Cody Carnes is no stranger to world of worship, as he has been one of the premier worship leaders at Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas for many years. Oh, and if you have never heard of him, you probably know his wife, Kari Jobe. His songs have been featured on a number of Gateway albums, with the most notable being “Let the Heaven’s Open,” which was features on his wife’s Dove Award-winning album, Majestic in 2014.
His debut album, The Darker the Night / The Brighter the Morning, features 13 new creatively penned songs, and firmly anchors its theme around God’s hope and faithfulness, and the healing power of grace.
“Resurrection Blood” kicks the album off with a raw and edgy bend as Carnes sings declaratively about the saving blood of Jesus that runs through our veins. “What Freedom Feels Like” follows with a catchy, hook-laden acoustic pop rocker about how the grace of Christ brings freedom.
Kari Jobe’s lends her angelic vocal tones to two tracks on her husband’s debut, with “Rooms” being the standout, as she sings passionately about wanting to see and learn about the heart of God. “Wait Here” is a creative look at the faithfulness of God and how He finds us in the midst of our struggle while reminding us to rest in His arms.
I always smile when artists do songs about the body and blood of Christ because it is such a central representation of just what He did for us. “Bread and Wine” is a wonderful, acoustic-driven communion song about how Christ comes to us and fulfills every need through the power of His body and blood.
The Darker the Night / The Brighter the Morning is a creative expression of true worship. The songs are well mixed, with interesting and well-thought out arrangements that fit the lyrics perfectly in most cases. The mixture of electronics and flowing worship melodies throughout this album work well, and even though I am not a fan of electronic-instruments in worship, I didn’t feel myself getting distracted by those offered here. The melodies, adoration-focused lyrics, and overall feel were engaging throughout and will bring listeners, whether privately or corporately, into a place of awe and worship.