Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Living for His Glory

Whoa! Has it really been three months since I updated this? Well, winter break just started, so expect more frequent writing and updates, at least for the next four weeks or so. Now that Christmas-time is upon us, I'm featuring a new voice in the Christian praise and worship genre, one that I hope you enjoy as much as I do. Paige Marie is a Northwest-based artist, now finishing up her studies at my alma mater in Kirkland, Washington. That's actually how I came to know her, and I'm so glad I've had that opportunity. Paige is one of those people who has such a kind, "old" soul; someone who seems wise beyond her young years. Her words have a certain lyrical maturity, while still retaining that childhood wonder that some of us are trying so desperately to hold onto. Paige's vocal abilities bring to mind such artists as Nina Simone, Jen Wood, and Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis. Her take on the Tim Hughes-penned "Here I Am To Worship" literally brought tears to my eyes the first time I heard it. The one original composition featured here, "Summer Love Song", as well as her version of Hillsong United's "Evermore" really showcase Paige's amazing voice and guitar work. The quiet percussion in both arrangements adds a haunting element to them. As a young person still trying to find her voice in all that this world throws at people her age, I have complete confidence that Paige will figure out who and what she wants to be, if she hasn't already.

Paige Marie - Here I Am To Worship
Paige Marie - Summer Love Song
Paige Marie - Evermore


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