Music Review: Know Hope Collective

KNOW HOPE COLLECTIVE is a spirit animating worship experience for the broken. Produced by Audio Adrenaline’s Mark Stuart and Will McGinniss with Josh Heiner, the project links worship music and life stories in a ten track album. It is the first in a series of works aimed at joining musicians from varied backgrounds to share personal testimonies through the medium of music, infusing its listeners with hope and inspiration.

Mark Stuart experienced first-hand the desperate need for hope. He lost his rock n’ roll voice some years ago after a 15 year stint as lead singer for the Christian band Audio Adrenaline. In a divinely orchestrated manner, he and bassist Will McGinniss, who attended the same church, shared their personal stories of tragedy over a campfire with a small church group. The safe environment allowed them to wear their heart on their sleeves. This project was birthed out of that experience. Their collective hope is that people realize that God “uses our tragedies for good.” Even when all hope seems lost.

The first track, “Attention” opens the heart of man to receive the voice of God. With “Sanctuary” laying the groundwork by reminding us that we are temples, “Build us Back” assures us that God is in the restoration business. Once we are mended, “Hands and Feet” reminds us to share the hope we received from God with others. “We Remember” is the perfect song for this Easter season, as we recollect the price Christ paid for us and “Ocean Floor” speaks of God forgetting our sins—“wiped away by a mighty wave.”  The oceanic metaphor continues as “Jealous God” tells of how God chases after us “like a treasure under the sea.” The “Good Life” sums up our humanity with the lyrics saying “I’ve lost everything I’ve ever wanted. I found everything I could ever need—here in your arms.”  “Just to Be Here” is the final track that urges us to meet God at the altar—because it is when we experience brokenness that we meet hope face to face.

CD GIVEAWAY CONTEST: If you leave a comment on this post, you will be entered to win 1 of 2 autographed CD’s of Know Hope Collective, courtesy of Integrity Music. Winners are picked using http://www.random.org. This contest will end on April 10, 2011 at 12:00am.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a CD for review from  Integrity Music. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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7 comments

  1. Know Hope Collective is a beautiful gift that God has seemed to bless me with. The music of Audio Adrenaline was a major part in my developing christianity. Now with the music of Know Hope I am allowed to, once again, take a look at the places the Lord has brought me from and carried me to. Know Hope Collective is truly a blessing to me.

  2. This sounds like an amazing cd!! Ocean’s Floor is one of my favorite songs, and it sounds like this is a cd to help anyone who has been through adversity begin their healing process. Thanks for sharing your insights on it.

  3. Hey don’t know if my first comment loaded right. I got Build us Back for a free download and loved it. Hope is what people need right now.

  4. Songs that inspire hope in ppl are songs we need today in a world where hope is low on the list of wanted items in life.

      1. Thank you very much, now I’ll have a little more to listen to that will inspire hope both in me and the ppl around me.

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