Awake My Soul (with Lecrae)
Label: Six Steps (SIX)
Chris Tomlin is, above all, a worship leader, so when he sets out to record a new album, it's not just about choosing songs that sound good when he sings them. The goal is to create music that everyone can instantly make their own and congregations can sing together. Burning Lights, helmed by award-winning producer Jason Ingram, has an urgency that runs through it, connecting tracks by collaborators Matt Redman, Kari Jobe, Matt Maher, Ed Cash, Phil Wickham and Lecrae. Tomlin twice thought the album was finished before going back and adding a song. Here, that perfectionism pays off big.