Provident Label Group
Release Date: April 20th 2018
Reviewed by: Joshua Andre
- Great Is Thy Faithfulness [Beginning to End] (feat. Mike Weaver)
You know how sometimes a song can transcend all of time, and maybe transcend any artist, so much so that maybe just by singing that particular song; it can change anyone singing it, from the inside out? Maybe you may think I’m placing too much power in a song… But I think it’s true, that melodies have strength and the ability to infuse emotions in us that we may not understand, and they also have the ability to transcend all beliefs; and can make us all better people as a result. Particularly hymn like songs such as “In Christ Alone”, “Blessed Assurance”, “Amazing Grace”, and maybe now in the modern era with melodies like “I Can Only Imagine” (MercyMe), “How Great Is Our God” (Chris Tomlin), “What A Beautiful Name” (Hillsong Worship), and “10 000 Reasons” (Matt Redman) to name a few; songs are becoming more than just entertainment. More than just escapism for a few minutes, they have become the spiritual food by which we live by, as sometimes we can gain more from a song that we could ever from an entire series or sermons from our favourite preacher. Where am I going with this? Well, just this past week, One Sonic Society (the duo of Jason Ingram and Paul Mabury) and Mike Weaver from Big Daddy Weave joined forces to re-create and re-imagine the smash hit hymn “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”, adding their own spin on the timeless classic in a chorus called “Beginning to End”, and let me tell you, the result is nothing short of remarkable, and the result is an improved take on a hymn that is quickly becoming one of my favourites. I reckon this version of the song will take the track to new heights, and will be the start of maybe a new wave of ‘modern hymns’ or ‘reimagined hymns’ maybe releasing in the near future. Maybe it’s wishful thinking, but either way, One Sonic Society and Mike Weave have released a stellar and near flawless worship anthem that is sure to impact the lives of many and all who listen.
While I wasn’t quite feeling the acoustic version of the song that was released a few days ago through a youtube video (and thought that this song would end up being ho-hum!), the official studio version of the song completely won me over. The melody truly is top notch, with hymn and original chorus both being delivered perfectly and with such professionalism. Even though Jason Ingram doesn’t sing on this song, and with the track being just Mike leading the vocals, you can tell that it’s a track that will be popular in the coming weeks and months, that will impact- and you can tell that it is a One Sonic Society song; it has their ‘imprint’ on it 100%. With Mike proclaiming that Jesus is ‘…beginning to end, my life in your hands, great, great is Your Faithfulness, You never let go, this one thing I know, great, great is Your Faithfulness…’, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness [Beginning To End]” is a song that I know will be in my best of 2018 list of favourite songs of the year come December time- that’s how impacting it is.
So…I guess there’s nothing more to say about this track. If you want to be blessed, inspired, encouraged, and presented with a worship anthem for the ages, then by all means take a listen. You will be blown over, you will be amazed, and you will be in wonder at both Jason and Mike’s skills as songwriters. While this song and “A Billion Stars” before this may point to a new One Sonic Society album in the future, let us just for now appreciate what we do have, and what we do have is a melody that is anointed by God, that will transfix and hold our attention, and will focus our gaze onto the King of the world, as He is worthy of all of our praise! Well done One Sonic Society and Big Daddy Weave- this melody is awesome!
RIYL: All Sons And Daughters, Kristian Stanfill, Matt Redman, Rend Collective, Tim Hughes