12 years ago, CCM veteran artist Twila Paris released House of Worship. This was her first full worship album since her 1991 project, Sanctuary. The album features ten new songs as well as two new versions of the well-loved classics "We Bow Down" and "We Will Glorify." Once again, Paris teamed up with friend and producer Brown Bannister (Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith) to create an album of worship classics.
Highly piano-oriented, the release can best be described as simple, yet moving. The album's production tends toward organic, not striving to dazzle listeners with innovative approaches, instead seeking to draw them into worship through simplicity.
Of the project,she says, "I love that these songs have been born in this season in which God has been reigniting a passion for worship in His people -- preparing us for something...I pray that more than ever God will lead each of us into a place of true worship, that we will encounter His presence and power and that His desire will be accomplished in us."
But why are worship songs important? Paris' answer is just stunning: "God uses worship to heal us, to win battles in the spiritual realm, to draw those who don't know Him, to encourage His children to refocus, to prepare, to realign our priorities...and ultimately to change us and make us more like Him. But all these reasons are secondary. Worship is not about what we get out of it. At the end of the day, we only need one reason. We worship Him because He is worthy. We worship Him for who He is...And if no other reason existed, that would be enough."
1. God of All
2. We Bow Down
3. You Are God
4. For Eternity
5. Glory and Honor
6. Come Emmanuel
7. Fill My Heart
8. Make Us One
9. I Want the World to Know
10. Not My Own
11. Christ in Us
12. We Will Glorify (New Version)
One of the songs on the project "Fill My Heart" was a co-write between Paris & Kathy Troccoli: