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“Seasoned praise and worship leader Luke James, takes his music cues from the likes of Johnny Lang and John Mark McMillan, but he has an unmistakable sound, all his own. As a child Luke grew up attending church. He was taught from an early age that God is our only hope and salvation in life, but it wouldn’t be until after he had been through some dark places in his life that these words would become real to him. He explains, “That foundation has proved crucial in my life. Even during my late teens and early twenties during my ‘experimental phase’, when I didn’t always make the right decisions; I still knew what the right decision was and I never drifted so far that I didn’t know how to get back.” It is evident in his songs that his foundation in Christ is sure.”

“Luke James has a great new album for Christian Rock music fans who like good singing, great lyrics, and awesome music production. His latest EP, Rise From Ruin, is a solid release and is not what you'd expect from an independent Christian artist.”

“Luke J ames dreamed of recording an album for a long time. "It's something I've wanted to do a long time" James, of Monroe, said. A jot of different things prevented it until now." Now, Jam s, a worship leader at Emmanuel Praise Worship Center, has finally issued hi debut CD "Rise from Ruin," the firs of what he hopes to be a long Iine of Christian worship music. "It's been a long time coming," James said. "I believe this is what. I was called to do. It just took whil to get her ." Influenced by bands such as Third Day and blu s standards,. ames wrote 11 original songs for the CD, a]] with what he calls a "decidedly rock-blues feel." With connections forged through his time at the church, ,lame began recording at a studio in Good Hope with help from industry veterans on instruments. "We started r >cording last October," James said. "Once we had the musicians there, it fell together so naturalJy. It just felt great." ”

STEPHEN MILLIGAN - Walton Tribune