Music Review: Jimmy Needham, The Hymns Sessions: Vol. 1

The Hymns Sessions, Vol. 1, Jimmy Needham


…Is there a need for Vol. 2?

This review will be relatively short because it really didn’t take long for me to form an informed decision to support the ministry..or the artist. A few of my SIS (shout to KN and KP) hipped me to this upcoming project, so I was truly looking forward to hearing if our brother was going to take the kingdom to another level of worship on this project …welp….not on this one.

Jimmy’s voice is better than ever! You can definitely hear that this young man is evolving in his God-given gift. I instantly became enamored with the artist’s rendition of “Christos Anesti” which is translated in Greek as “Christ is Risen”!  It is truly refreshing to hear a mainstream Christian vocalist bring an ancient hymn sung by the church fathers; even if it was only a minute and  eighteen seconds. In “The Gospel” Jimmy sings the praises of our Lord Jesus, but the song itself doesn’t actually “share” the Gospel. At any rate it’s a feel-good track and it is successful in giving Jesus praise.

That’s where my accolades end. For the most part I felt like I was being entertained. C.W. Booth has an excellent perspective on praise and worship.

He writes:

  • worship must include giving praises and thanksgiving to God (Psalms 147:1)
  • worship must be verbally edifying (1Corinthians 14)
  • worship must use the Word of God (1Timothy 4:13)
  • worshippers must be instructed in the way of righteousness (2Timothy 3:16-4:4)
  • worshippers must be rebuked for sinning (2Timothy 4:2)
  • worshippers must be refuted when they use the Word of God improperly (Titus 1:9-11)
  • worshippers must be encouraged (1Thessalonians 5:11)
  • worship must include spiritual hymns, biblical psalms, and spiritual songs (unspiritual or a-spiritual music is not commended) (Colossians 3:16, Ephesians 5:19)
  • communion services must be conducted to remember Christ’s death and resurrection (1Corinthians 11:20-33)
  • communion service attendees must not be drunk, hungry, or gluttonous (1Corinthians 11:20-33)
  • speakers at the worship service must speak one at a time, in an orderly fashion (1Corinthians 14:40)
  • the unsaved are to be taught in such a manner as to have the secret sins of their heart exposed so that they may be convicted by every speaker and consequently repent (1Corinthians 14:24,25)
  • no pastor or worshipper is to worship before settling complaints and grudges with fellow believers (Matthew 5:23,24)
  • offerings are to be secret (Matthew 6:4)
  • no woman is to pray out loud with uncovered head (1Corinthians 11:5-13)
  • no woman is to offer biblical exposition with men present (alternative interpretation: no woman is to be head of the teaching ministry in the church) (1Timothy 2:11-14)

Music and song must subordinate themselves to or be compatible with all these facets of congregational worship. But most especially to edification.”What is the outcome then, brethren? When you assemble, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.” (1 Corinthians 14:26)


With that said, I was truly disappointed with his rendition of “Come Thou Fount” (can you say butchered!) I has the feel of a New Orleans death parade.  The saving grace is the last track titled “It is Finished”. 

My prayer is: If there is a Vol. 2, Seek the Lord before you go into the studio. The early church and the worshippers of the old testament viewed the Songs of Zion as Sacred. It is my opinion that many of us are losing sight of this. 





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