If there were a Mount Rushmore of worship artists, there is no doubt that Jesus Culture would adorn it’s walls, alongside such super groups as Hillsong and Bethel, as some of the pioneers of modern worship. What started in 2006 as a youth worship movement has certainly crossed generational lines over the past few years, and they are now one of the most followed artists on the planet.
Their 15th album, Living With A Fire, is pretty much what we have come to expect from Jesus Culture as far as songs and arrangements go. The quintet of Kim Walker-Smith, Chris McClarney, Chris Quilala, and Katie and Brian Torwalt deliver 14 new songs of faith to the
Kim Walker-Smith takes most of the vocal leadership as she is featured either as the lead vocal or part of a duet on 5 of the 14 tracks with “Center of Your Love” and “Not Afraid”
Her duet with Chris McClarney on “Let Love” is absolutely spot on, as the combination of the two vocals blend seamlessly while declaring the unending love of a God who constantly keeps searching and yearning for the hearts of His people.
Chris Quilala’s “Awe” is a powerful retelling of the death and resurrection of Christ and the impact that should have in our daily lives, while Chris McClarney’s opening track, “Move,” proclaims the power and majesty of God, while at the same time calling our nation to repentance and renewal.
Kim Walker-Smith returns to mic for the dance-infused “Freedom,” which is an interesting combination of her deep, soulful alto mixed with EDM beats that actually works well as she calls for believers to daily celebrate the victory over sin and death in their lives.
If you love Jesus Culture, you will love this big collection of new songs. There is nothing ground-breaking here, and it seems as if Jesus Culture has kind of adopted the saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”