altar" still sits at #2 on Billboard's Contemporary
Christian Music charts a year after its release.
Worship founding members and featured vocalists Chris Brown
and Mack Brock recently took some time to talk with us
about the new record and tour plans.
First off, congratulations on the release of
There Is A Cloud! To begin, can you give us some insight into
the album's title track and why you chose it to represent the
Thank you! In
1 Kings there's a story about Elijah telling his servant to go
look for a raincloud when the country had been in a drought for
3 years. And his servant comes back 6 times saying there's no
sign of rain. But finally on the 7th time, he reports that he
sees a small cloud rising out over the sea. And it felt like a
great message to center our album around - that when we find
ourselves in a season of drought, a season of waiting or of
wondering when we'll see the harvest from what we've been
sowing, we can trust that God is faithful, throughout it all!
When God gives us a promise, it's no longer a matter of if, but when. A
season of drought doesn't mean the death of a promise, only a
delay. Cause what God promises, He'll always do. So this title
track for the album is centered around the faithfulness of God.
long has the team been working on writing and recording this new
We have been
playing these songs in our church for over a year, but we
recorded the album in the fall of 2016 at our 12 day Code
Who/what were some of your biggest inspirations in constructing
this new project?
We pull from a
lot of sources for inspiration in sounds and song structures -
but our biggest influence has just been the style of our
musicians and church over the past several years playing music
together. Figuring out our sound and tone for these songs that
is along the lines of what we do every weekend at church. Some
outside influences range from Killers, Coldplay, Kygo,
Hillsong, Chance, kind of all over the place.
the process of making this record more similar or different
compared to recording previous projects?
It was very
similar to recording other projects. The way we work with our
team, we've got set timelines of working these songs out on the
front end, leading into the recording - going through several
layers of pre-production before the actual event. This project
was, however, different because we recorded it at our revival
and had multiple times to go through each song during the 12
night revival and hone in the sound and structure of each song.
Were there any songs that were particularly challenging to write
I'd say the
song "Do It Again" took shape over the longest period of
time. It actually started with Matt Redman hearing a
sermon from Pastor Steven in July 2014. The line that started
the song was from that sermon - "the promise still stands."
After spending some weeks on it without much progress, the song
idea got buried. Then in the fall of 2015, a year and a half
later, we circled back on it and wrote the bridge and verses. In
a lot of ways, I guess the actual process of writing this
particular song resonates with its message.
there one particular song that has a very personal meaning for
I believe my
favorite is the song called "Yours (Glory and Praise)."
It's a very vertical song centered around God's glory and grand
nature of the worship that is taking place around his throne day
and night. But there's one line in the verse that really touches
me every time. It contrasts his power and majesty with his heart
for us in one very personal line: "So high above, yet slain for
What do you hope listeners take away
from There Is A Cloud?
We hope this
album reminds people that God is always working on their behalf.
That even in times of silence, or pain, or doubt, His purpose
and love for us still remain. And our highest hope is that each
song would lead people to an atmosphere of worship, wherever
they find themselves listening to it.
Elevation Worship's "Do It
live performance of
"O Come To The Altar"
O Come To The
by Matt Bell, GodTv
If there's one thing that really gets us stoked at GOD TV, it's
powerful and anointed worship music. And Elevation Worship
is producing some of the most powerful and Spirit-led worship of
this generation. I had a chance to catch up with Mack Brock,
of Elevation Worship recently to learn more about their new
album, "There Is A Cloud" and what makes Elevation Worship unique.
Tell us a little bit about Elevation Worship. What's in your
own unique DNA?
One of the things I love most about Elevation Worship is
that we are nothing apart from Elevation Church. We are deeply
rooted in a local church and that's our primary goal - week in
and week out - is to pour ourselves into our church, our people,
being servants to God's mission here. That translates in how we
approach songwriting, album producing, etc...it's all tied back
to that vision.
What was your inspiration for this album?
The biggest theme for this album is God's
faithfulness....believing in it, reminding ourselves of it -
whether we are in a season of drought, or in a season of harvest
- God's promises, His heart for us, his hope for us, never
changes. Our circumstances might change, but He never does.
How does this album differ
from your earlier work?
I don't know if this album is a huge departure or
anything from albums before, but just another layer of what God
is doing in our church. A layer deeper of God's work in us, His
movement in our ministry.
I think the songs are more direct lyrically, with a more pointed vision
for what we want to sing in church. What we want to declare to
God, about God... what we want to be reminded of during our time
How do you hope this album will inspire people?
More than anything, I want this album to remind people
that God is ALWAYS there with them. Even if He's quiet, even if
you feel secluded and alone - you are not! He's always moving
with you, and always close, and He hasn't forgotten about you.
Sometimes we just need to be reminded of that simple truth.
When not working on your own music,
what's on your Spotify playlist?
So much! I like pretty much any type of good songwriting,
good production. Recently I've really liked Chance the
Rapper, Bon Iver, Chris Stapleton, Chainsmokers, Lana Del Rey...
I'm kind of all over the place!
What artists inspire you?
Hillsong is a great inspiration to us on so many levels.
Not just music and songwriting, but church leadership and
ministry/team building. They are pioneers in so many ways.
I'm inspired by all the artists listed above...I pull
inspiration from so many different songs or moments that I hear.
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"Won't Stop Now"
Elevation Worship, the worship ministry of Elevation Church: a multi-site church based in the Charlotte, NC area, lis ed by Pastor Steven Furtick. They have written many hits that are sung by worship teams all over the world such as “Resurrecting,” “Do It Again,” “O Come to the Altar,” “Grace Like a Wave,” “Unstoppable God,” and many others.
Won't Stop Now is the first single from the new CD, Hallelujan Here Below.
What happens when you bring Elevation Worship, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Israel Houghton, Travis Greene, Tye Tribbett, Kierra Sheard, and The Walls Group together on an album? Elevation Collective, a new project from Elevation Worship.
The project is comprised of 8 tracks and features members of the Charlotte, NC based Elevation Worship as well as the aforementioned artists. Features the hits "Do It Again" with Travis Greene & Kierra Sheard and "Here As In Heaven" with Tasha Cobbs Leonard.
(There Is A Cloud)
On the heels of their hit, "O Come To The Altar," from "Here As In Heaven," North Carolina's Elevation Church returns with an exceptional live worship recording. There Is A Cloud features brand new songs including the title track, "Do It Again," "Forever I Run," and others.
(Do It Again)
"O Come To
Since 2006, North Carolina
area Elevation Church has
thrived under the leadership
of Pastor Steven Furtick.
The church's high-energy
music ministry, Elevation
Worship, blends vertical and
scriptural lyrics with a
driving modern worship
sound. This 2015 release
includes "Yahweh," "O
Come To The Altar," the
title track, and more.
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