Musician releases new album

Published on Friday, 4 April 2014 23:17 - Written by Rebecca Hoeffner rhoeffner@tylerpaper.com

Paul Baloche, locally-based singer and songwriter, recently released his latest album, “Live.”

“On a Friday night outside of Toronto, a thousand leaders came together to form a congregation of one to worship God,” Paul said. “A unique sound from singers of varied denominations and generations, raising old hymns and new songs as sung prayers — raw, spontaneous, and unpolished. Our hope was to capture a true and honest expression of worship to our God.”

Baloche has been leading worship at Community Christian Fellowship in Lindale for 24 years. The winner of multiple Dove Awards, he is also the artist behind radio standards, including “Because of Your Love,” “Hosanna (Praise is Rising)” and “Our God Saves.” And he is the writer of top-ranking CCLI songs and modern-day classics such as “Above All,” “Open the Eyes of My Heart,” “A New Hallelujah” and “Your Name.”

“When I’m writing worship songs,” Baloche said, “I realize that I’m offering a vocabulary for people to sing back to God. My hope is that, as they sing those words with melodies, it will act as a catalyst in their hearts, creating transformation deep down in their soul.”

Live features 11 worship songs, some old and some new.

“If you do something long enough, you uncover life lessons along the way,” Baloche said. “You aspire to be faithful to God’s calling in your life, pressing through even when you fall short. And when you hit a certain age, as you grow in your faith, you recognize the potential and the burden of being a leader, realizing ‘I’ve got to step up and be more intentional toward the people God has put in my life.’ And your prayer becomes, ‘Lord, give me grace to finish well.’”

For more information on Paul Baloche’s ministry, visitwww.leadworship.com .