Faith & Wonder (Live)
(Word Worship Music)
Live worship albums are a tricky undertaking. These are songs made for community, making them a natural fit for the live format. While the best live records capture the spirit of a live gathering and allow outsiders to feel included, others can feel strangely detached. Thankfully, Meredith Andrews’ first live EP Faith & Wonder falls into the former, inviting listeners into God’s presence with six hope-filled songs with a little help from her church family.
Faith & Wonder is an exercise in community. It was produced by Andrews’ husband Jacob Sooter and recorded at their home church, The Belonging Co. in Nashville, TN. With many of their church friends forming the production crew and audience, you can’t help but feel the warmth of a family gathering. That intimacy gives the record a sound that isn’t flashy or hyped, but genuine and tender, intensely personal and richly communal, especially on songs like “Open Over Us,” a meditative space at the album’s midpoint, and “Who Could,” a majestic closer. Other songs, like “A Million Saints,” remind us all that we, too, are part of this family, no matter where we find ourselves.
—Jen Rose Yokel