Carlos Whittaker is not only a worship leader; he’s a songwriter, artist and blogger who just came out with a new album that’s sure to please and inspire.
However, he is also a devoted husband, father to two daughters and his adopted son from Korea. Whittaker is a huge advocate for adoption and made the news when a video he took of his family singing in the car went viral.
Whittaker was in the car with his family when Beyonce’s song Single Ladies came on the radio. When his two daughters started to perform the signature Single Ladies dance, his son Losiah jumped in on the fun. Afterward, Whittaker explained to Losiah that he in fact, wasn’t a single lady, Losiah began to cry. The video went viral because of the reaction of the Losiah’s crushed spirit. Click here to watch the video for yourself.
While the viral video did draw attention to Whittaker, his family and his advocacy for adoption; this was just a small portion of who Carlos Whittaker is. Whittaker has a huge following in the Christian community and the release of his first album, Ragamuffin Soul, came out with positive reviews and a request for more.
Whittaker released his latest album entitled, Fight, in April 2013. Fight is a collaboration with songwriter and producer, Jason Ingram, and features 10 tracks.
On Whittaker’s facebook page, he talks about the premise of the album.
“Last year was hell,” he stated. “I was struggling in my marriage, I was struggling financially, I was struggling in my faith and I was losing it all. This is it, I thought. This is what it looks like to have to fight for your life…and as I looked around and saw so many others in the same position. Some friends of mine are in the fight of their lives for their careers, for their marriages, for their kids. I know of parents with ten year old’s looking at porn. How did we even get here? And is there really any way out of here without a fight?”
The album features tracks mixed with acoustics and even techno beats. While there are some decidedly upbeat tracks, there seems to be a happy medium between what might be deemed slow and what features a faster tempo.
However, there is a constant in each song and that is the inspirational words that really tell the story of what it means to fight for what you believe in and hold true in your own lives. We Lead Worship describe it as, “The entire album echoes lyrics depicting a God who fights for us on a daily basis.”
The choruses on many of the songs lend themselves to be used in church services because of not only the messages they convey, but because of how easily they can be sung along to. Songs like “Don’t Give Up and You Made A Way” offer a feeling of motivation while uplifting the spirit into the Christian faith.
Many of the tracks lend themselves to radio appeal because of the more modern take on Christian-based songs that can sometimes feel gloomy. However, the stylized take on the songs don’t take away from the clear messages in the lyrics or its ability to be used in a church service.
The album would make a great gift for a family member, friend or coworker. The album would also be a great purchase for churches looking to integrate new music into the singing portion of services. The choruses offer ease in singing along, with lyrics that can easily transfer into a coordinating sermon.
While many people turn to devotionals and Scripture for motivation in their faith, it’s important not to overlook the power of music.
Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. —Psalms 100:1-2