Release Date: May 15th 2020
Reviewed by: Joshua Andre
- Amazing Grace
Founded by Lindz West in 2005, in Manchester England, pop/dance/worship/rap group LZ7 have had an extraordinary and inspiring journey for the past ten years, with many of their smash hits rising in both the Christian and mainstream music markets (including their crossover hit “This Little Light”!). With their previous albums These Are Better Days, Home, Aftershow, Light and Gasoline all loved and appreciated by listeners and critics alike; it isn’t known whether LZ7 will release a new full length album anytime soon, or not, yet these brand new melodies from LZ7 inspire and provide us insight into the human condition, as the group reminds me musically to artists like TobyMac, Lecrae, Group 1 Crew and Hillsong Young & Free. And while LZ7 have recently dropped a brand new single titled “Amazing Grace”; this is indeed a re-recording and a reimagining of…yep, you guessed it! The hymn of the same name.
Written by John Newton, “Amazing Grace” is probably the most universally known and respected hymn of all time- one which both believers and non-believers know inside out. And though while many listeners probably know the version from Chris Tomlin (“Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)”) the best; LZ7 have delivered a rendition that’s worthy and pretty enjoyable- I reckon rivalling Chris’s for the most engaging. With three rap verses strategically placed around the song, with the hymn’s first verse acting as the ‘chorus’ in this version; “Amazing Grace” from LZ7 is an absolute gem to listen to and a track that needs to be heard and experienced to be believed!
We wrote and recorded ‘Amazing Grace’ in quarantine across the Atlantic between the UK and USA and we wanted to evoke a specific emotion. The combination of the lead and the raps poignantly combines the experiences I think we all can relate to due to the bazaar things that have happened in 2020. We hope that this track with be a beacon of light as we face the pandemic together knowing there is still a glimmer of hope through it all. Still considered to be new and upcoming to the CCM/worship/pop music scene, LZ7 have created an exquisite single that keeps me dancing long after the music stops. With “Amazing Grace” having the potential to cross country borders, and genre borders- not to mention maybe expand their popularity to other parts of the world where these guys may not have been heard of before, LZ7’s ability to deliver pop, rap, EDM and ballads is a great skill that will only continue to lead them to newer heights in the future. With a new album in the works for release sometime soon I reckon, fans of Toby, Group 1 Crew, Press Play, Matt Redman or Capital Kings are sure to enjoy this new single- as well as fans of hymns, worship songs, and Chris Tomlin. Well done guys, I hope and pray that 2020 and 2021 are some of your best years ever!
Score: 4 .5/5
RIYL: Group 1 Crew, Matt Redman, Capital Kings, TobyMac, Rapture Ruckus, Press Play