KARI JOBE IS LOST IN THE MAJESTY OF HER KING
Every live project by any artist has at least
one thing in common—there is nowhere to
hide. No embellishment. No auto-tuning. No
second chance to create a moment.
On Kari Jobe’s latest live release, there
are countless moments that can only be
described as majestic
“My favorite thing is to open my eyes and
see people connecting to the Lord,” she says.
“You can tell they’re having an encounter with
God. There’s nothing like the sound of hungry
and desperate people lifting their voices,
declaring truth over their lives through music
and feeling the atmosphere of a room shift
because God is being glorified and lifted
The new project, aptly called Majestic, was
about two years in the making, during which
time Kari continued to lead worship in her
home church, Gateway, wrote and co-wrote
and wrote some more and, along the way,
found her way back to the foundation of her
faith, song and ministry.
“This is back to my roots,” Kari affirms.
“My main role is leading worship, so the live
recording felt like a normal night of worship
with just a little more pressure.”
Like many artists, Kari is well-acquainted
with pressure. Since taking the industry by
storm with her renditions of mega-songs
“Revelation Song,” “Healer” and many
more, her persona has practically become
synonymous with modern worship, a role Kari
has embraced with dignity.
Her previous album was a pop-oriented
record, showcasing a different side of the
songstress. The album achieved considerable
radio success, led to extensive touring and
posited Kari firmly in the highest echelon of
female artists in Christian music. Personally,
though, she’s still a young woman dealing
with the same insecurities and issues so
many others experience.
“The enemy hates us. We’re walking
through life and have experiences that cause
pain,” she says. “Nobody’s exempt from pain.
Everyone has a story. We have to know who
we are in Christ. If I remind God of who He is,
He reminds me of who I am. I’m seeing Him
now in a whole different way.
“I’m a daughter of the most high King,” she
continues. “He has the final say. To go into
a king’s throne room is a big deal. There’s a
reverence you have to have. You don’t start
yelling or asking for things. You go in with
That notion underscores the direction of
“A lot of times people come into church
just after a child or someone has thrown a
fit in the car,” she says. “If they see a worship
leader on the floor, there’s a disconnect. You
don’t even know how to enter in. You’re still
at home with the spilled milk.
“We realized we needed songs that help
people connect with God as soon as they get
to church,” she continues. “He knows us, sees
us and loves us. It’s a sweet thing to invite
God into our hearts, questions and prayers.”
Armed with a direction, Kari went about
writing—alone and with others.
“I co-wrote with Matt Redman, Chris
Tomlin, Brian Johnson and Reuben Morgan,” she says. “Musically I can only get to a certain
place with my own skill. I had to get out of my
comfort zone. You have to build relationships
when you’re writing, otherwise it’s pretty
awkward. Fortunately, we all have a collective
heart. We can ask questions like, ‘What is God
saying to you?’ or ‘What songs are needed?’
To bring those different worship communities
together is really powerful. It was an honor to
write with everybody.”
That collaboration translated powerfully
from the writing room into the live setting, as
the worshippers definitely responded.
“There is always a sweet presence of God
in the studio. But when recording live it is amazing to hear the people singing out and
worshipping with me,” she says. “Listening back
I have had the audience microphones turned up
numerous times throughout the album because
they sound so strong and incredible.”
The voices, along with a second drummer
and more strings, contribute to the sonic
masterpiece that isn’t a record out for sales,
radio play or notoriety. This is a worship
experience from beginning to end.
The worship leader is front and center,
exposed, vulnerable and utterly transparent.
Nothing to hide, nothing to embellish…
Without question, Kari’s roots are showing,
and her intentions are clear.
“I want freedom in my life, and I want to live
as an overcomer,” she says. “I am a daughter
of the King. I have His heart. That changes my
perspective in life. When I die, if I was known
for one thing, I would want to be known for
[helping people] fall more in love with Jesus,”
Jobe asserts. “So I don’t care what song I sing,
as long as the heart of it is that people fall
more in love with Jesus and they understand
the heart of God for them.”