Millions of youth and adults are suffering from depression. Thousands have given up. The underlying cause of suicide is an unbearable pain derived from a pervasive sense of hopelessness, a loss or lack of connection to others, and a life-long pattern of self destruction. Music has been clinically proven to calm anxiety and ease pain. The Worth of Souls features a team of award-winning recording artists who've produced an altruistic album of original and award-winning contemporary Christian songs that promote the Savior's unconditional love and mercy. This album plants seeds of faith and restores confidence in ourselves. It is an effective tool to share with the prodigal, the faithful, the unbeliever, the saint.
"I know firsthand the emotional and spiritual depths to which depression and disillusionment with life can take us. In addition to sensitive and caring loved ones and friends, nothing lifted my spirits and spoke peace more powerfully during my darkest days, than beautiful and inspiring music. While God has a myriad of ways by which He can work His miracles in our lives, very often His divine Spirit heals the broken heart, plants hope, and give perspective and purpose through the thoughtful and prayerful work of gifted and inspired musicians. In that spirit, I applaud the artists and producers of WORTH OF SOULS. Their tender and Christ-like offering is a life changing gift to all who will receive it."
—Robert L. Millet
Professor Emeritus of Religious Education Brigham Young University
I love, love, love this CD. I love its purpose to help bring people peace who suffer from depression, and I love the way the artists have worked to accomplish the goal. There's a nice mix of sweet and peaceful talents. My absolute favorite are Jordan Moyes' two contributions. So so sweet.
This project has been a labor of love. With so much depression in our society it's been difficult to reach people and offer comfort through my piano music and other recordings. Knowing a younger generation likes pop music, I brought together some of our best songwriters and singers to make a altruistic album with songs that anchor our hope in the love of our Savior. Former American Idol singer Kenz Hall's rendition of Come As You invites all of us to leave the past behind and focus on who the Savior sees us becoming. Jordan Moyes and Ashley, some of Provo's finest entertainers , give us a whole new take on "Oceans" made popular by Hillsong United. For the first time the song is done with a full orchestra and acoustic guitar. It's beauty invites us to walk deeper in our faith and trust in God. Ellee Duke, whose opened for LeAnn Rimes, and many others, wrote a gorgeous anthem called Lift Me Out about overcoming self-doubt and depression. It's a hit song. That Mountain was written by me, Brad Hull, Tom Worth, and Charley Jenkins. The irony of prayer and why some go unanswered makes a powerful song with an important message from Charley Jenkins. Sierra Lauren does How Can It Be to perfection. She belts out the joy and celebration of Christ's victory over death. Jordan Moyes original O Glorious Day is a prayer for the coming of the Lord. The Homecoming by Jim Daneker is a piano masterpiece that soars in the midst of the album. Tears of The Saints performed by Trevor Price encourages us to live outside ourselves and to serve and love one another. I wrote Lay it Down with Ashley Hess and she performs what is a prayer of surrender in a tender and powerful way. Justin Williams version of Redeemed will give you goosebumps. He Knows What He's Doing from Charley Jenkins is a powerful song about how we wish we could prevent the pain in the lives of those we love, but acknowledge the Lord knows what He's doing. Finally, Ashley Hess performs Worth of Souls. Overall, the album is celebration of Christ's victory over death and our ability to trust Him in all things.