You Restore My Soul is emblematic of the deep valley through which New Wine has travelled over the past two years, following the investigation and resignation of lead pastor Rev Mark Bailey.
The network’s new leader, Rev Paul Harcourt, is the executive producer on this new album and he has emphasised the fellowship’s familial relationship rather than putting the spotlight on himself.
This eleven-track album was recorded in three church venues with a distance of more than 200 miles between them – Trinity Cheltenham, St Philip’s Church, Salford, and All Saints’ Woodford Wells. There’s a wonderful variety of vocal leads and exemplary production throughout.
Lauren Harris leads the well-paced cover track with sensitivity, while guitar riffs are a neat addition to the cover of Bethel’s ‘Reckless love’. The album’s highlight comes in the form of the Stockholm-based musician Alfred Nygren. His distinctive tone adds richness, while also emphasising the vastness of the New Wine family.
You Restore My Soul is an album of faith from a community emerging out of pain but with a new understanding of the nature of family and God’s faithfulness.