Phil Joel’s heart for the church has remained steadfast for as long as he’s made music. Whether referencing his notable work with the globally known Newsboys, his six solo albums or the discipleship materials he’s developed under the title “Deliberate People,” Joel seeks first and foremost to use his gifts to equip and edify the church. His new worship band, Zealand, is the latest expression of that desire and commitment.
Zealand Worship, the group’s debut EP, opens with a two-minute cinematic build entitled “Awaken (Prelude)” that beautifully sets the stage for a short, five-song set that will fit well within the contemporary worship scene. “Lead Us To Your Heart” and “That’s Who You Are” seem particularly well suited to catch on with congregations looking for fresh vertical content.