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According to the Bethel Music website, Bright is “a generation captivated by the brilliance, beauty, and goodness of God. We are born to tell God’s stories. Our dream is for all youth to pursue the fullness of God and experience His love through worship and creative expression.”

Therefore, “Bethel Music presents Bright Ones” is a worship album that is intended to be for youth worship. That makes sense. The 13-track project from Bethel Music is definitely not intended for my middle-aged preferences.

Produced by James G. Morales, Seth Mosley, Mike “X” O’Connor, Rick Seibold, Jacob Sooter and LAEL this project from Bethel Music is full of electronic influences and a high intensity dance vibe that may not appeal to many fans of worship music. The Bright Ones artists were formerly known as Bethel Kids – 12- to 16-year-olds performing pop/worship tunes.

Bright Ones opens with the title track that says God is “lighting us up” and “We are Your bright ones/ lit up with Your love.” The album continues with “Get Your Hopes Up,” a moderately-paced pop number that reminds us to have hope in God because “He’s brought us back to life.”

“You’re Gonna Be Ok” is sung by Tea Johnson for her father, Bill Johnson, who was apparently suffering from anxiety. “Just take one step closer/ put one foot in front of the other/ you’ll get through this/ just follow the light in the darkness/ you’re gonna be ok.” I have to be honest, any self-help guru could have written this particular song. The sentiment and the melody are lovely, but this track lacks any particular depth.

“No Longer Slaves” is a very well-known title from Bethel that is given a remix treatment. This is one of the few titles with which I was familiar before hearing this project, and I have to say I like the original better. “We Dance” compares a relationship with God to a dance where God leads and we follow. I have a hard time visualizing this one, I have to say: “You spin me round and round and remind me of that song You wrote for me/ we dance.”

“Let My Life” is a nice treatment of the traditional hymn, “Take My LIfe and Let it Be.” The two verses are beautifully sung and separated by a new refrain sung in the style of a gospel choir, “Let my life always be/ a reflection of your love, Lord.”

The young people involved in Bright Ones are obviously talented musicians who have created a well-crafted album.

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