Lenny Smith - You Are My Hiding Place
Veteran singer/songwriter Lenny Smith has been singing and writing worship songs since 1970, and his best known song Our God Reigns has been sung in thousands of churches across the world.
His latest collection, released via lennysmith.bandcamp.com on Great Comfort Records, is You Are My Hiding Place, 12 songs written between 1971 and 2000.
As ever, Lenny does things his own way and his style is very much his own. So what can you expect from this collection? First, lots of songs taken directly from the words of Scripture. Lenny’s big on the psalms and there are plenty of catchy extracts here that will help you memorise bits of the Bible, and recall them to a catchy tune.
Second, there’s a warmth and welcome about Lenny’s music – it’s music with real heart. Yes, the vocals waver a bit and may not be everyone’s cup of tea, and the arrangements feel very homespun, like a bunch of musicians gathered in Lenny’s front room, jammed a bit and laid down some tracks. Possibly that’s pretty much what happened.
Stylistically, expect a familiar blend of folk and country style worship, with the odd rockier moment thrown in. Some songs lend themselves well to congregational use, others for personal devotion and enjoyment.
You can listen to the whole album on bandcamp.com to see if it suits you or not - and plenty will find it does. Worship songs full of love and heart, that send you back to God. Recommended!