Remembering Keith Green

Your Love Broke Through: The Worship Songs of Keith Green By various artists, Sparrow Records.

by Doug Joseph

Keith Green

It is hard to believe it is approaching 20 years since Keith Green passed away. His legacy of inspired music is timeless. In another effort to remember Green's pioneering worship music, artists such as Michael W. Smith, Rebecca St. James and Jason Upton have assembled to honor one of contemporary Christian music's finest.

Produced by John Hartley and Derald Daugherty, Your Love Broke Through captures the sounds of earlier projects such as At the Foot of the Cross and Noel. The sound is pleasant and never overbearing. And it doesn't hurt to have a quiver of musicians such as Phil Keaggy, Matt Redman and Darlene Zschech on hand to help. "Rushing Wind," performed by Twila Paris, and "The Lord Is My Shepherd," sung by Charlie Hall and Joanne Hogg, are outstanding, but the entire project is without any obvious flaws. Each song reflects the originals as well as the personalities of the artists. As a result, each holds a treasure all its own.

One of the album's highlights is Michael W. Smith on "There Is One," a previously unfinished song that Smith completed with the help of Martin Smith of Delirious. Green himself is featured on "Oh Lord, You're Beautiful," which is backed up by the stellar ensemble.

This project succeeds on many levels, with excellent production, musicianship and delivery. The classic cuts are reverent and faithful, yet modernized. Best of all the album recognizes an artist who inspired and influenced a generation.

Your Love Broke Through is a must for anyone seeking the highest quality worship available.

Reprinted with permission from Charisma, (July 2002). ? Strang Communications Co., USA. All rights reserved. www.charismamag.com

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