Release Date: August 23rd 2019
Reviewed by: Joshua Andre
- In The Arms
Is there anything TobyMac can’t do? Seriously! I mean, apart from being a full-fledged singer/songwriter and influential musician in the CCM industry, and being nominated a crazy amount of awards throughout his time in the spotlight, as well as recently dropping a collaboration/remix project of songs off The Elements from last year; he is also the CEO of Gotee Records- previously a large but now a small, tightly knit label group with a handful of artists of which most Toby has ‘found’ and has since nurtured to stardom so to speak. Not to say that Toby’s an active mentor to all of these artists, but his impact and imprint has been all over these artists, which is definitely a good thing. Even though Relient K and Jamie Grace are now independent singers, and Capital Kings have disbanded (and all three received their start through TobyMac!), the current roster of Finding Favour, Hollyn, Cochran and Co., Jon Reddick, Ryan Stevenson and Aaron Cole have all been moulded along the path of Christian music due to Toby’s presence in their lives. Well, it’s time for yet another young artist to step in and show the world what she can deliver to us. TERRIAN, one of Toby’s backing vocalists, and longtime member of the Diverse City Band, has decided to step out on her own and start her own solo career via Gotee Records…I guess under Toby’s tutelage. So what is the end result? After releasing her debut single “God With Us”, it’s time to hear a follow-up single in “In The Arms”, where TERRIAN channels her inner Hollyn vocally…and succeeds immensely!
The concept of being in the arms of Jesus always and Him never letting us go is a theme that is recurring in plenty of places in the Bible. Yet it’s still a concept that most of us don’t really grasp 100% of the time. And that’s ok. Sometimes we feel like the world is caving in and that God isn’t around, nor does He want to be. Yet TERRIAN has delivered a passionate mid-tempo piano led pop ballad soothing to our soul, which alleviates our doubts of God actually loving us and being with us and for us. Reminding us that ‘…in the shelter of Your wings, You cover me, and it’s here my rescued heart begins to sing, there is just one place I go to be safe…’, we are presented with a poppy, singable and accessible tune that unlike many other pop songs, actually contains lyrics that can and will challenge and comfort. If we are ever uncertain of the faithfulness of Jesus, I guarantee that one listen to such a honest and heartfelt piece will dispel any reservations of God’s love for us.
Through lyrically and thematically simple, I’ve got to say that “In The Arms” is nonetheless one of this year’s most inspiring tracks I’ve heard. Sky’s the limit for TERRIAN, and let us hope that whenever her full length debut releases, that lives will be changed and hearts opened to the Gospel because of it! Well done Toby for signing such a gem of an artist, and a woman seriously on fire for Jesus! Now Toby…it’s time for that official dc Talk reunion, don’t you reckon?
RIYL: Riley Clemmons, Francesca Battistelli, Hollyn, Jamie Grace, Seth & Nirva, TobyMac