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DescriptionTalented worship leader and songwriter Laura Story is best known for her inspirational hit ?Blessings? . With only two albums to her credit, she?s already an award winner several times over. ?Blessings? was certified Digital Gold and nabbed a 2012 Billboard Music Award, GRAMMY? and helped Story to four Dove Award wins. She also co-wrote ?Indescribable,? a Chris Tomlin anthem.Now, with her third studio album, God Of Every Story, Laura returns to that deep place of spiritual vulnerability and personal honesty. Award-winning producer Ed Cash helmed the deeply personal project, and their shared Carolina roots led to the incorporation of acoustic and epic instruments into this worshipful pop album.Lyrically, God Of Every Story draws from Story?s own life. Her husband?s brain tumor early in their marriage led the young family down a painful path she wouldn?t have chosen, but one that deepened her faith and her music. The resulting songs show God?s love and grace intersecting with real life. The album is a wonderful reminder that despite our questions or circumstances, God is the ultimate author of our story.
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Like her song "Indescribable," this album opens with the congregational friendly song "There Is A Kingdom" which showcases Laura's gifts as a songwriter for the Church. The song opens with an upbeat tempo and the call to worship, "Church arise and, sing for the joy/ Sing for the joy we found / with our lives we, shout out Your praise God, we proclaim Your Kingdom's coming." The album is loaded with that type of worshipful truth as Laura sincerely praises God for His goodness in every single song. "O Love of God" is another vertically focused song including the lyrical word pictures, "O love of God, my shield and spade, Will You turn me to the oceans of Your grace?"
God has gifted Laura as a storyteller, and like in her previous offerings, the highlights are found in her vulnerable prayer-songs, including lead single, "I Can Just Be Me." There is a lyrical nugget for Christians looking for words to express their deep feelings of knowing that this fallen world is not their home: "I've been living like an orphan / Trying to belong here / But it's just not my home."
Right from the opening notes of "God of Every Story," you'll be mesmerized by the melody and message of this amazing song. The piano melody and sweeping strings frame the transparent, vulnerable and moving title track, which Laura said was the last song written for the album. The song ties all of the other songs together, anchored down by the biblical truth of Isaiah 55, "His ways are higher / than we could ever comprehend / when our world is shaking, He holds us in the palm of His hand." Amen.
God's promises us in His Word that His mercies are new every morning. Whatever situation you are facing you can know that God is with you, always. That truth is tenderly portrayed in "Who but Jesus." Laura praises the loving and sacrificial attributes of our Savior as she achingly sings, "Who but Jesus, loves this sinner / He alone is my righteousness."
"Keeper of The Stars" was originally the title track before Laura and producer Ed Cash wrote "God of Every Story." It's another song for the Church. I really like how Laura changes pronoun tense similar to "10,000 Reasons" by Matt Redman as she sings, "I'm giving it all to the Keeper of the stars / You're the Keeper of the stars / Look up now, O my soul / See His greatness and behold, behold!" I'd love to sing the song with fellow believers.
"He Will Not Let Go" is a gorgeous closer. Laura achingly sings this tender and prayerful ballad about God's faithfulness. I love the closing words of the song and album: "I've heard it soft, this too shall pass, the joy will come, that the hurt won't last / so I will trust that within His grasp / I am not alone / For He will not let go." Amen.
Closing Thoughts (Staff Review, NewReleaseTuesday.com)
God of Every Story is a Spirit-filled and emotional listening experience. All eleven songs are catchy, worshipful and biblical focused. If you liked "Blessings," then you absolutely must have this album. Laura is an anointed songwriter and she has a profound way of bringing me to the Throne Room of grace with her poignant words, tender singing, and inspirational truths. I get welled up singing along with several of the emotional laden songs, especially "I Can Just Be Me," "God of Every Story," "Who but Jesus," "You Gave Your Life" and "He Will Not Let Go." If you are looking for the inspirational album of the year, look no further than this album.
Story first gained notoriety through the song, “Indescribable,” on her first solo release by the same name. Chris Tomlin made the song popular on his album Arriving. Her fourth release, Blessings (2012), won Dove awards for Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year, Pop/Contemporary Recorded Album of the Year, and Song of the Year for “Blessings.”
On this her fifth recording Story continues to build on the style of “Indescribable.” Some tracks, particularly the more rousing ones, might be used in congregational settings. More intriguing are the confessional singer/songwriter reflections, of which there are plenty. One of my favorite disclosures is found on “I Can Just Be Me,” “I’ve been feeling like a failure trying to be braver than I can ever be / it’s just not me.”
Similarly, on “Grace,” Story sings, “At times I may grow weak and feel a bit discouraged / knowing that someone somewhere can do a better job.” I applaud this transparency and vulnerability.
The title track is structured like a country song, and could even pass for one, with introductory tales of woe that lead to a personal event in Story’s life. God is faithful to each Story, she and her husband, and now a baby girl. This track and the opening, “There is a Kingdom,” are accented by mandolin, which adds a wonderful touch.
It’s easy to be numb to the desperation voiced by others. But when hardships come, you can suddenly feel like you are living a similar reality. It’s no longer just letters on a page or words in a song. At such times, the opening lines of “Keeper of the Stars” can be like a buttress against a wave of trial, “Against all hope in hope I believe / You, O Lord, are faithful / You are good and You are able / When it seems impossible to me / Your promises are all true / What You say I know You will do.”
Those who favor energetic modern worship may find this overly introspective with too many piano-driven ballads. The last four tracks are all pensive. While some may not like this, Story is at her best on the two songs with the least production. “Who but Jesus” is structured like an ancient hymn. Each line magnifies the glories of Christ. Piano and strings accompany Story’s elegant vocals.
The closing “He Will Not Let Go” is a lovely benediction. A stark musical landscape is the perfect setting for a brokenness that has a sublime trust in God.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautiful. Thank you so much, Laura.