Sovereign  (Sparrow Records)
by Michael W. Smith

FOR FANS OF: Chris Tomlin, Kari Jobe, Hillsong
Rating: 4 Stars

Sovereign, Smith’s first worship record since 2008, shows that the years have been kind to the Christian music icon. Time has granted a lovely depth to his vocal, which is surrounded by smart, fresh arrangements. “Miracle” and “Sky Spills Over” in particular are standouts. “The One That Really Matters” pairs Smith with Kari Jobe for a beautifully nuanced duet. Overall, the record shows Smith returning to what he does best—ushering listeners into worship.
– Grace S. Aspinwall

WE LIKE: WE LIKE: “The One That Really Matters”


About The Author

Grace Aspinwall

Grace Cartwright Aspinwall has been involved in the music industry since the age of sixteen, when she became the street team director for Crosseyed Concerts. She also completed a six month internship with Innerstar Studios, a booking agency for hard rock Christian acts. In 2006, Grace took a position with Christian Music Planet magazine as a freelance music critic, offering her a way to influence the music world through writing. When the magazine went online in 2006, she was given a freelance position at CCM magazine.