Leslie Jordan and David Leonard, the duo who make up the worship band All Sons and Daughters, were looking for inspiration for a new batch of songs. They turned to the lives of writers and saints—people like C.S. Lewis, St. Francis, St. Augustine, and John Calvin.
Jordan and Leonard lead worship music at Journey Church near Nashville. They spoke to their pastor, Jamie George, who had been thinking about starting a series on church history. This conversation resulted in a trip to Europe to explore the lives of these people and, consequently, a book by George and this new album.
Continuing in the vein of the band’s previous albums, Poets and Saints features acoustic-based worship music and lyrics that show a depth of study. For example, “Creation Sings,” the song inspired by learning about John Calvin, has a stirring chorus: “Creation, all creation/Sings your glory, God.” The text of this simple but theologically rich song will warm the hearts of Reformed Christians and its melody will encourage listeners to sing it loudly.
This album is worth multiple listens. (Integrity Music)
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