I’m EXCITED about Freddy Rodriguez!
Remember when you first heard Israel & New Breed’s New Season album? I remember thinking “oh… THIS may be what Kingdom music is supposed to sound like– something that appeals to every denomination, every church, every culture, every race, every person.” Electric Teapots I feel that way RIGHT NOW.
Freddy Rodriguez’s 14-track project, titled Light In The Darkness, was released on Integrity Music on Tuesday and I am telling you to BUY IT! The album, recorded live at his Las Vegas church, The Champion Center, is an incredible addition to the Body of Christ.
A bunch of comparisons between Freddy Rodriguez to Israel are being made and they’re neither surprising nor misplaced– not only are they friends and labelmates, they are both guitar-playing, songwriting worship leaders at large non-denominational churches. But where Israel’s season seems to be shifting a bit (we may discuss that in a future post), Freddy Rodriguez is perfectly poised to take the cross-cultural praise & worship baton and run a loooong way.
Stand-out tracks for me are “I Will Run,” the first single from the album, which is quickly becoming my anthem for some stuff the Lord is dealing with me about. POWERFUL song. I also love the opening cut, “We Lift Our Hands,” and “No Other Name.”
Mid-way through the project, the album seamlessly shifts into a section of passionate worship ballads that I simply love: “Fallen,” is a beautiful love song to Christ, “Alone With You” is a heartfelt song that testifies to the joy of spending intimate time with the Father.
Really, all of the tracks are good. This is one of those albums that can just play through and be the background (or foreground) music for your entire daily worship experience. It’s that good, for real. I encourage you to check it out.
Check out his MySpace page by clicking here.
And watch the video for his single, “I Will Run,” right here:
Well? What do you think?