The debut recording from this talented songwriter and performer runs the gamut of contemporary, folk-pop, and worship styles, ranging from delicate ballads to soaring songs of praise. Great God Who Saves includes her powerful rendition of the worship anthem "Indescribable," penned by Laura but popularized by Chris Tomlin.
Format: Compact disc Vendor: Provident Music Distribution
Atlanta-based singer/songwriter and worship leader Laura Storys compelling label debut deserves an extended hearing by traditional and modern worship music listeners alike. Expounding the intricacies of faith with poise and charm, the artist draws significant inspiration from a recent personal crisis. Only one year after marrying her childhood sweetheart, Storys husband was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Somehow Story manages to trust God through the deep waters, and through the pain she reveals a decidedly intimate musical offering.
From the country-inflected title track to the redemptive piano-driven ballad Grace, the whole project resonates with organic warmth evocative of a young Nichole Nordeman. At times, Storys arrangements are strikingly minimalist, as evidenced on delicate song Perfect Peace. Elsewhere, though, buoyant cuts like Bless the Lord and current radio single Mighty to Save radiate with reverential timbre.
Story also unveils a goose-bump-inducing version of mega anthem Indescribable, a hymn she penned that initially gained popularity when Chris Tomlin released it in 2004. Of course, today the song is a modern worship fixture in churches around the world.
As soothing as a cup of herbal tea after a hectic day, Storys debut should serve as a cathartic achievement for the artist and a rewarding gift to listeners.