It’s been more than four years since the release of the critically acclaimed, best-selling worship album, In the Company of Angels. But for Caedmon’s Call, the past four years might as well have been a lifetime. Having traveled to India, Ecuador and Brazil to witness firsthand the work of two key organizations, the Dalit Freedom Network who is dedicated to empowering India’s oppressed Dalit people in their quest for social freedom and human dignity, and Compassion International—a child relief agency for which Caedmon’s Call has been a longtime advocate—the band and its vision for and definition of ministry has been forever changed. The musical result was 2005’s Share the Well, considered by many Caedmon’s career best. Certainly, it was a pivotal album, signifying this band’s new experience and understanding of the Great Commission.
“Our perspective on worship, on who we are before God, has completely changed,” explains Cliff Young. “What we’ve been doing in India, Ecuador and Brazil—has reshaped our priorities and our understanding of what this life is supposed to be all about. We’re so much more of an active group now, so there’s really no going back.”
And yet one thing has irrevocably remained the same: the call in Caedmon’s Call to be a conduit of worship. “First and foremost, we’re called to use our gifts and abilities and passions to the glory of God,” Cliff continues. “And doing that within our local churches and communities. The natural result is original songs of worship. Songs for people to sing in community.”
On March 7th, the much-anticipated release of In The Company Of Angels 2 - The World Will Sing carries the worship torch forward, extolling the attributes of God in a progressive blend of organic originals and new spins on timeless classics.
From the surprisingly aggressive first single “Great And Mighty to the mesmerizing new treatments on “Draw Me Nearer” and “I Surrender All,” which are already gaining ground in churches across the U.S., In The Company Of Angels 2 - The World Will Sing features 11 powerfully memorable songs. Songs like “Rest Upon Us,” “Be Merciful To Me” and “We Give Thanks” that consider substance over style, God’s glory over experience alone. “We try to be careful with doctrine and theology in our lyrics and not sacrifice good solid doctrine for the sake of a good rhyme,” Cliff says. “We try to make the songs about God rather than about us. We never want to forget that God is the audience. We gather together to worship Him, to say great things about Him, and then He in turn does great things among us. But first, it’s for his glory. That’s really all that matters.”
Again as with its best-selling predecessor, Angels II taps a bevy of strong songwriters from within and outside Caedmon’s Call. In addition to Cliff, longtime friend and collaborator Aaron Senseman weighs in heavily on “Great And Mighty” and “Fellowship So Deep” as does Andy Osenga on “The Story” and “We Give Thanks,” and Josh Moore’s fingerprints can be lifted off “The Fountain.” Collectively, these songs fly right alongside the Angels of 2001. Original. Worshipful. Accessible. Powerful. The kind of excellence we’ve come to expect from a band of this caliber.
“My hope for these songs is that they will spread beyond our small Christian communities,” Cliff says. “Christ is going to do his work first and foremost in the church, so being active in our churches will always be important. But this project is aimed at challenging believers to be salt and light in the world. If your life has been changed—as ours certainly has—you’ve got to do something about it. Get involved in people’s lives, make the effort outside yourself… That’s what worship really is anyway, and that’s kind of the idea of Angels II: We will sing, and eventually, the world will sing, too.”
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