Worship leader Stephen Hurd’s upcoming CD “O That Men Would Worship” was released on March 20th 2012 and is in stores Now!!.
This CD contains 15 powerful worship songs that feature some of gospel music’s top worship leaders, such as: Anthony Brown, Jason Nelson, Anthony Evans, and Deonte Gray. “O That Men Would Worship”, was recorded live at The First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Upper Marlboro, MD where Stephen is the minister of music.
The first song to grab you is “Be Strong” featuring Hurd and Minister Deonte Gray of the 7 Sons of Soul on lead. Gray masterfully ministers the song (getting his preach on in the vamp) through exhortations from scripture and personal experience with Hurd acting as the “amen corner”. The track features an all male background ensemble that is on point. It is easy for the listener to get wrapped up in the vamp (as I found myself) only to find out you are at the end of the song and there is no reprise
Stephen Hurd follows with “Through the Eyes of Faith“, a simple song laced with a powerful message. Here Hurd satisfies the seasoned saints as the chorus of the hymn “My Faith Looks Up to Thee” is used in the bridge. Songwriters note: anytime you want to draw worshippers in, insert a “My Soul Says Yes” praise. There is one here. The atmosphere is charged further as Hurd admonishes the audience to activate their faith. Also of note is Hurd’s personal tribute to Marvin Winans (you’ll have to be a die-hard Marvin Winans’ fan to know what I’m talking about).
Not to be left out of the noteworthy cuts is “It’s Working for Your Good” featuring Pastor Jason Nelson. This is one of the shortest songs on the entire disc, but it never takes Nelson long to get his point in and over. The admonition to “trust God and hold on” lingers long after the song is finished. This is another one for repeat and this song needs to be added to the list of songs that carried us OVER.
This will be the first CD released on his own, ‘Hurd The Word’, record label with distribution from Central South. In the video below Stephen Hurd talks about this release.
Stephen Hurd – O That Men Would Worship Promotional Video