Worship

Recorded live this summer at Carpenter's Home Church in Lakeland, Fla., Worship is one of the year's most highly anticipated albums in the Christian market.

Recorded live this summer at Carpenter's Home Church in Lakeland, Fla., Worship is one of the year's most highly anticipated albums in the Christian market. The appeal is understandable: Worship music is the Christian industry's most popular subgenre right now, and Smith has long been one of the community's top-selling, best-loved artists. Backed by an all-star choir (Greg Long, Craig & Dean, Cindy Morgan, and Amy Grant, among others), Smith delivers some of the most stirring worship songs ever written. Among the highlights are the Matt Redman-penned "The Heart of Worship," Paul Baloche's "Open the Eyes of My Heart," and Rich Mullins' classic "Awesome God." Also included is "Above All," which Smith sang at the inaugural prayer service for President George W. Bush. Each track reverberates with passion and reverence; at a time when people are looking for peace and comfort, consider this album musical balm.—DEP