CD Mission Statement: To capture both
the excitement and anointing of a fervent, worship-filled church
experience through a variety of Praise and Worship Gospel songs,
created through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in both the
compositions and the presentations of the songs.
Mission of Christopher Lewis: "The
best I can do is plant good seeds and let God do the rest. And
to think that God would just use me as even a small part of
His plan and His works is the greatest honor I could ever dream
Spiritual Messages / Themes of Songs
Christopher Lewis carries this attitude
of sharing from the heart into the compositions and music he
performs / leads, which is the case with the songs on this CD.
Christopher Lewis comments: "There's no way I can write
a song and think it's mine, or just for me. If it's given by
God, it's given to be shared and to glorify Him. I look at my
whole life that way. Anything at all that God has given, He's
given it to be shared with whoever else needs it."
Christopher Lewis has put together a
great collection of praise and worship music which reflects
what he has learned on his own faith journey, as well as reflecting
what scripture reveals. So, it's not surprising that the theme
of the interconnection between worship and our daily lives,
our day to day living runs throughout the CD. The themes so
well expressed in the CD are relevant to the listener's life,
a real blessing which one can hold onto, embrace.
Besides having a variety of Gospel Praise
and Worship songs, the listener also blessed by hearing Christopher
and friends reading pertinent Scripture over appropriate musical
interludes, a very important part of the CD's praise and worship
experience. Christopher comments: "Without Scripture, you
don't have Praise & Worship. If Scripture is not prevalent,
then all you have is a tune. I want people to see that very
clearly in this album."
About the Music on Christopher Lewis:
Rhythm & Praise CD.
Besides writing compositions and singing,
this Rhythm & Praise CD project finds Worship leader Christopher
Lewis wearing a co-producing hat for the first time, with definite
ideas about what the content of a Praise and Worship CD should
have to offer to the listening audience, seeking "the excitement
and anointing of a fervent, worship-filled church experience."
With the help of his friends, such as
Judith Christie-MCallister, Crissy Collins, Keisha McFarland,
Timothy Fryar, Sha Simpson and Fred Hammond, Christopher Lewis
has put together a wonderful collection of Gospel songs, 9 of
which he composed, one which he co-wrote with Fred Hammond,
that truly puts the listener in this above mentioned "fervent,
worship-filled church experience."
The listener is treated to an inspiring
variety of powerful Gospel Praise and Worship songs, ranging
from spirit lifting, "roof-rattling" Gospel, to gentler,
but equally moving ballads, with the result of offering a collection
of songs which all feed the soul, rejuvenate the spirit with
the result of moving the listener into a state of being, of
praise and worship of the Lord, far away from personal troubles
and worries. One does experience both the excitement and anointing
of a fervent, worship-filled church service.
The first two songs, move and inspire
the listener to begin this Gospel worship experience with the
right heart attitude. These two upbeat praise songs, ALABANZA
LOCA and SING PRAISES TO THEE definitely lift the spirits, and
enable the listener to get the focus off the self and onto the
Lord by celebrating His character, His blessings His love for
us, thus encouraging the listener to be thankful and praise
the Lord, which helps to lift one to a place to be in an attitude
The Music on the CD then moves into the
more in depth worship and praise music, with THE GREATEST, and
Christopher Lewis' signature song, DELIVERED, a powerful song
of worship from his heart which has meant so much to so many
people. Both songs encourage and remind the listener of who
the Lord is and that He is a source of support and help during
the rough times in our lives. Two lovely prayer hymns, COMMITTED
and THANK YOU LORD round out this segment of the CD, giving
a peace which comes from personal practice of devotion and worship.
The cycle begins again with two lively
Praise songs, WE LIFT UP YOUR NAME, (by Jeff Hamlin) and THE
KING, the result of Lewis and Fred Hammond working together,
lead by Timothy Fryar. A smooth transition moves the listener
into heartfelt worship with the next three songs, SWEETER THAN
HONEY, (by Dakota Smith), EVERYTHING I NEED and I LOVE YOU,
all brought to life by Christopher Lewis. The CD ends appropriately
with two praise and worship songs that declare the Lord's glory
and offer praise and thanksgiving; AWESOME GOD (By the late
Rich Mullins) wonderfully done Gospel style, and a reprise of
Lewis' and Hammond's song, THE KING, a great song to end the
This CD, CHRISTOPHER LEWIS - RHYTHM &
PRAISE, is the perfect remedy for discouragement and life stress
and is the perfect vehicle to pump up one's spirit and encourage
heartfelt praise and worship of our Lord Jesus Christ. It would
be a wonderful addition to your Christian Praise music collection.
Review of Rhythm & Praise Songs
ALABANZA LOCA (CRAZY Praze) - Words and
Music by Christopher Lewis
A Lively Latin rhythm praise song to
start the CD off with an energetic zinc of energy to grab the
listener. Great use of brass, guitar, piano, dynamics and nice
choir sound and harmony. Nice guitar intro, gets one in the
mood of praise, Latin style. A varied melody and Latin rhythm,
and enthusiastic vocals gives the song interesting sparks.
Scriptural References: (Gal. 5:22, Hebrews
3:18, John 15:11, Psalm 16:11, Psalm 36:7-9, Psalm 118:24)
This is the day that the Lord has made,
let us rejoice. Come on everybody
let us make a joyful noise
Chorus: In His presence there is fullness
of joy. At His right hand there are pleasures evermore -
Bridge: Lift your hand up now! Give ALABANZA
LOCA. Give God all the Praise! Give ALABANZA LOCA. Give Him
crazy praise! Give ALABANZA LOCA.
Hook: Praise Him, Praise the Lord of
Lords. Bless Him, Bless the Lord of Lords. Thank Him, Thank
the Lord of Lords.
* * * + SING PRAISES TO THEE - Words
and Music by Christopher Lewis. Vocalist/leader featured: Judith
A strong favorite of this reviewer! Another
bright melodious, rhythmically snappy contemporary praise and
worship song, which uses guitar, organ, piano and a stellar
brass section to offer great melodic support of the well performed,
energetic vocals of the inspiring Judith Christie-McAllister.
Judith Christie-McAllister and the support choir, a total composition
that Lewis composes so well. The melody and rhythm and dynamics
and interesting vocal parts express a course of action that
shows our gratitude and love for our Lord, and will help the
listener develop an thankful attitude needed for worship, as
well as a spring in the step.
Scriptural References: (Psalm 103, 1 Thess.
5:16-18, Phil. 4:4, Psalm 33:1-3)
Lyrical Samples: Judith Christie-McAllister,
Beginning Oratory: "Come on people of God, it's time to
worship and adore. It's time to celebrate and give honor and
praise to the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. How many
of you have come to sing praises, unto His name? Come on, sing
Hallelujah! Glory to God.
I will sing unto the Lord. A new
song...Hallelujah! sing praises to Thee.
I will clap my hands before Him.
Praise Him all day long. Hallelujah! sing praises to
I will lift the Savior up.. For
all men to see...Hallelujah! sing praises to Thee.
For there's no other place (the place
of praise) I'd rather be. Hallelujah! Sing praises to Thee
Chorus:Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah.
Sing Praises to Thee - (Everyone sing) :Hallelujah, Hallelujah,
Hallelujah. Sing Praises to Thee
Judith Christie-McAllister: "It's
time to lift our voices in concert and give glory to the King;
for He is worthy."
Come on Sopranos.... (Judith then directs
the tenors, Altos and Bases to join in the Chorus, step by step
each singing a different part which each adds a dimension to
the song, until the full choir is lifting up their collective
voices to bring a dynamic finale to the piece)
Bridge:Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah.
Sing Praises, Sing Praises,. He's the King of kings. He's the
Lord of Lords. Hallelujah - Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah.
Hook:Choir: Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah.
Sing Praises to Thee, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah. Sing
Praises, Sing Praises.....
Bridge 2: Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah.
Sing Praises, Sing Praises......................................................................................
* * * THE GREATEST (Words and Music by
Another favorite of this reviewer. Modern
Gospel Praise and Worship song, a love letter to the Lord with
a catchy melody, nice rhythm, great choir vocals and led by
lead vocalist, Crissy Collins, obviously an experienced talented
Gospel performer, who give a soulful, heartfelt performance.
Backup vocals offer fine support and nice harmonies. Again,
the song has effective dynamics.
Praises and worships the Lord for who
He is; ever faithful and merciful, and loving father, Lord of
all, our source of salvation, hope and joy, our rock through
trials, and for His word to guide us.
Scriptural References: (Psalm 27:1, Hebrews
13: 5-6, Psalm 24:1, Psalm 33:8-11)
Sample of Lyrics:
Chorus: You, You are the greatest, Joy
of my salvation, God of every nation. You, You are the greatest,
Hope of my tomorrow, Joy in times of sorrow. You You are the
greatest, Highest name I know I love You so. You are the greatest
Thank You for all Your love and kindness.
And all of Your faithfulness to me. You've been everything that
You, Promised You'd be.
For miracles and blessings You've caused
me to see. For the many ways when I was trapped You delivered
me. With the word of faith You gave me liberty.
When I thought that I would die, You
gave me life abundantly - You are , You are, No doubt about
it, Gonna shout it, You're the greatest one, This word's ever
* * * + DELIVERED (Words and Music by
A wonderful, beautiful Praise and Worship
song that would inspire any congregation of any age or denomination.
Great contemporary Gospel, with just lovely piano work, great
dynamics an uplifting melody, nice harmony and great expressive,
heartfelt vocals of Christopher Lewis. Described as a flowing
melodic ballad, it is "an overwhelmingly powerful work
in both music and message," a popular favorite, requested
the most, and won IN 2003 again a BMI showcase award, making
Christopher Lewis the Best New Artist.
Christopher Lewis comments: "It
really deals with heart issues. We can see people's outer expressions
of emotion - laughter, crying, shouting, singing - but we can't
see inner turmoil, or sinful thinking, or a person's spirit
crying out to God saying they're about to give up. I felt God
telling me he wanted to deal with what's really in my heart.
I saw then very clearly that everything in my life that He wanted
to do with me was centered around the truth and purity of my
heart for Him, and in dealing with those issues. Without cleaning
up our hearts, we're out there just as lost as the people we're
trying to lead."
Scriptural References: (John 10:27-30,
Romans 8:28, Ephesians 6:10-12, 1 Samuel 17: 41-48, 1 Samuel
1) I never knew or got a chance to meet
Brother David, But I got a feeling that we've got a couple things
in common and I know What I mean to say is that we've seen our
separate trials, But at the end of them all we've seen total
2) I never knew or got a chance to meet
Brother Moses, But I got a feeling that we've got a couple things
in common and I know what I mean to say is that we've seen the
hands of bondage, But at the end of the road we've seen the
Chorus: Delivered from the silent frustration
of my mind. When you broke through the shadows of the past I
left behind. When the enemy came running, ranting and roaring
Lord, You showed Yourself strong in the midst of it all.
Bridge: Lord I've seen so many battles
in the warfare of the faith, And sometimes I feel like I'm fighting
on my own. Although the devil soon reminds me of defeated times
before. One defeated battle does not mean I've lost the war.
* * * + Committed (Words and Music by
A favorite of this reviewer. Christopher
Lewis and Keisha McFarland are the featured vocalists in this
special worship composition. Song begins quietly with guitar
and Chris singing first stanza. Dynamics slowly grow as other
voices and counter melody is added by piano, touch of organ,
until full choir enters during Hallelujah section, and continues
to build to the end, as Keisha and Christopher give heartfelt
performances, bringing the spirit of worship to a peak
Christopher Lewis comments: "That
is one of my favorite songs. It hits home in a number of ways.
We worship in church, but we usually don't even think of worship
in things like the way we talk to others, or our personal integrity
and the way we live our lives. But I see it all as forms of
worship. This is a song about recommitting our lives, and all
we are and have to Him, all in worship. That's what makes us
true worshippers. Praise is what we do, but worship is who we
Scriptural References: (Matt. 6:33, Romans
12:2, Ephesians 4:29, & 5:1-2, Thess. 5:18)
With my mouth I'll bless you Your name.
And with my hands I'll magnify and exalt You. With my heart
I'll love You more each day. With my life I'll always give You
I give my all totally committed to You.
There is nothing that I'd rather do. Than give You my all. And
commit my praise to You -
Hallelujah, (We commit my praise to
You, Oh Lord) -Hallelujah, (We commit my hearts to You)Hallelujah
(To the Holy Lamb) of God (Hallelujah) the lamb on the cross,
Hallelujah, who rose on the third day......with all power in
He's the great I AM (Hallelujah) ....
* * + WE LIFT UP YOUR NAME - Words and
Music by Jeff Hamlin. Vocals by Sha' Simpson
A perky, upbeat R & B praise song
to raise the spirits by encouraging the praising of the Lord
in the spirit of a psalm, with some of the lyrics inspired by
John's Revelation. Song cooks along with great syncopation of
horns, piano, and guitars.
Scriptural References: (John 3:16, Rev.5:
11-13 & 4:11 & 19:1)
Salvation and Glory belongs to our God,
and unto the lamb on the throne. Blessings and honor, wisdom
and power, be unto God alone -
Chorus: Hallelujah, glory to the Lamb.
Hallelujah to the great I AM.
Bridge: WE lift up Your name oh Lord
Worthy the lamb who was slain, Taking all our pain - We lift
up Your name oh Lord. Giving You honor and praise. With our
hands upraised to You Lord. Help me lift Jesus higher.
* * * + THE KING - (Words and Music by
Christopher Lewis and Fred Hammond), Vocals by Timothy Fryar.
An interesting mix of roof-raising, traditional
/ contemporary Gospel praise with a Hip Hop beat, all which
results in a high spirited song that really cooks! Sparkles
with a full horn section, sizzling electric guitar and piano
work that should get you dancing around the room in praise!
Vocals are joyous and enthusiastic, spreading a joy that is
infectious. Timothy Fryar does a fine job leading / singing
Scriptural References: (Psalm 25, Rev.
11:15, 1 Thess. 4:16-17, & 5:16, Rev. 22:12-13)
Lyrical Samples: Clap
your hands if you really love Jesus, Clap your hands if you
really love Jesus! Clap your hands, clap your hands!!
Lift up your heads oh ye gate. And be
ye lifted up. Ye everlasting doors. And the King of Glory shall
come in. and the King of Glory shall come in (2x)
Who is the King of Glory? The Lord God
strong and mighty. Who is the King of Glory? The Lord God mighty
in battle. Who is the King of Glory? The Lord God strong and
mighty. He is the King. He's Lord of Lords. Jesus is! (4x) Jesus
is (Repeat) King of Glory (repeat)......................
* * * PRAISE THE LORD, FOR HE IS GOOD
(Words and Music by Christopher Lewis)
A mellow, smooth, lovely worship song
with a melody easy to sing and vocals by Christopher and the
choir provide which worship the Lord with heartfelt lyrics.
The total musical sound of the song swirls around the listener,
lifting the soul to a place of peace and thankfulness, far away
from the secular world and its trials and annoyances.
Scriptural References: (Psalm 135 &
136, & 107 & 50:1)
Praise the Lord, For He is good, He is
good. Praise the Lord, For He is good, He is good. From the
rising of the sun, Until it goes back down again. Your name
is worthy of the praise. ..............................
* * * SWEETER THAN HONEY - (Words and
Music by Christopher Lewis)
Another smooth, beautiful worship hymn,
worshipping Jesus for all the love, peace, joy and power there
is in His name, because of who he is, our Lord and Savior. Lovely
acoustic guitar, piano and some light embellishments of electric
guitar and strings, light percussion offer strong support for
the lovely melody, inspiring lyrics and heartfelt vocals by
Christopher and smooth vocal harmonies in the choir ensemble.
Song would be welcome in any denominational service.
Scriptural References: (Philippians 2:10-11,
& 4:6-8, Romans 15:13, Ephesians 5:2)
Jesus, how I love to call Your name.
The name above every name. Sweeter than honey, is Your name.
There is power in Your name. There is love in Your name. There
is peace in Your name. There is joy in Your name - Sweeter than
honey, is Your name.
Hook: Jesus, how I love to call Your
name. The name above every name.
* * * EVERYTHING I NEED - (Words and
Music by Christopher Lewis)
Lovely, inspiring worship hymn with smooth
ensemble harmonies. Heartfelt lead vocals, with great dynamics.
Again melody and lyrics supported by sensitive playing of musical
ensemble of acoustical guitar, sax, piano.
Scriptural References: (Psalm 18, Ephesians
3:18, Matt: 6:33, Isaiah 49:15, Hebrews 13:6, Matt 11:28-30))
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus. You're everything
I need. Master, Savior, Jesus. You're everything I need -
Just when I need You most, You're always
there for me. Just like the river flows, You flow inside of
me. Just like a fire that burns eternally. You're everything
* * * I LOVE YOU (Public Domain)
A moving worship / prayer hymn to provide
a nice conclusion to the three songs that precede it. Christopher
Lewis does a fine job brings a sense of peace as he sings the
lead vocals. By the end of this song, this reviewer felt the
peace of the Lord which comes from worship through these songs!
I love You. I love You. I love You Lord
today. Because You cared for me in such a special way. That's
why I praise You. I lift You up. I magnify Your name. That's
why my heart is filled, With praise.
* * + AWESOME GOD - Words and Music by
Rich Mullins, Vocals by Sha' Simpson
A standard praise and worship favorite
by the late Mullins. First time through, song is beautifully
performed with soul, Gospel style, by Sha' Simpson, which starts
softly and gradually grows into a heartfelt soulful interpretation
by the talented Sha' Simpson. Rich Mullins would've been pleased!
Second time through style changes into
contemporary Gospel, a nice contrast. Drums and horns join in,
as Sha' Simpson leads the choir to a dynamic conclusion.
Scriptural References: (Isaiah 33:5 &
22, Isaiah 9:6)
He is the Prince of Peace, He is the
Great I AM. He is an awesome God. Our God is an awesome God.
Our God is an awesome God. He reigns from heaven above. With
wisdom, power and love, God is an awesome God -
He is the Prince of Peace, He is the
Great I AM. He is an awesome God. Our God is an awesome God.
Our God is an awesome God. He reigns from heaven above. With
wisdom, power and love, God is an awesome God
THE KING (Reprise) - (Words and Music
by Christopher Lewis and Fred Hammond), vocals by Timothy Fryar
The ending exclamation point to this
CD of worship and praise songs, using the last phrase of the
Lord's prayer in a dramatic way with lead vocals singing / preaching
and choir repeating the phrase below in a melodious fashion!
Our God is the kingdom, and the power
and the glory, forever, and ever.........
Julie Carr - Music reviewer for ChristianMusic.com
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