Audrey Assad – Inheritance


Audrey Assad
Fortunate Fall Records
11 tracks @ 41:34
Grade =A

Audrey Assad releases one of the best hymns projects since Ashley Cleveland and Bart Millard recorded similar material.

Audrey says, “I knew that Inheritance had to be much more than me going into the studio and simply doing pretty renditions of hymns we all know and love. I couldn’t be satisfied with that—I had to make something both bright and dark—colored honestly with my own doubts and weaknesses, so that the Lord who inspired these songs could be even more visible in it. Inheritance is an offering I am humbled, privileged and challenged to make—and I pray it will be a gift to anyone who hears it.”

The first radio single is “Holy Holy Holy.” Audrey says, “This trinitarian, theology-heavy prayer became an intercessory pray for Avery, a toddler with heterotaxy, a severe heart condition. The word ‘holy,’ which we traditionally associate with God’s ineffability and super-righteousness, refers also to His infinite mercy because of how He chose to deposit His holiness in the tabernacle on the seat of Mercy. While I didn’t know what or how to pray for Avery, I remember that the Holy Spirit prays for us. Even when we don’t ‘feel’ like praying, the words of ‘Holy, Holy, Holy’ give us a beautiful prayer about a loving and merciful God.”

The production and instrumentation is understated throughout the disk, allowing Audrey’s vocals to be front and center.

Audrey grew up learning to sing in a Plymouth Brethren community. “I was raised in a church where we didn’t use any instruments on Sunday mornings,” Audrey says. “I learned to sing there, from the old hymnbooks, in four-part harmony, with my family and my neighbors. It was multi-generational, it was deep and rich and beautiful, and like most of my favorite worship music, it was steeped in community.”

Among the tracks is the original composition “Even Unto Death,” a standout modern hymn co-written with Matt Maher.

– Rob S.

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