We Are the Beggars
Exciting new artist Ike Ndolo announces his arrival onto the contemporary music scene with the passionate, emotional debut We Are the Beggars.
Piercingly honest and uniquely accessible
We Are the Beggars boasts a collection of songs that lend themselves to full-band arrangements as well as the simplicity of a single singer and acoustic guitar. With the piercing honesty of his voice and unique accessibility of his music, Ike addresses our human frailty by drawing attention to the joy of how deeply we are loved and accepted by God.
Grabs ahold of you and refuses to let go
The album's opening title track grabs ahold of you with its driving guitars and refuses to let go. Possessing an irresistible hook, "At the Sound" is destined to become a praise and worship mainstay. The emotional "I Am Saved" speaks to the human experience of suffering and coming face-to-face with one's own shortcomings and failures. Listening to "Heaven," one can't help but picture a crowd jumping in unison. And "We Are the Beggars II," a stripped-down, alternate version of the title track, provides an unconventional, inventive close to the album.
11 powerful originals accompanied by three refreshing covers
Alongside 11 powerful originals, Ike also offers up three refreshing covers: a roots-laden take on "How Can I Keep From Singing;" a booming drum interpretation of "Wade In the Water;" and a recording of "In Christ Alone" that seamlessly transitions into an unforgettable original praise song.
Comfortably commands your undivided attention
Produced by top 10 contemporary hitmaker Robbie Seay and featuring the ambient electric guitar work of pro Taylor Johnson throughout the record, it would be easy for a young artist to fade into the background. However, Ike comfortably commands your undivided attention as you wait in eager anticipation for the next note. Fans of The David Crowder* Band, Hillsong United, and Jackie François will need to carve out room in their playlists for this exciting new artist.
Resonates with the young Church
The enthusiasm that is quickly building behind Ike's music and ministry is a testament to a passionate faith that resonates with youth, high school students and young adults. Youth ministers: this CD would be great for retreats, Bible study groups and youth events.
Tracks: We Are the Beggars | At the Sound | Awake O Sleeper | The King He Comes | Glorious | The Wealth of Kings | How Can I Keep From Singing| Wade In the Water | Heaven | I Am Saved | Sound of Hope | In Christ Alone | You Have Won My Heart | We Are the Beggars II
"Refreshing and inspiring lyrics is the minimum of what one will find when opening this package. A Missouri native of Nigerian descent, Ike Ndolo found deep inspiration in traditional hymns, which filtered the atmosphere within his home and provided him the arterial flow of music in his soul.
This album opens up with the song 'We Are the Beggars,' which rings with an opening guitar chorus much like P.O.D., but quickly mellows out setting up the verse expressing hope, justice, and unity when the walls of sin and division are broken down. 'At the Sound,' an anthem of praise, reveals the newness found in a relationship in Christ. If you are a fan of worship leaders Tim Hughes and Matt Redman then Ike's song 'Glorious' will fit right in your set list. It is a wonderful example of how to write a song a congregation can easily follow, while maintaining that 'special worship time' during the bridge without compromising the return back to an up-tempo experience. Ndolo refreshes his tradition by covering Townsend and Getty's popular modern hymn 'In Christ Alone.' Worship music is ever evolving to meet the demands of change and continual progressive revelation of God's word. It is exciting to know that people like Ndolo are willing to make themselves available and vulnerable to the Spirit's leading and guiding."
—Jeremy Verhines, Worship Leader Magazine