Release Date: July 29th 2022
Reviewed by: Joshua Andre
- Take My Breath Away
Way back at the end of 2018, BEC Recordings signed worship leader Tasha Layton – the latest artist in what seems to be a signing spree. Matty Mullins, Stephen Christian, Jorge (now known as George Mhondera), Aaron Bucks, River Valley Worship and London Gatch were all presented a spot on the label in 2017, while Brian Ortize, Free Worship and Battledrums were signed to BEC Recordings in 2018. These days, BEC Recordings looks way, way different; yet this doesn’t mean Tasha was added to the roster just to make up numbers nor for the sake of it. Rather, with Tasha’s debut EP Love Running Wild scoring a 5/5 rating, and me enjoying her brand of worship-pop music very much; let me just let you all know, that Tasha’s joy and effervescent love for Jesus has shined through on very song she has released. With Tasha’s vocals being simply extremely powerful and strong, more-so than any other debut artist over the past few years in my opinion; Tasha unveiled Into The Sea in 2020, an EP that I reviewed here, and a release that further confirmed my assertions of Tasha being one of today’s most inspiring worship leaders. The release of Look What You’ve Done – a 3 song EP in 2021, further reminds us of Tasha’s staying power and songwriting prowess- in a CCM industry that desperately needs revamping quickly in order to stay relevant and relatable. And as Tasha’s worship melodies are a breath of fresh air, we were introduced to Tasha’s full length debut album How Far (which we reviewed here). As Tasha continues to remind us how much she is on fire for Jesus and her prowess as a songwriter and as a singer; I am continually in wonder of a God who loves me unconditionally and calls me to be in relationship with Him! And now, as we fast forward to the present, Tasha is back… this time with something quite different. It’s a cover song- Tasha has recorded her version of “Take My Breath Away”, originally recorded by Berlin, and originally the theme song for the movie Top Gun.
There’s nothing much to say about this version. Tasha’s vocals are exemplary, and this cover is beautifully recorded. I’m not sure why Tasha decided to record a ‘mainstream’ cover (maybe she’s a fan of Top Gun and the sequel?), but I love it anyway. The bridge between ‘mainstream’ and ‘Christian’ is blurring more and more; and I reckon that’s an extremely good thing. Tasha excelling technically and on a soul level in this song is just what we need this year; and a stirring and near-flawless rendition of one of the most inspiring songs of the 80’s, is a good thing indeed. You may critique this song by saying that ‘it’s not a Christian song’, but I for one welcome this move- as we hear Christian artists sing more about life, in order to capture audiences, they would never have caught otherwise. And so, let me tell you, I will keep on listening to Tasha’s melodies, and tell people of Tasha’s thoroughly engaging and inspiring tracks. Well done, Tasha, can’t wait for you to hear what is next from you, as you continue to bless us all with more songs! Fans of Hannah Kerr, Natalie Grant, Kari Jobe, Sarah Reeves, and Mia Fieldes will love Tasha Layton!
RIYL: Caitie Hurst, Natalie Grant, Hannah Kerr, Sarah Reeves, Mia Fieldes, Britt Nicole, Ellie Holcomb