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Hillary Scott Makes Worship a Family Affair with Love Remains

Synopsis

Be encouraged and inspired with the amazing voices of Hillary Scott and her family on their latest album, LOVE REMAINS. Listen to the cool sound of country music with a family who’s gifted with great talent in music, from the parents to the children. They sing together as a family band and in their church. Furthermore, the head of the family, Lang Scott, is the songwriter, while the mother is a Grammy-winning star, Linda Davis and Hillary’s teenage sister, Rylee, is proving to be a budding vocalist.

Thy Will is the leading single in the album that talks about hope and was written during the most difficult time of Hillary’s life, when she had a miscarriage in the fall of 2015.

Songs on Album

“Beautiful Messes”

Connie Harrington, Ben Glover, Hillary Scott

Beautiful Messes is a good introduction to the album. You can hear the unity in the sweet harmony of the voices of the Scott family backed with the sound of country music. The first part of the song is more of asking questions of experiences like, “Have you been…”and “Have you ever felt…” The song encourages everyone to submit their burdens to Jesus to make you feel better. The psalmist said, “Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.” (Psalm 55:22 ESV) The Bible verse and the song tell the same message that even if we are being tested, we will still stand strong with the Lord.

“Still”

Justin Ebach, Molly Reed

The sound of this song is smooth with relatable lyrics. It tells a short story about how God is working in our life even when we are pursuing our own agenda. But God is still in control. Still is a song that reminds us that God is in motion even if we can’t visibly see Him. It reminds us of the blessings that He gives and what He’s doing in our lives without our efforts. As Jesus said in Matthew 17:20 (ESV), “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” The lyrics testify that God is moving mountains that we don’t even see.

“Sheltered In The Arms Of God”

Dottie Rambo, Jimmie Davis

Sheltered In The Arms Of God is a slow and emotional song. When I listened to this song, I almost cried and felt comfort with the lyrics of this song. It is also reminded me of one of the psalms of David, The Lord Is My Shepherd; it said, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4 ESV)

“Safe Haven”

Hillary Scott, Bill Whyte, Sydni Perry, Jimmy Fortune

Safe Haven is a very relaxing sound that is very pleasant. It tells a short story about the singer’s father and how she feels safe with her daddy. At first, I thought that the “papa” in the song is the earthly father, but when I listened to it again and again, I realized that the “papa” in the song is actually God. I think that the songwriter of Safe Haven felt the same confidence as the psalmist who felt secured with God and said, “Because you have made the LORD your dwelling place— the Most High, who is my refuge— no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent.” (Psalm 91:9-10 ESV)

“Faithful Love”

Barry Dean, Don Poythress, Karyn Rochelle

This song has a soft sound that made me imagine myself driving to a distant retreat. The voices of the family are so amazing; they sing the song with exceptional harmony. Although most songs that tell about the love of Jesus are either very slow worship or fast praising, Faithful Love is very different. The unique sound is coupled with lyrics that encourage listeners about how great is the love of Jesus. Look what the psalmist said about God’s faithful love, “Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth, and it stands fast.” (Psalm 119:90 ESV)

“The River”

Jeff Pardo, Jordan Feliz

The melody of the song, The River, is very cool and refreshing. However, when you listen to the lyrics you will hear the deep meaning of going to Jesus and how powerful His blood is to cleanse us of our sins. The song also encourages the listeners to come to Jesus and be cleansed as the lyrics plead, “Oh sister let’s go down. Let’s go down. Come on down.” As Paul said in one of his letters to the church of Corinth; “And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:11 ESV) 

“Thy Will”

Hillary Scott, Emily Weisband, Bernie Herms

Thy Will is a very emotional song and you can really feel the singer’s cry. I can relate to the song. We’ve all had times in our lives when we were confused  and uncertain about God’s will. It’s tempting to follow your own will. We eventually learn to obey God’s will and experience a blessing on our life beyond what we can expect. This song is about that journey. It reminds of  this verse: “Ah, stubborn children,” declares the LORD, “who carry out a plan, but not mine, and who make an alliance, but not of my Spirit, that they may add sin to sin; (Isaiah 30:1 ESV)

“Come To Jesus”

Chris Rice

This is such a very beautiful song and it encourages everyone to come to Jesus whatever your situation. The lyrics of the song tell us to lay our burdens at the cross, “come, cry, sing, follow and dance” to/with Jesus. It reminds us that when we really come to Jesus, He will make everything new to our lives and He will put the pieces into its right place. As the revelation of God to John reads, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also, he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” (Revelation 21:5 ESV)

“Love Remains”

Jim Daddario, Tom Douglas

Love Remains is another emotional and inspiring song about love. It seems like a short story about God’s love for us. The song was a conversation sung by a young child and a man. I remember this verse that seems like what the song tells us; “So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” (1 John 4:16 ESV)

“We March On”

Don Poythress, Kenna Turner West, Lang Scott, Linda Davis

The sound of the country music is very strong at the beginning just like the title. The rhythm is soft but enthusiastic. The song is so easy to follow that I found myself singing with it on the second chorus. It reminded me of the journey of Joshua and the Israelites to the land of milk and honey. Even the lyrics said we march on even if we feel forsaken or weak; we will just march on with God as our faith grows stronger with Him. This song reminds us of the verse when God said, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9 ESV)

“Your Unfailing Love”

Worley Max McKinney, Glenn Warren

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; (Lamentations 3:22 ESV). This verse was sung in the song and explains how much God loves us in small things that He is doing in our life that we do not usually notice. The combination of the sounds of guitar and violin was perfect and relaxing. The song reminds the listeners to give thanks to our Lord for His love for us.

“Come Thou Fount”

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With its slow melody, the song sets an atmosphere of invitation, as if asking God to come or the Holy Spirit to guide you while praying. The sound of the piano is very smooth and relaxing. It is the perfect morning devotion musical accompaniment. As God said in the book of Jeremiah, “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13 ESV) This is a good song to play while seeking God.

“Ain’t No Grave”

David Crowder, Seth Philpott, Hank Bentley

The real sound of country music can be heard in this song with the family’s unified singing. The sound of their clapping hands and and  maracas is invigorating. Ain’t No Grave is a song of praise and victory of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. As it is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:55 ESV)

Positives

The songs are inspired with worship to the Lord over challenges that the family has faced. The lyrics and the sound are original and allow you can easily identify with the Scott family. It is obvious that the songs were written from the heart and from prayers to God. Also, the musical talent of everyone in the family is delightfully apparent.

Negatives

There’s just one song that has almost the same tune in the beginning as one artist in the Philippines. But I think that happens to most artists at some point within the same genre.

Conclusion

The songs on the album are inspired by the family’s personal experiences, so listen and be inspired by a family blessed with great music talent. Hear the love and inspiration of godly strength in the songs of this new album.

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About Ruby Ann Bianca Roxas

Ruby Ann Bianca Roxas has been working in the call center industry in the Philippines since 2006. She started as a Customer Service Associate and has been promoted to the quality team. She is one of the founders and English Proficiency Trainer of the In God’s Grace BPO Training Center that helped high school graduates and college undergraduates to get hired in different call centers in Manila, Philippines. She is also a Sunday teacher for kids who are 10-12 years old in Victory Christian Fellowship that is under Every Nation in The Fort, Taguig City and a small group leader for single professionals. She has two adorable sons namely Icko (13) and Clark Wayne (4).

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