Kingsway are proud to announce the follow-up album to last year’s debut release from Elim Sound – the collective of worship leaders and pastors from the UK’s Elim Pentecostal group of churches. And as follow-ups go, this year’s ‘Sound Of Hope’ is a perfect step on that will inspire even greater momentum within the worship life of the church.
Having set themselves the task of not just defining the sound of an entire denomination’s sung worship – but also releasing it within churches across the nation – Elim Sound have been on a sharp learning curve.
Speaking last at the time of their debut, Elim Sound’s Joel Pridmore acknowledged that ‘there isn’t a collective Elim Sound right now. There might be churches that sing Soul Survivor songs or others who find that Hillsong songs are connecting with people, but there aren’t songs that specifically help express who we are as Elim churches.’
Joel, Sam Blake, Stephen Gibson and Ian Yates have started to change all that. ‘Sound Of Hope’ is both a look back at the songs that have started to grow within the Elim movement since they started their work, but it is also a look forward to how things may sound in the future. And all the evidence suggests that it will be growing in volume and passion with every step.
Songs like ‘Trust In The Lord’ point the way. What starts out as the easiest of congregational sing-a-longs takes a dramatic twist three-minutes in, introducing an element that is truly transformations. After that, trust seems a whole lot closer.
‘You Found Me’ has all the honest intimacy of vintage Cutting Edge era Martin Smith, while ‘Prophetic Sound’ brings worshippers back to an essential expression of worship which some have overlooked in recent years. ‘Hallelujah Sound’ continues to echo the sound of the nations, bringing cultures together rather than leaving them apart.
‘Sounds Of Hope’ isn’t going to be the last album you will hear from Elim Sound – not by a long way. Take a listen to ‘Authentic Church’ and you can hear why: there’s not a clearer statement of intent for the Church being sung today.