Louder Than The Music ✩✩✩✩✩ record review of "My Resurrection (Live)"

Critically acclaimed songwriter/artist/missionary Daniel Bashta, best known for writing “God’s Not Dead (Like a Lion)" has released a new album titled My Resurrection (Live).

Recorded live at Atlanta’s RiverStone Church, a multi-generation community of like-minded believers where Bashta has led worship for the last eight years, My Resurrection (Live) features eight songs and nearly an hour of music, all written and produced by Bashta.

Once alienated from a church plant he helped grow from 200 to 40,000 people, where the pastor told him that he didn’t fit into the traditional worship mold, calling his personality too brash and his songs too creative, Bashta has since went from what felt like the darkest season, to the light of God’s merciful resurrection showing up, changing everything. The album celebrates the acceptance and fervor Bashta has found within his local congregation.

"Thank You Jesus for loving me" are the opening words, and the perfect words to open any album. This country inspired opening track has such a full sound. The voices of the singers and people there at the live recording are so full and rich that it is something that took my breathe away on first listen.

The production and sound of this live album are the best I have ever heard. Seriously. Bass and drums are big, and as I said earlier the voices from everyone on the album are rich and warm and the music overall just sounds fantastic.

Daniel Bashta is a quality songwriter, that goes without saying, and this album is a mix of new songs and songs that the church globally are singing at the moment. These are songs which all point so strongly and creatively lyrically to Jesus. They are so powerful and seem to have been given a different lease of life in this recording. The raw passion feels so fresh.

Daniel speaks so openly about his past and the hardship he has been through, which has led him to record this album. What I found most exciting about these songs, is that they are all point towards the Hope God gives us.

Other great songs on the album include Bellows and Praise and Drenched in Love which will get your foot tapping, your hands clapping, and your voice singing praises to the King of Kings like nothing else matters.

Praise The Invisible is a wonderfully creative track with so much going on musically that its 6 minutes doesn't even feel long enough! The real gem of the album is the song Costly which is a masterpiece. It's one of those song you just have to hear. Words can't describe the haunting beauty in this song. It might be the shortest track on the album at 3 minutes but these are 3 minutes of amazing music. The guest vocals of Harvest Parker on the song are sublime.

At only 8 tracks you might think you are being short changed with this album. But with over an hour of high energy and high quality music this album is not only worth checking out, it's a must. Daniel is not only a great songwriter who is also a great musician, he is also a worshipper who leads with drive and a heart that wants everyone in the room and listening to his music to take steps closer to God. This flows out of this album from start to finish.

Review by Jono Davies

LTTM Rating 5 Out of 5 Stars
Standout Tracks
Drenched in Love
Praise the Lord - Rejoice
Costly

Behind the Song "Bellows of Praise"

Behind The Song “Bellows of Praise” by Daniel Bashta with Kevin Davis

http://www.newreleasetoday.com/nrteam/kevindavis_nrt

 

Critically acclaimed songwriter, artist and missionary Daniel Bashta, best known for writing “God’s Not Dead (Like a Lion),” “Seas of Crimson,” “Praise the Invisible,” “Let Hope In” and “Pursuit,” released My Resurrection (Live) on March 10. Some of the new songs on the live worship recording were inspired by hymns, including “Drenched in Love” and “Bellows of Praise.”

 

Bashta says, “Our songs are a little more progressive, but there’s something so powerful and timeless about singing these hymns. The way hymns are crafted…the verses are so strong and poetic, they take you on a journey; and the chorus gets everybody singing together and proclaiming the works and glory of God. I wanted to record a project that highlighted those songs and the power of healing that they contain. Here we are today. We have a song on the new record called ‘Bellows of Praise’ and it sings ‘I was dead in my grave but You swallowed my plague. You poured out Your blood for my resurrection.’ Everything about this record is about fresh life and resurrection power.” I had the chance to speak with Daniel about “Bellows of Praise.”

 

Please tell me the personal story behind this song.

There’s been a hymn explosion in my life. Hymns have been around forever, and I feel like in the beginning stages of my songwriting, I was trying to be so progressive and trying to come up with something wild and progressive, like what John the Baptist would sing, which is awesome and I still love that. As I’ve grown as a person, father, and songwriter, I’m seeing that hymns have stood the test of time and there is something special and timeless about them, which is why we still sing hymns. We can all sing our own version of “How Great Thou Art,” and there’s still something special about the song. I think there’s a spirit about hymns and maybe because many of these were old songs that were sung to bar tunes and introduced to the church. The church tends to wade away from bar tunes, and for me I started writing this song and the Scripture that fits the vein of the song the most is from Isaiah 53. Surely He took our pain and bore our suffering, and He was pierced for our transgressions and crushed for our iniquities. The chorus is simple, and we sing numerous times together and there’s something mystical about the verses. We have a doxology theology journey to the verses and we thought about the idea of this journey together, and in this song in addition to thinking about the journey, we proclaim the greatness of God.

 

Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song?

Hebrews 4:14-16 (NKJV): "Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need."


Isaiah 53:5 (NIV): “But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed.”

 

Jude 1:24-25 (NKJV): "Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,  To God our Savior, Who alone is wise, Be glory and majesty, Dominion and power, Both now and forever. Amen."

 

Matthew 28:6 (NKJV): "He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay."

 

Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV): "Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen."

 

Romans 8:11 (VOICE): “If the Spirit of the One who resurrected Jesus from the dead lives inside of you, then you can be sure that He who raised Him will cast the light of life into your mortal bodies through the life-giving power of the Spirit residing in you.”

 

What is the takeaway message?

In a lot of new songs that I’ve been writing, rather than trying to be so progressive all of the time, I’ve been realizing that there’s something powerful in the corporate mainframe about us singing a simple and powerful truth together. For “Bellows of Praise,” we sing “let it be Jesus, only Jesus, all that I am, all that’s within, let it be Jesus.” That’s a simple chorus, and there are other songs that sing “let it be Jesus,” but for me the words “all that I am, all that’s within,” no matter how small or how great or how many dreams that we have or what wild things happen in our lives, everything goes back to Jesus. We are all at different stages of life and have different dreams and operate in our own stratospheres and for me, if it all points back to Jesus, that’s all that matters. No matter what we accomplish in our lives, small or great, the reality is that if we are proclaiming “let it be Jesus” in our families, in our marriages, in our workplaces, and in our communities, that’s all that matters. Everything that I’m about, I want it to point back to Jesus. I love singing the song at our church, and I love proclaiming that everything is going back to Jesus. Whether we are in a valley, or on a mountaintop, in a famine or a feast, it’s all going back to “let it be Jesus.”

 

Lyrics:

Oceans of love could never contain

All of Your love forever untamed

With one final breath You vanquished my death

And laid to rest all my transgressions

 

There in the tomb broken and bruised

For every disease all heaven broke through

I was dead in my grave but You swallowed my plague

You poured out Your blood for my resurrection

 

Let it be Jesus

Only Jesus

All that I am

All that’s within

Let it be Jesus

 

When I breathe my last and death is no more

Trumpets will sound to carry me home

What joy there will be when I see Your face

With shouts of triumph and bellows of praise

 

I love the sincerity and humility of this song. I sing it at the top of my lungs with “bellows of praise” in awe of my Savior and King, Jesus. Worship is really about submission and our roles as worshippers are really defined in this song, which is to just be amazed and in awe of the power of the Cross, and pray fervently for the God's presence. All we can do is submit to Him and give everything we have to Him. I love singing this song back to Jesus and telling Him plainly that I need no other than Him. I realize that Jesus commands us to trust God completely no matter the circumstances or personal distractions or concerns. The song represents life, and includes some great challenges to step out in faith and trust in God even when you want to give up or can't see where you're going.

 

“Bellows of Praise” offers an invitation for worshippers and the song reflects my hearts cry to be in the presence of Jesus. This is a wonderful song to sing in order to prepare your heart for Easter, and it is one of the many highlights of this album's offerings of praise and worship. My Resurrection is loaded with meaningful and moving songs for the Church. This song is very convicting and a sobering reminder that God brings trials to remind us how much we need Him.

 

This song and album also give many glimpses of the authentic reality of life and our experiences, good and bad.  Things don't go as we want or even how we pray for God to work in our lives. The message of this song challenges listeners to think about our own doubts and how Jesus calls us to rely on Him and the power of His resurrection, to remember that He has overcome death and fear. That's cause to celebrate!

 

With this song, there is a gorgeous combination of the reverence of every word being directed vertically, and inspired biblically, to our God who is immeasurably more than we can imagine. I sing this song to God in my daily worship and devotional time bowing my heart to Him. Sing with all of your hearts: “For every disease all heaven broke through, I was dead in my grave but You swallowed my plague, You poured out Your blood for my resurrection.” Amen to that!

 

Watch Daniel lead the song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WS5iIUSMw4

 

The Story Behind My Resurrection

There can be no life apart from death. At least that’s what singer/songwriter Daniel Bashta believes. He’s experienced both throughout his story thus far. Yet, in the middle of what felt like the darkest season, the light of God’s merciful resurrection showed up, changing everything. Over the course of close to a decade, Bashta has been on a journey of self-discovery, attempting to discern where he—with all his God-given strengths—belongs. Now, he’s finally found a home at a quietly rebellious church in Atlanta, Ga., and he’s ready to share the spirit of his beloved community with the world on his latest live album, My Resurrection (GoForth Sounds).

The son of missionaries, Bashta—best known for writing “God’s Not Dead (Like a Lion)”—grew up all over the globe, living in Russia, China and Amsterdam. While studying in London, he fell in love with worship after meeting Matt Redman and Tim Hughes. And that set in motion a career in ministry, helping to plant churches and lead worship all over the U.S. Throughout the years, his original songs have been recorded by Newsboys, Third Day, David Crowder, Passion Band, Jesus Culture and Bethel Music. But in the early 2000s, a pastor questioned his calling, telling Bashta he didn’t fit into the traditional worship mold—his personality too brash; his songs too creative.

They were all lies from the enemy, but nonetheless, they took root in Bashta’s head and heart. “I remember when he said that, I just felt like this curse, this dark cloud, came over my life,” he admits. “I think for a season, I tried everything to fit in. The more I tried to fit in, the more I lost myself and the further I strayed from who God made me to be.”

Feeling like they had been kicked out of their church family, with no money and little purpose, Bashta and his wife set out in search of a new start, which inspired a move to Atlanta. “We got really hurt and really, really bitter,” Bashta shares. “We basically just lost our heart for the local church.”

The storyteller in Bashta soon found a new creative outlet through launching a non-profit. He threw all of his energy into GoMotion Worldwide, an organization that uses music, media and missions to shine a light on people doing good. “We sing songs; we tell stories; and we create change,” Bashta says of the ministry’s primary vision.

Professionally, Bashta was struggling to make ends meet and attempting to discern why he was so misunderstood. Personally, he and his wife began to grow their family. Following the successful adoption of their first son, they filed paperwork to adopt a second child. However, they soon learned they were pregnant—after battling infertility—and halted the adoption process. It was an uncanny pattern that seemed to continue each time they filed for adoption. Today, Bashta has four children—one adopted child and three biological kids—all six and under.

Fatherhood proved to be precisely what Bashta needed. “It basically started this healing in our lives,” he says of the miracle of adoption followed by the birth of his three other kids. “Maybe it’s becoming a dad once over and over and over, but I’m seeing that even my songwriting style is changing.”

In the midst of experiencing the gift of parenthood four times over, Bashta saw “God’s Not Dead (Like a Lion)” became a massive No. 1 radio hit sung around the world. For Bashta, the anthem became a personal declaration.

“It’s really this song of hope and freedom from all these voices that were trying to change me or not let me be myself,” he says. Maybe his brand of music had purpose, after all.

Gradually, God also began to call Bashta and his wife back to the local church. Today, he’s the worship leader at Atlanta’s RiverStone Church, a multi-generation community of like-minded believers who have embraced Bashta just as he is.

“It’s been this journey over the last eight years of things that were dead inside of us and people who told us we couldn’t be who God created us to be,” Bashta offers. “The healing that has happened to my wife and I in the last eight years has been unbelievable. We went from being broke and having nothing to all of a sudden finding a family, starting a family and seeing God just bring so much healing. We’re not the same people anymore. So much has changed in our hearts. God has completely restored our love for the local church.”

That’s why it was significant for Bashta to record a live album that invites the world to worship alongside his community. My Resurrection captures the unbridled spirt of Bashta’s paint-outside-the-lines worship through a mix of new selections and familiar songs that are already being sung in churches globally. “I think this record is a testament to this journey we’ve been on, looking back at what God has done in our life,” he attests. “We went from being so full of death and being jaded to now being so full of life and full of this resurrection spirit.”

Marked by his adventurous creativity and reckless abandon in the same vein as one of his greatest influences, Keith Green, My Resurrection (Live) celebrates the acceptance and fervor he’s found within his local congregation. “This record is probably one of the least produced records I’ve done, but it’s the most fun record, because we’re with family. What’s better than that?” he asks. “This is a true interpretation of how we lead worship, the songs that we sing, and what we’re about.”

The album’s eight tracks are all penned by Bashta, with the listening experience clocking in at just under an hour. “The church was the first place where I would introduce a new song before anyone else had heard it in a corporate way,” he says. “I just wanted to make a simple record for our church of us singing these songs together.”

Several of the project’s new tracks—“Bellows of Praise” and “Drenched in Love”—were inspired by old hymns. “The way hymns are crafted…the verses are so strong and poetic, they take you on a journey; and the chorus gets everybody singing together and proclaiming,” he observes. “I think it’s cool we can write songs that are a little more progressive. There’s something so powerful about singing these hymns. Whether it’s your first hymn or you’ve sung this hymn hundreds of times, I feel like hymns are just timeless.”

Additional tracks feature lesser known voices Bashta is eager to introduce to the world, including Matt Jackson (“Thank You Jesus”), EB Cole (“Praise The Lord - Rejoice”) and his sister, Harvest Parker (“Costly”). He consistently collaborates with up-and-coming songwriters and worship leaders, passionate about championing the gifts of others. His passion for facilitating artistic collaboration has led Bashta to launch LINUS, a curated gathering for thoughtful creatives to share songs, stories and communion.

He’s found authentic community. He’s witnessed his songs take on a life of their own, and he’s continued to cultivate his unique brand of creativity, proving the naysayers wrong. Bashta is finally comfortable in his own skin once and for all—as a believer, a father and a worship leader. “I think my life is all about breaking outside of the boxes,” he offers. “Why would I want to sound like anyone else when God’s already created that person to sound like they should, and He’s created me to sound like I should? I think each of us has a piece of God’s creative heart inside us. I’m not going to dam up the creative spirit that God has given me.”Although the journey has been long, and at times heartbreaking, today Bashta unapologetically pursues all of his endeavors—be it songwriting, worship leading, creativity or even adoption—with a vibrant, renewed passion for the heart of the local church, never content to stay in the lines.

“Creative people should always be pushing boundaries,” he attests. “The world needs creative dreamers to create and to inspire and to change their environments around them. I think that’s probably the whole message of My Resurrection… There’s life coming. Get ready for it.”

"I was dead in my grave until you swallowed my plague. You poured out Your blood for my resurrection"   LET IT BE JESUS