WOW Hits series, the multi-platinum winning music project created through the partnership between the three largest Christian music/entertainment companies in the industry, including EMI Christian Music Group, Provident Music Group, and Word Entertainment stormed out recently with WOW Hits 2011.
With 11 #1s, 6 top 5, and 9 top 10 Christian radio songs, WOW Hits 2011 is the 16th two-disc release that offers the best Christian songs at a “cost-cutting” ideal.
To be quite honest, I have always had a blasé view about erstwhile editions for some time now, until the last two compilations.
The earlier ones kind-of lacked a definitive theme and connectivity; rather they came across as half-baked productions. Not because the artistes failed to deliver but something just never clicked.
It looks like the producers have been listening to feedbacks, and this time there’s such a renewed respect and anticipation for them.
In the last three years including this current WOW Hits 2011, the themes and messages have remained focused and worthy of the title!
Musically,this series has also rehearsed the true essence of why it is a hit title. With the melodic nuances shifting sprightly between the steadily progressive rock to delectable and thoughtful pop rhythms, or the smooth paced hip-hop, giving way to a mandolin infused praise. Every part gelled!
Featuring 30 songs on two CDs, the WOW Hits 2011 arrangement provides Christian music fans hit songs from today’s top Christian artists including Casting Crowns ’“Until The Whole World Hears,” TobyMac’s “Get Back Up,” Francesca Battistelli’s “Beautiful Beautiful,” Third Day’s “Born Again,” Natalie Grant’s “The Greatness Of Our God,” Passion’s (Featuring Chris Tomlin) “Our God,” Tenth Avenue North’s “Healing Begins,”NEEDTOBREATHE’S “Lay ‘Em Down,” Brandon Heath’s “Love Never Fails,” Sidewalk Prophets’ “The Words I Would Say,” and Matthew West’s brand new single “My Own Little World”,” Newsboys’ in “Born Again,”. With newer injection of artistes alternated with the regular ensembles[though the list ought to be more than thirty in my own opinion] that make the line-up annually this series includes the likes of Chris August,Jonny Diaz, Mikeschair,and Kerrie Roberts.
The themes are beautifully embedded within the folksy stories acknowledging the Divine; then Personal testimonies of Redemption, a gutsy TobyMac’s rendition call to embrace, get back up, and hope. Also messages about getting real about social love, a call to reconciliation and Victorious living: whether you’re a believer or not!
Simply put; WOW Hits 2011 combines all the right message needed to lift any worried soul through such a time as we’re in: all in one piece.
WOW Hits 2011 Track Listing
Until The Whole World Hears – Casting Crowns
Our God (Radio Version) – Passion (Featuring Chris Tomlin)
What Faith Can Do – Kutless
The Greatness Of Our God – Natalie Grant
Healing Hand Of God – Jeremy Camp
Hold Us Together – Matt Maher
Love Never Fails – Brandon Heath
My Own Little World – Matthew West
The Words I Would Say – Sidewalk Prophets
Heaven Is The Face – Steven Curtis Chapman
Better Than A Hallelujah – Amy Grant
Before The Morning – Josh Wilson
Love Has Come – Mark Schultz
You Found Me – Big Daddy Weave
My Help Comes From The Lord -The Museum
Get Back Up – TobyMac
Beautiful Beautiful – Francesca Battistelli
Born Again -Third Day
Lay ‘Em Down – NEEDTOBREATHE
Healing Begins – Tenth Avenue North
Born Again – Newsboys
Hero – Skillet
Walk On The Water – Britt Nicole
Let The Waters Rise – MIKESCHAIR
Forgiven – Sanctus Real
Your Love Is A Song – Switchfoot
Follow You – Leeland (with special guest Brandon Heath)
More Beautiful You – Jonny Diaz
Starry Night – Chris August
No Matter What – Kerrie Roberts