So I know Ellie Holcomb’s album “Red Sea Road” came out in January, but I’ve just recently discovered it, and WOW these songs are powerful! I’ve made a quick review of the album to hopefully convince you to listen to it if you haven’t already. There’s a lot of music out now, but believe me when I say that this is the real deal. I hope you enjoy!
“Find You Here”
While the entire album comes from real life experiences, this song was specifically written about Ellie’s dad when he was diagnosed with cancer. Instead of despairing over what was to come, he and Ellie’s mother planned a praise and worship night at their home to celebrate God and his goodness. Wow. Read the full story here on Ellie’s blog!
This song has the sentiment of “Standing on the Promises of God” with a modern tempo. Speak aloud the promises of God! Claim it! His Word will not fail.
“Red Sea Road”
This song is soulful, steady and empowering. Feel your soul rise with the chorus and step up to follow God’s lead!
“You Are Loved”
What if we don’t feel loved? What if we don’t like the person we’ve become?
The lyrics say it all.
MY FAVORITE! I can’t listen to this in the office because I will either start clapping, dancing, using a water bottle as a microphone, raising my hands or possibly all of the above. All I can say is PREACH IT, Ellie!
“I Will Never Be the Same”
Easter-level excitement about the resurrection packed into a perennial song!
He knows us. He picked out all of the little things that make us unique, put them together and chose to LOVE us always. This song reminds me that I’m valuable–not because I accomplished something, or other people like me, or I feel good about myself–but because I am valuED by the king of the universe. That’s pretty amazing.
“We’ve Got This Hope”
Not only do we have Christ’s hope in this life, we have Christ’s hope for the resurrection! So often we zero in on the present. This song is a gentle reminder to lift your head, look to the future and remember the incredible riches that the Lord has in store.
“You Love Me Best”
I feel like I wrote this song because it resonates with me so deeply. I have been so, so blessed to have parents who loved me unconditionally and are always there for me. As a child–okay, and as a 22-year-old fully grown “adult”–my first instinct when faced with fear is to run to the comfort of the two people on this earth who love me the most. But, as the song’s lyrics say, “You [God] love me better.” Later the song talks about the promise of marriage, finding that forever person to always stand by your side. Marriage is a beautiful, good thing that many people desire. BUT, He loves us better. He loves us best.
“God of All Comfort”
36 words, 1 minute-52 seconds. Powerful.
This is another march-forth-and-conquer-fear-with-the-incredible-power-of-God song. I probably shouldn’t listen to it in the office either… Save it for running on the treadmill!
A fantastic reason to look at John 4, the story of Jesus and the woman at the well. Also, Ellie does a throwback to the “spring up a well” melody from summer church camp. Good stuff right there!
“Man of Sorrows”
Jesus knows what it means to be human because He’s has been there. All of the experiences we have, all the feelings we feel, He knows. We’re not alone. “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:14-16).
There have you it, friends! I hope you will listen to this album and love it as much as I do. I’d love to know some of your favorite songs or what lyrics are most important to you!