Worship leader and Dove Award-winning songwriter Paul Baloche has been serving the local church on a global scale for almost 30 years, crafting songs such as “A New Hallelujah,” “Open The Eyes Of My Heart,” “Your Name” and “Above All” that have been recorded in ten languages and sung by believers around the world. He also has created a variety of training resources for worship teams while mentoring the next generation of worship leaders. Now this “worship pastor of worship pastors” launches his next season of ministry from a home base in New York City with a new album, “Your Mercy,” filled with songs that reflect his adopted community and God’s unwavering grace.
Produced by Baloche and longtime collaborator Michael Rossback, “Your Mercy” delivers twelve songs penned by Baloche with cowriters including All Sons & Daughters, Michael Neale, Corey Voss, Andi Rozier (Vertical Church Band), Matt Redman, Aaron Shust, Meredith Andrews, Aaron Gillespie and Jason Ingram. The project, which has already received a 5-star review from Worship Leader magazine, releases globally in stores and on digital platforms through Integrity Music on Oct. 7.
“Your Mercy,” like all of Baloche’s albums, was crafted with the local church and worship leader in mind. The songs were recorded live in a Brooklyn studio over several nights and are congregational in nature with stripped down instrumentation. Baloche describes the album as “honest worship sessions with very few overdubs, a back-to-basics simplicity of worship… singing together new prayers and songs as a community to glorify God.”
“After 26 years of serving in the same church and living in the same community in Texas, my wife and I purged most of our possessions and moved to a small apartment in NYC,” he adds. “'Your Mercy' captures the sounds of our new community from across the city.”
This community includes labelmates The Brilliance (John Arndt, David Gungor) along with Onaje Jefferson (Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir) and worship leaders/musicians from New York and the northeast. Vocalists Jennifer Holm and Madison Cunningham also make appearances, and Baloche’s wife, Rita, and son, David, round out the contributions.
Standout tracks include “Your Mercy,” “Found In You,” “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus (We Turn)” and “I Will Worship You.” The complete tracklist follows:
1. Psalm 92 (It Is Good)
2. Once For All
3. Found In You
4. I Will Worship You
5. Your Mercy
6. Songs Of The People
7. We Come To You Jesus
8. God Evermore
9. Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus (We Turn)
10. To The Cross I Come [featuring Jennifer Holm & All Sons & Daughters]
11. More Than I Deserve
12. Peace On Earth [featuring Madison Cunningham]
Baloche will share these songs and others at his “LeadWorship Workshop” in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Sept. 30-Oct. 1 and at a “LeadWorship Workshop” in Modesto, California Nov. 11-12 that is co-sponsored by TheChurchCollective. His fall tour schedule also includes a worship concert in Marlton, New Jersey (Philadelphia) on Oct. 2, the National Worship Leader Conference in Lenexa (Kansas City), Kansas on Oct. 6, the Christian Musician Summit in Seattle, Washington Nov. 4-5 and the Calvary Chapel Worship Leaders Conference in Murietta, California, Nov 14-17. For more information on Paul Baloche, including tour details, visit LeadWorship’s official website, and for related worship resources including chord charts and tutorial videos, visit WeAreWorship.
Watch the new music video for "Your Mercy" below: