Reviewed by Dale Lewis
All for Love by Sara Renner
"The cutting edge fusion of Jazz, Soul and Gospel encompasses the music of Sara Renner."
Much like my first
encounter with PFR (Pray For Rain) some 15 years ago as they led worship
at Camp Shamineau, I first heard Sara and
the Elements at the EFCA (Evangelical Free Church of America) Leadership
Conference in 2008. The EFCA Conference team asked them back to lead worship
for the 2009 conference. Sara and the Elements know how to lead worship well.
Bathed in prayer, they are authentic and God-honoring in their praise as
they rely on the leading of the Holy Spirit. Sharing a personal life lesson
followed immediately by her singing “Forgive” moved many attending
the worship service and help soften hardened hearts.
I know it sounds like an ancient marketing tagline but, “you don’t just listen to Sara’s music . . . you’re blessed by experiencing the whole package,” – her deeply rich and soulful voice, complemented by tight arrangements and uplifting lyrics.
The cutting edge fusion of Jazz, Soul and Gospel encompasses the music of Sara Renner. She is definitely comfortable with all music styles. The horn arrangements and live musicians remind me of Bryan Duncan (both as a solo artist and lead vocalist with Sweet Comfort Band) adding a sweet funk to the driving rhythms of the tracks.
Ten of the twelve tracks on “All For Love” were co-written by the artist herself. Prime tracks include: That's the Way You Love, Too Much to Smile About, I Walked on the Water, Forgive and Savor the Moment. Her passion is undeniable . . . her positive enthusiasm overwhelming. Sara’s faith is in a God who is still in the business of changing, healing, restoring and redeeming His creation. Is it any wonder why she wants to uplift the Almighty in her music and I want to join her?
Without any doubt, the local talent involved in this production elevates “All For Love." Producer Nate Sabin, who has worked with CCM artists Sara Groves, Joe Rogness and Jason Gay, also does the acoustic guitar work and lends a helping hand in writing lyrics.
This middle-aged, white man can’t
help but make feeble attempts at dancing before our Lord when I hear her
music, (in the comfortable setting
of my living room, of course).
Even if you don’t see yourself dancing in your living room anytime soon, pick up a copy of “All For Love.” You won’t be disappointed!