The Porter’s Gate: Volume 1: Work Songs

Isaac Wardell has your antidote for monocultural worship music. Known for his Bifrost Arts series of concept albums that brought together the likes of Leigh Nash, Rosie Thomas, and The Gregory Brothers a few years back, Wardell now assembles a new mass of talent drawn equally from the worlds of indie folk and urban praise, recorded live during a worship leader summit in NYC. Contributors include Josh Garrels, Liz Vice, Audrey Assad, Latifah Alattas, Madison Cunningham, and the Urban Doxology ensemble. The album title, Work Songs, sets forth the theme of vocation and our calling in our daily work, which runs strongly through tracks like “Your Labor Is Not In Vain,” “Little Things with Great Love,” and the beautiful “Christ Has No Body But Ours” (on earth). This collection is not happy clappy music. This is profound reflection on the lives to which Christ calls us, as well as being art music well worth supporting on its musical merits.

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