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Positive Vibes Only: Elevation Worship Celebrate God's Unchanging Love With An Epic Performance Of "Same God"
The Christian music collective name-checks a variety of Biblical figures in this performance of "Same God," calling on the boundless love of a God who has been there throughout the ages.
Elevation Worship take a bird's eye view of God's love in "Same God." In each verse, the Christian collective conjures up some of the best-known stories of God's love, before calling on Him to provide that same bastion of love and power today.
In this episode of Positive Vibes Only, the group backs up that lyrical message with an equally powerful performance. The group performs shrouded in dim lighting, their faces projected on a screen that encompasses the performance space.
The chorus repeats the titular line — "You are the same God" — driving home the song's message: God delivers the same love and faithfulness that was established thousands of years ago, with the first covenant He gave to humankind.
"God is perpetually the same. He is unchanged in His wisdom," Barrientes says in a statement about the song on the group's website. "He is unchanged in His power. He is unchanged in His goodness and His generosity toward us. He's not thrown off by my failures and shortcomings."
"Same God" comes off the track list of LION, Elevation Worship's tenth live album. It's the first project that the collective released since their GRAMMY-winning collaborative live album with Maverick City Music, 2021's Old Church Basement, a career-changing project that launched the group into the global sphere and broke streaming records.
With an increasingly wide-ranging sonic landscape, LION is, in many ways, the group's most ambitious work to date. But it still holds many of the same elements that they espoused when Pastor Steven Furtick launched the group as a branch of the Charlotte, North Carolina-based Elevation Church in 2007. Furtick is still at the helm of the collective, and he co-wrote "Same God" with fellow Elevation Worship members Chris Brown, Pat Barrett and Brandon Lake.
Press play on the video above to watch the full performance of "Same God," and check back to GRAMMY.com every Sunday for more episodes of Positive Vibes Only.
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Positive Vibes Only: DOE Finds Growth In Her Pain In This Acoustic Performance Of "Hey You"
Christian singer DOE performs a stripped-down version of the track, offering the pearls of wisdom she's learned from her past relationships.
Falling out of love can be an agonizing feeling. But as Christian singer DOE explores through her introspection in "Hey You," there's growth found within that experience.
In this episode of Positive Vibes Only, DOE performs the extended version of the track, offering the pearls of wisdom she's learned from her past relationships: "Don't lose the ones you love/ Don't lose them to poor communication/ Stop blaming it on your personality/ Grow up and show up and learn communication," she sings in the song's outro.
This stripped-down performance of "Hey You" features only DOE's soft vocals and guitar playing. Because of its simplistic nature, the lyrics are able to shine through, emphasizing DOE's message.
"Hey You" is a B-side from DOE's latest album, Clarity. DOE is a devout Christian and grew up performing at her church in Louisiana prior to joining the twice GRAMMY-nominated gospel group Forever Jones. As DOE said on her website, she now uses her solo music as a space to share what God has taught her without being overtly religious.
Press play on the video above to watch DOE's acoustic performance of "Hey You," and keep checking back to GRAMMY.com every Sunday for more episodes of Positive Vibes Only.
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Positive Vibes Only: Pastor Mike Jr. Praises God From The Rooftops In This Effervescent Performance Of "Winning"
Accompanied by a captivating musical ensemble, Rock City Church's Pastor Mike Jr. celebrates a season of blessings in this live performance of "Winning."
Since stepping into the gospel scene in 2019, Pastor Mike Jr. has made quite the impression.
The Birmingham-born spiritual leader skyrocketed to fame after the release of his debut album, Live Free, which captivated the world with his infectious, high-spirited joy for God. Today, Pastor Mike Jr. is "Winning" back-to-back, recently becoming an 11x Stellar Award champion and uplifting one of the fastest-growing ministries in the south, Rock City Church.
In this episode of Positive Vibes Only, Pastor Mike Jr. performs the title track from his latest EP, Winning. With the accompaniment of an ensemble, he celebrates a season of blessings thanks to God's work: "Never had a problem that He couldn't solve/ Mountain that He couldn't move/ So I know I cannot lose."
The performance overflows with praise and gratitude as he belts from a rooftop, pumping up the crowd with his dance moves.
Winning is the follow-up EP to Pastor Mike Jr.'s successful second album, I Got It: Single's Ministry, Vol. 1. The album helped the hip-hop gospel leader snag six Stellar Awards in 2022, including Artist of the Year and Album of the Year.
Press play on the video above to watch Pastor Mike Jr.'s rapturous performance of "Winning," and keep checking back to GRAMMY.com every Sunday for more new episodes of Positive Vibes Only.
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Positive Vibes Only: Watch Housefires Illustrate The Power Of Jesus' Love With "Lean On The Lord"
Atlanta-based worship group Housefires come together for an impassioned performance of "Lean on the Lord," a track from their recently released album, 'How To Start A Housefire.'
For worship collective Housefires, trusting in Christ is the answer to life's struggles. That's exactly the message of their new song "Lean on the Lord."
In this episode of Positive Vibes Only, Housefires deliver an inspirational performance of the track, complete with live instrumentation and a backing choir. At the helm is vocalist Ryan Ellis, with the entire 12-piece group providing powerful harmonies on the chorus.
"Some things don't make sense/ But one thing's for sure/ When I lean on You, Lord/ Lean on You, Lord/ Somehow Your love gives me the strength to go on," they sing.
"Lean on the Lord" is a cut from Housefires' new album, How To Start A Housefire, which the group released in January. It's Housefires' first studio album since 2017, but the collective has released three live albums in between.
The group put together How To Start A Housefire to remind listeners that their mission hasn't changed since their 2014 formation — despite the fact they have experienced commercial success. According to a press release, "The songs were meant to be a resource for the church in thought and creed rather than elements to tack onto a Sunday setlist."
Press play on the video above to watch Housefires' full performance, and check back to GRAMMY.com for more episodes of Positive Vibes Only.
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Positive Vibes Only: Jeff Mojica & Lowsan Melgar Invite Listeners To Experience God's Impact With "Lo Volverás A Hacer"
Performing "Lo Volverás a Hacer" with just an acoustic guitar, Jeff Mojica and Lowsan Melgar hope to bring listeners the peace and assurance God has brought them.
With "Lo Volverás a Hacer," Puerto Rican singer/songwriter Jeff Mojica chronicles the story of Moses and Jesus as he encourages listeners to believe that God continues to work His magic in the current generation.
"By singing it and listening to it, I hope everyone can trust that God is a faithful, just and measured Father; and thus, He will never put us in an uncomfortable place to embarrass us, but to increase our faith and open our eyes to His proximity, His power, and the scope of His supernatural ability," Mojica explained in a press release.
In this episode of Positive Vibes Only, Mojica performs a stripped-down version of the track accompanied only by the guitar of his collaborator, Guatemalan musician Lowsan Melgar. The simplistic arrangement allows the song's lyrics and vocalization to take the stage.
At the song's climax, Mojica and Meglar belt in unison, emphasizing how God's divine power has positively manifested in their lives and allowed them to embody a spirit of strength and hope. It's a cathartic moment for the two singers, and they slowly grow calmer as the song ends.
"Personally, I love the sublime moments [described in this song]. They make me feel vulnerable and ready to surrender completely," Mojica adds. "I feel that my struggles and burdens are gone, and I receive assurance that everything will be fine through God. I hope that by sharing this song, others can feel the same."
Press play on the video above to watch Jeff Mojica & Lowsan Meglar's uplifting performance of "Lo Volverás a Hacer," and keep checking back to GRAMMY.com every Sunday for more episodes of Positive Vibes Only.
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