Wednesday, January 17, 2018

A Look at Jon Thurlow's Different Story

The first time I heard Jon Thurlow was through the Onething Live: Magnificent Obsession compilation. At the time, I was only familiar with a few of the International House of Prayer's (IHOPKC) prophetic worship artists, such as Cory Asbury and Matt Gilman. Since they appeared on the album, I gave an enthusiastic listen, and "Storm All Around You" quickly became my favorite track. I was in awe of the prophetic lyrics that described an open-heaven scene, based heavily on Scripture.

Ever since 2004, Jon Thurlow has served at IHOPKC's 24/7 day and night prayer/worship. During that period, he has released several independent albums, beginning with his A Life That's Worthy EP in 2006. His song portfolio includes "Fairer Than the Sons of Men," "Fountains," "Strong Love," "Mighty Hand," and "Confidence in Love."

In 2013, Jon Thurlow released his debut project with IHOPKC's record label, Forerunner Music titled Stand in Awe. Though the eleven-track album featured upbeat worship anthems such as "Have the Glory" and "Who is Like You?" the bulk of the album featured heartfelt songs of worship that talk of intimacy with Jesus and a deep hunger to know Him better. Some of these songs, including, "Take Your Place" and "Fully In Love" are some of Jon's staple songs in his current worship sets.

Just recently, Jon Thurlow released his sophomore project with Forerunner Music titled Different Story. A fan of Jon's prophetic worship, I was anticipating this release for most of last year. The fantastic album follows in the footsteps of Stand In Awe, as Jon again gives us more of these deeply personal songs of hunger and devotion with a healthy mix of upbeat dance tracks. Some of my personal favorites include the soft "For You," where God bares His heart and comes up with a plan of redemption through Jesus after the fall in the Garden of Eden. "I Want Your Heart" and "Your Love is Better" challenge the listener to surrender their whole heart in return for God's love.

Listen to "For You" below. Then, head over to NewReleaseToday to read my full review of Different Story here, and to see why I called the album "a must-have worship album to add to your collection."

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