If you’ve been following along my blog adventures for any amount of time now, you know that I LOVE music! I love how lyrics can just transport you to a special memory or resonate with you so deeply it’s like God is speaking directly to you!
I was recently given the opportunity to listen to Laura Story’s newest album “Open Hands” and it is incredible! She has such a beautiful voice that delivers a powerful message with each simple lyric she sings.
ABOUT LAURA STORY
GRAMMY award winning artist, speaker, songwriter, author and worship leader Laura Story has a gift for penning songs that connect with people all around the world. Among her successes as a solo artist with her smash hits “Mighty to Save” and “Blessings,” Laura has also penned hit songs for other renowned artists including Chris Tomlin’s “Indescribable.” Her solo artist debut in 2008 with Great God Who Saves led to four Dove nominations and the award for “Inspirational Album of the Year.” In 2011, Laura released her sophomore project Blessings. The album and the emotionally powerful title was inspired by her real life trials and adversities, primarily her husband Martin’s diagnosis of a brain tumor. The album resonated with a huge audience and led to whirlwind career highlights for Laura, peaking at the No. 1 album spot for three consecutive weeks on Billboard’s Contemporary Christian Overall chart, topping the iTunes Christian/Gospel Top Songs chart and holding the No. 1 spot for an impressive 28 consecutive weeks on the Christian charts. The success of the single “Blessing,” which was certified RIAA Gold, includes the GRAMMY Award for Best Contemporary Christian Song, the Billboard Music Award for Top Christian Song and the Dove Awards for Song of the Year, Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year, Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. The song inspired Laura’s first book, “What If Your Blessings Come Through Raindrops?” in 2012. God of Every Story released in 2013 to much acclaim, and her first ever Christmas project God With Us, released in October 2015. Laura recently released a new book and bible study curriculum When God Doesn’t Fit It; Lessons You Never Wanted to Learn, Truths You Can’t Live Without. She has a graduate degree from Covenant Theological Seminary and has served as a worship leader at Perimeter Church in Atlanta since 2005, but her greatest joy is being a wife to Martin and mother to Ben, Griffin and Josie.
ABOUT OPEN HANDS ALBUM
In this chapter of life and ministry, Laura brings beautiful new songs of worship with her 5th studio release. The album features tracks that continue to reflect the deep vulnerability and personal honesty that Laura has become known for, but with a fresh new sound of worshipful pop songs. Laura continues to draw from her life experiences and challenges to speak to the heart of the Christian faith with each song that she brings on this new record, including the title track and lead single which features Mac Powell of Third Day.
“Open Hands is more than just a lesson God is teaching me right now. It’s the lifestyle God calls every Christian to live. It’s about surrender and trusting God with the smallest details and our greatest struggles. We release control of our lives, believing He is, has always been and will forever be faithful.” – Laura Story.
After listening to the entire album, choosing a favorite was hard.. but if I’m being completely honest, while all the songs on her Open Hands album are great, I didn’t get past Track 4 “Give You Faith” for awhile! Something about this song just pulled at my Mama heartstrings and I couldn’t get it off repeat.
“I WANNA GIVE YOU FAITH,
I WANNA GIVE YOU HOPE
THAT YOU WOULD KNOW A LOVE THAT
NEVER LET’S YOU GO.
MORE THAN WISDOM OR WEALTH,
MORE THAN HAPPINESS OR HEALTH,
MAY YOU SAY.. I GAVE YOU FAITH.”
As I’m driving, listening to this song for the first time and wiping tears from my eyes, pictures of all my beautiful littles flashed thru my head.
They are growing up so fast and more than anything I truly do want them to experience an intimate relationship with God. I want to give them faith and leave them hope in the world we live in now. The lyrics in this song are everything I want to tell them and have them experience in real life!
You can purchase Laura’s newest album “Open Hands” on iTunes!
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