Waiting
Serving up 12 punchy, inventive pop, rock and funk tracks, Waiting gives convincing testimony: blessings really do come to those who wait on the Lord.
Waiting [CD]

$14.99

20161

SHIP
Waiting [CD]

$14.99

20161

SHIP
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A relative newcomer, Josh Blakesley has always oozed talent. With this stunning sophomore release, that talent—songwriting prowess and soaring vocals, among others—has come to fruition. Serving up 12 punchy, inventive pop, rock and funk tracks, Waiting gives convincing testimony that blessings really do come to those who wait on the Lord.

Song after song, Josh's pure, strong voice shines. Backing that great voice are some of the top musicians in Nashville—and in contemporary Christian music: Dave Cleveland (Steven Curtis Chapman, Twila Paris) and Scott Dente (Watermark) on guitar, Matt Pierson (Michael W. Smith, Rich Mullins) on bass, and Jonathan Smith (Kevin Max) on drums. Other contributors include Matt Maher, who co-wrote four of the songs.

"Be Lifted High" stands out. A funk gem à la Stevie Wonder, it's got an infectious groove, righteous keyboards and incredible horns. Exalting God from beginning to end, the song ends like any good revival, with Josh calling out, "Can I get a witness?! Can I get an amen?!"

From “Pour Out My Heart,” a vigorous rock track, to “Sophie’s Song,” a delicate ballad written for his infant daughter, these songs came out of a time of waiting for Josh and family: waiting for the birth of their first child, waiting for a new home.

In a sense, we're all waiting. We're all exiles from our heavenly homeland, waiting for eternal union with Christ. Riveting, edgy and flush with heart, the songs on Josh's second album encourage us along the way.