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The Last Worship Song You'll Ever Need to Hear

Seattle, WA - November 8, 2021

Jason at Sound in Worship recently had the privilege of sitting down with an artist known as Unsound. We arranged this interview because of his ever popular new song called "I Gotta Praise You". The song has been touted as "all the best modern worship songs in one" and this piqued our interest.

We hope you enjoy and are edified!

Interview

So, you go by Unsound, is there a reason you chose that name? Yeah, I just really liked the sound of it. Ah, I see. Well it seems that a lot of people know you for your song, "I Gotta Praise You". I was just listening to it on the way in. Right!? That's awesome. Yeah, a lot of folks know me for that song. It's a song that just means so much to me. It took me months to finish those lyrics, but it was so worth the effort. It reminded me of several songs that I had heard before, but I couldn't put my finger on exactly which ones. Absolutely. Yeah, I was definitely inspired by many artists that create worship music. I could see that for sure. So, could you take me through the lyrics? How about going through the first verse which says: I wanna see breakthrough
You have never let me down
I wanna see freedom
Oh break my chains right now
This first verse is really meaningful to me. I just wanted to set the tone of seeking breakthrough, freedom, and chains being broken in our lives as soon as possible. I feel like it's something we need to focus on in worship. Any particular inspiration in that verse? I think I pulled from about 60 or 70 songs in the worship music world. I have a "Breakthrough" playlist of about that many songs and I just let it roll and started writing. I feel like I'm always trying to break through something. Hmmm. Alright. Now, the bridge is what follows next. The atmosphere
Is oh so clear
You’re welcome here
Break that through, I mean, down for us. I just saw it as a time of just welcoming into the atmosphere. I'm declaring it as clear and fillable. I want the atmosphere to be filled. Right, um… Okay, the chorus is: I’m caught in the storm
(But) I’m outta that grave
I’ll conquer the fear
For you make me brave
Beauty from ashes
I rise for the win
I gotta praise you
Where do I begin?
I feel like I hit on many facets of what's important in worship today. Before you ask, I was inspired by my "Victory" playlist that has about 190 songs in it. It's so motivating! What would you say it motivates you to do? Honestly, life is all about conquering those temporary battles. I'm always so filled with fear so I needed to write something about being brave and overcoming it. And the line "beauty from ashes, I rise for the win". What did you mean there? The Phoenix, man. I love to identify with the Phoenix in how it rises from the ashes. I know it's more of a Greek mythology term, but I feel it's something worth proclaiming together with the body. That's… inspiring… I guess?
So, verse 2:
Bring life to my journey
Like dry bones that were dead
I’m deep in the battle
With waves over my head
I wanted to speak to the person that just feels like they've been called out into deep waters. The person who needs their dry bones brought back to life again. Do you know what I mean? I'm not sure that I do. That does sound familiar though. Anyways, you hit the bridge and chorus a couple more times, and then there's this chant: Giants will fall, just like the walls Yes, I feel like this chant is so practical. We all have giants and walls in our lives. We need them both to fall constantly. I can't think of a time in my life where I wasn't facing a giant or a wall. When they fall, we're free until the next set of giants and walls. So, it's good that we can come and proclaim this song weekly. Now I found this section interesting in the lyrics. You have a space carved out and it's labeled as "Spontaneous". Yes! I feel like it's always great to plan out a time to be spontaneous. Well, Merriam-Webster defines "spontaneous" as:
"Done or said in a natural and often sudden way and without a lot of thought or planning.
Or:
"Doing things that have not been planned but that seem enjoyable and worth doing at a particular time."
Do you mean "spontaneous" in the same way?
Sounds about right to me, and I know most groups are ensuring there's a spontaneous spot in each song nowadays. It's honestly my favorite part of each song. Fair enough. Well the song ends with a good bit of bridges and the chorus a couple of times. I had heard one critic say that it really encompasses every top CCLI song of today. Was that the goal? I think it was sort of the goal. I tried my best to incorporate every major theme that we in CCM have been singing for the last 20 years or so and I think I had success in that. Being that it pretty much covers every worship song written in the last two decades, is there any reason that more songs with these themes should be written? Well… now that you put it that way… I can't think of a reason that another worship song would be written. Really? That's a pretty stunning claim to make. I mean, I guess if anything we could start shifting to singing about the gospel, the mercy we've received, God's glorious attributes such as His holiness and justness, repentance, atonement, justification, sanctification, His church, mentioning Jesus' name without claiming health and wealth, perseverance, and I'm sure there are other topics. It's an idea for sure… Unsound, it's been… Thank you for your time today. Anytime, Jason.

Official Lyrics

"I Gotta Praise You"

V1:
I wanna see breakthrough
You have never let me down
I wanna see freedom
Oh break my chains right now

Bridge:
The atmosphere
Is oh so clear
You’re welcome here
[2x]

Chorus:
I’m caught in the storm
(But) I’m outta that grave
I’ll conquer the fear
For you make me brave
Beauty from ashes
I rise for the win
I gotta praise you
Where do I begin?

V2:
Bring life to my journey
Like dry bones that were dead
I’m deep in the battle
With waves over my head

Bridge [2x]


Chorus [2x]


Special Chant:
Giants will fall, just like the walls
[8x]

[Spontaneous]


Bridge [8x]


Chorus [2x]


Bridge [2x] (softly)

I hope you enjoyed the interview! If you'd like to hear songs that are nothing like the one in question today, visit our playlists page.


Satirically yours,



Justin at Sound in Worship




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