Love Never Fails – Chris McClarney

Chris McClarney

Love Never Fails

[Kingsway Music/EMI]

www.chrismcclarney.com

When a songwriter is renowned for their humility, there’s a good thing going. While unpretentious and even unaided by a website of his own – chrismcclarney.com simply redirects you to a widget on the Kingsway music site – his songs are used in worship across the globe. Praised by voices such as Jeff Deyo (worship leader and former SONICFLOOd vocalist) and Bill Johnson (pastor at Bethel Church in Redding, California), McClarney’s music has been described as refreshing, sincere, and passionate. Lines from some of his songs have provided launching points for others to write songs exploring concepts further.

The writer of the popular worship song “Your Love Never Fails”, Chris McClarney’s music has spread to churches worldwide – but you might not be familiar with his name unless you read the song credits. The original version of “Your Love Never Fails”, found on the EP Introducing Chris McClarney, is soulful and flowing, containing a brilliant groove reminiscent of Sting & The Police.

Love Never Fails isn’t cheap talk. The album really is about the power of divine love (as the cover art makes plain). As a worship arts medium, this album draws the listener into meditation upon God’s steadfast love, and its lyrics vocalize thankfulness and adoration. “Your Love Is Everything” speaks of the healing, cleansing, and filling power of God’s love. “I Need You More” confesses our need for greater and deeper encounters with the Trinity.

Merited indeed for its worshipfulness, Love Never Fails is fun, raw, and skilfully composed. Six original tracks are set amongst gospel-rich covers of greats by Hillsong, Keith Green and Bob Dylan. McClarney’s unique, rich and soulful voice masterfully helms the album’s soundscape. Love Never Fails is easy on the ears but deep in heart.

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