With her powerful, soulful voice, Lauren Talley is inspiring heartfelt worship and praise with two new albums: “Loudest Praise: Hymns of Mercy, Love, and Grace,” and “Glorious God: Songs of Worship and Wonder.” Talley says, “I believe a good song is a good song is a good song. Good songs come from lots of different places. I like the songs that lift Jesus high and make the Gospel plain. These are the hymns that I wish we sang more often, and the worship songs that I think will last as long as the hymns have, but Jesus is the One who ties it all together. Just sing about Jesus, and He’ll be glorified.”
On “Loudest Praise: Hymns of Mercy, Love, and Grace,” Talley brings her talent to beloved hymns, reminding of their timelessness and eloquence for worship. With one of the most dynamic voices in Christian music, her voice fits the power of these cherished hymns’ lyrics.
This album begins with the hopeful “Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing.” Serving as inspiration for the album’s title, this hymn sings of God’s never-ceasing mercy and grace. Talley brings soul to “When God Dips His Love In My Heart,” with her upbeat rendition of the Cleavant Derricks song, before slowing it back down with “When I Survey The Wondrous Cross.” Other hymns include “What A Friend We Have In Jesus” and “Does Jesus Care.” “Loudest Praise” closes with the first single, “His Eye Is On The Sparrow.”
On “Glorious God: Songs of Worship and Wonder,” Talley captures the awe Christ inspires on this album of some of today’s most loved worship songs, beginning with the first song which inspired the title. “Glorious God” shares the creation story and recognizes all God created to give us the lives we live. It’s a reminder that God’s presence is all around, everywhere we go.
“What A Beautiful Name/Agnus Dei” follows and continues the theme of recognizing Christ’s power through all the works He’s done. Backed by the Voices Of Lee choir from Lee University, you will feel you are in the presence of God worshipping along with them. “Let The Glory Come Down” is an upbeat song with a contemporary feel featuring Talley backed by two of the strongest vocals in Gospel music, Amber Eppinette and Chris Allman. It’s sure to make people get on their feet. Other tracks include “Mercy Tree,” “The Heavens Are Telling,” “Jesus At The Center” and “Jesus Only Jesus.” Glorious God closes with “A Wretch Like Me,” a worship song penned by Talley and based on the lyrics of “Amazing Grace.” It sings, “Praise God for grace that saved a wretch like me,” bringing the album full circle with its message of wonder at all God is.
While the music of these two albums is different in feeling, both accomplish the same thing: A moving sense of God’s presence and His role in our lives. Join one of Christian music's most dynamic talents, Lauren Talley, on “Loudest Praise: Hymns of Mercy, Love, and Grace,” and “Glorious God: Songs of Worship and Wonder.”