Since 2012, the Vertical Church Band has been creating and performing worship music.
With several studio albums to its credit, the five-member band from Chicago has recently shortened its name to Vertical Worship. Its most recent project, “Bright Faith, Bold Future,” may have a shorter name, but it doesn’t lack any quality.
The album, produced by Jonathan Smith (along with executive producers Jason Ingram and Luke MacDonald) was released from Essential Records and Provident Distribution. The 11 tracks of this project are largely prayerful songs of worship, most of which could easily be transferred to congregational singing.
The album begins with “Open the Gates” and transitions into “Yes, I Will,” a song that reminds listeners of God’s faithfulness:
“The same God that never fails/ won’t fail me now…. You’re working all things out/ Yes, I will lift You high…. Yes, I will bless Your name…. Yes, I will sing for joy when my heart is heavy/ For all my days, oh, yes I will.”
“Over All I Know” is another worshipful title that sings of God’s sovereignty.
“Hallelujah Amen” (featuring Jon Guerra) is one of my favourite tracks on “Bright Faith, Bold Future.” A beautiful worship song, its theme is simple and true: “Great is the Lord God Almighty/ Worthy of honour and praise/ I stand in awe of His glory/ I stand in need of His grace. / Hallelujah/ Hallelujah/ For the Lord our God Almighty reigns/ Hallelujah, Amen.”
The theme of the album is exactly what the title says it is. Vocalist Andi Rozier says the band’s previous albums have been about 90 per cent hindsight.
“This is what the Lord has done while ‘Bright Faith Bold Future’ is a looking forward.”
The Vertical Worship website, in a post about the songs on this album, says, “We see throughout the Bible Jesus reminding us that yes, you will have trouble in the world, but that He has conquered the world.
We hear Jesus telling His disciples that He is going to prepare a place for us. So, we don’t have a fool-hearted hope, but a tasted and seen hope.
“The hope is as you listen, and these songs embed themselves in your life, that the name Vertical Worship would fade and the truth in the songs would grow, lifting your eyes up to the heavens, to one day see our Savior return and bring us into the boldest future we could ever imagine and the fulfilment of this bright faith.”
With “Bright Faith Bold Future,” Vertical Worship is truly directing its listeners’ hearts upwards, toward a Father who is deserving of our praise.
Tracey Evison, a musician and educator on P.E.I., writes this column for The Guardian every second Saturday. She can be contacted by email at email@example.com.