On April 4, worship leader and songwriter Paul Baloche's new CD, A Greater Song, will be 10 years-old. Released on Integrity Music, the CD features songwriting collaborations with Matt Redman, Graham Kendrick, Benton Brown and Sara Groves, resulting in a new collection of worship songs that are certain to find their way to churches all over the world.
Also, ten years ago, Baloche's own worship favorites "Open the Eyes of My Heart" and "Above All" (co-written with Lenny LeBlanc), were No. 2 and No. 22 on CCLI's Top 25 Songs used in churches in the United States.
"Paul has an incomparable ability to take an intimate and personal expression of love for the Lord and create music that connects in a worship setting. I believe A Greater Song is his greatest collection of worship songs yet with several songs destined to become classics," said Don Moen, president of Integrity Label Group then.
A Greater Song was recorded live at Baloche's home church, Community Christian Fellowship in Lindale, Texas, where he has served as worship pastor for more than 15 years. Groves and Northern Ireland's music treasure Kathryn Scott appear on A Greater Song, helping to express the theme of community and friendships that Baloche wanted to affirm with this record.
"The beginnings of the album were rooted in friendships with people that I've know over the years but never had the chance to work with," said Baloche. "Then, when we finally recorded the album, I also invited worship leaders from all around my area to come and sing on the project to try and capture a sense of community."
In addition to his new CD, Baloche also published "God Songs - How to Write and Select Songs for Worship," a book co-written by Baloche and Jimmy and Carol Owens. The book, which is distributed by Integrity, is a "How-To" book about turning prayers into songs.