Provident Label Group
Release Date: November 9th 2018
Reviewed by: Joshua Andre
- It Came To Pass (Worthy, Worthy) [feat. Jon Guerra]
You know when you hear a song and you think that’s it’s ‘plagarised’ from another artist, or maybe the melody ‘borrowed’ from another artist; but then you find out that it’s actually a newly recorded rendition of a hit song from the same artist- the very same artist whom you thought was plagiarising? Confused? Vertical Worship is one of my favourite worship bands ever (you can read our reviews of Bright Faith Bold Future, Frontiers, Vertical Worship, and Church Songs and then listen to these albums!), so I guess you’d be surprised by “It Came To Pass (Worthy, Worthy)” if you weren’t a long-time fan, or even if you are.
For those who aren’t in the know, “It Came To Pass” is just a re-recording of “Worthy, Worthy” (originally present on the 2013 album The Rock Won’t Move from Meredith Andrews!), with altered verses to fit the Christmas season, yet both Jon and myself didn’t originally think so. We were so adamant that Vertical Worship had stolen someone else’s melody- someone else who’s melody was far more superior- and when the penny dropped, and we figured out that Vertical Worship ‘plagarised’ their own song, we began to see “Worthy, Worthy” in a new light. As a song for the ages and as a God-breathed and Holy Spirit anointed melody, that is sure to be sung in churches in the coming years. Don’t believe me? Need more proof that this song, and the Christmas version are needed today now more than ever before? Check out the song and let me know what you think!
“…The serene, calm, piano ballad “Worthy, Worthy”, unlike the anthemic rousing “Strong God”, plays more to Meredith’s strengths in singing ballads, and here she just strides into her element. At her worshipful best; Meredith’s vocals here are sublime, and as she stirs our hearts to worship corporately, it’s nothing short of breathtaking and remarkable how Meredith’s voice can command a room of worshippers to fervently lift high the name of Christ. As the words are sung ‘…though we cannot comprehend, such a mystery, just a glimpse of You is compelling us to sing holy, holy is the Lord God almighty, worthy, worthy is Your name, all of heaven joins the universe every crying worthy, worthy is Your name…’, the only thing I can say in response to the God-inspired lyrics is ‘Amen’! Meredith is such an anointed worship leader, and on The Rock Won’t Move her two offerings are some of her best songs of her career!…” With this above quote about the track taken verbatim from my review of The Rock Won’t Move from Christian Music Zine (now defunct!), I’m sure you all can tell that this track is one of my favourites from the band ever! This Christmas version with Jon Guerra on guest vocals only enhances my view (and I’m sure it will with yours as well!); and has me extremely excited for whatever comes next! So let us sit back and enjoy Vertical Worship’s Christmas take on a well known worship classic, and let us hope that they continue to take the world by storm, and continue to show us all what great songwriters and worship leaders they are! Maybe a full-length Christmas album next?
RIYL: Kari Jobe, Hillsong UNITED, Matt Redman, Cory Asbury, Corey Voss, Alisa Turner