Corey Voss is the Worship & Creative Arts Pastor for Gateway Church in Shelbyville, Tennessee and has written songs recorded by Selah (“I Got Saved”), Paul Baloche (“Psalm 92” / “We Come To You, Jesus”), Jaci Velasquez (“Praise The King”) and Dustin Smith (“How Great” / “Consume Us”) among others. His latest EP, Songs of Heaven and Earth, is a collection of newly penned worship tracks that includes co-writes with such artists as All Sons and Daughters and Krissy Nordhoff, just to name a few.
Stylistically, the album fits with such artists as Bethel, Jesus Culture, and Hillsong Young and Free, yet differs with a more laid-back worshipful feel with a few hints of celebratory anthem thrown in for good measure. This is nowhere more evident than on the opening track “The King Is Here”, which speaks of how all of Creation worships our God, and features a Hook-laden chorus reminding us that God’s presence is always near.
Lyrically, Voss provides listeners with more than meaningless Christian Cliché’s and the over-sung phrases that we are being inundated with these days. There is a genuine hunger for the heart of God here that comes through on every song on this little EP, and it is infectious.
“Canyons” begins with subdued finger-picking guitars and ethereal pads as Voss cries out to for Christ to fill his empty soul, while “As It Is In Heaven”, which was written by Alisa Turner and Dove award winner Michael Farren, is a soft and melodic prayer that foreshadows the eternity we have in heaven while also calling God’s people to make a difference for God’s kingdom while here on Earth.
This is a nice offering from Voss, and even though most of the arrangements were similar in the instrumentation and overall musical feel, the tempos and song structures were just different enough to keep things interesting. There are a few songs that could definitely make their way into your Sunday morning repertoire.