REVIEW: Karen Peck & New River – Lift His Name

Producer: Wayne Haun
Record Label: Daywind Records

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Karen Peck and New River have been on an incredible streak of releasing chart-topping, life changing music for quite some time. Now, with new member Grant Gibson, KPNR has released a brand new collection of songs. Let’s talk about it!

The opening track (and current single) “The God I Serve” is a power ballad about the unquenchable power of God. It showcases Karen’s vocal abilities and the anointing that has carried KPNR through the years. Following is the uplifting message of “Made Right”. In the same vein as the popular tune “Say Amen” (BFA) this song invites the listener to lay their burdens down and trust in the sovereignty of God. This is one of my favorite KPNR songs. Ever.

“I Know Jesus Lives” is an incredible ballad, featuring Grant Gibson. This song is written from the point of someone who has not only “believed”, but also “seen” tangible evidence of what the scriptures proclaim, reminding the listener that Jesus does indeed live.

“The Book” is one of few upbeat songs on the new project. I guarantee you will hear this song on radio. And it will probably go number one. It just will. It’s a message about eternal security, promised by Jesus Christ. It is pure Southern Gospel and will surely be a fan favorite.

“The Love Of Jesus”, featuring Susan, is a song that talks about how the love of a Jesus carries you, even when you’re at your weakest. It’s hard to find a 6/8 tune with powerful lyrics. This? It’s one of those.
“Messiah Overcame”, written by rising songwriter Alley Horner, is one of the strongest songs I have heard in a while. Written as a modern worship song, the story of the overcoming, grave conquering power of Jesus Christ is presented in a most powerful way.

The title cut, “When I Lift Up The Name” deserves some serious attention. Kari Gooch is one of the most under-rated and sweetest female vocalists in our industry. Her heart for God shines on this feature. This song gets the “best song on the album” award, hands down, inviting the listener to trade their pain for praise.

“All About Yes” is a strong song, similar to the feel of “Four Days Late”, but with a much more progressive lyric and country melody. If you’re struggling with surrender, take a listen. “Ain’t No Grave” closes the new project. I’ll be honest – I’ve never been a big fan of this song. I am a big studier of eschatology, and love the message – but it has never stood out to me. Until now. There couldn’t have been a more perfect song to cover.

KPNR, Daywind – you outdid yourself. Best album of 2020, thus far.

Track Listing:

The God I Serve
Made Right
The God I Serve
The Book
The Love of Jesus
Messiah Overcame
When I Lift Up the Name
All About Yes
Ain’t No Grave



Matthew Lawson

Matthew Lawson is an up and coming songwriter with Crossroads Music Publishing and rising artist in his own right. A passion for God's kingdom and His people lights his path at almost 19 years of age. Matthew currently resides in Monroe, North Carolina.
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