While the name Benjamin William Hastings might not sound familiar to all, Christians around the world have been singing worship songs that he has penned for Hillsong UNITED (“So Will I (100 Billion x)”), Cory Asbury (“The Father’s House”), and Brandon Lake (“Gratitude”) – just to name a few. Now, Hastings releases his debut solo self-titled album tomorrow (November 4). This impressive twenty-five-track album takes its listeners on a journey through Hastings’ heart and mind as he shares raw and honest worship songs.
Although this album has twenty-five songs, it does feature nine interludes, including an intro and an outro song. Uniquely poignant, the introduction song, “Hold On To Your Hats” says, ‘Hold onto your hats, hold onto your hearts. We’re gonna lie in the dirt but we’ll stare at the stars.’ This lyric represents beautifully what Hastings’ songwriting is like and what the listener can expect for the rest of the album. It is raw, honest truths like this one that make Hastings’ writing so memorable.
“Not Even Once” is the sixth track on this album and each lyric is beautifully strung together, it’s hard to pick one to highlight. Essentially, the message of this song is that no matter what, the Lord will never let us down – He never has – not even once.
“Anyway”, which Hastings released earlier this year as a single, offers a timely message of praising God no matter what happens. This song fits in with the overall theme of walking through this journey called life. Hastings offers his listeners hope through the reminder that the Lord is always good, no matter our circumstances.
Benjamin William Hastings’ debut album takes listeners on a journey through the joys and sorrows in life, with worship interwoven through it all. Hastings reminds his listeners that there will be pain and sorrow that we face during this life, but no matter what, God is still in control. Musically, Hastings’ songs are well-written and offer a newer sound to worship music. The lyrical depth to Hastings’ music is what really makes it special. There is something for everyone on this album, even if it’s in one of the shorter interlude songs. Each track has a place on this album and listening to it from start to finish is the true way to see the full picture. Be sure to stream Benjamin William Hastings’ debut album tomorrow (November 4)!