Award-winning worship band The City Harmonic comes full circle with its
first live album, Benediction Live: Worship from Churches Working Together
in Canada. The 14-track album was recorded April 29, 2017 in the town where
it all started for the band, Hamilton, Ontario, and celebrates the songs
and unifying worship movement that became a soundtrack for worshippers
around the globe.
From a crucible of small churches of various denominations in Hamilton
calling themselves TrueCity, the heart and line-up of The City Harmonic was
fused through the sweat, joy and tears of urban mission. Grappling with the
struggle of everyday people and writing songs for worship fueled by a
"together for the good of the city" ethos, The City Harmonic returned to
its roots to record its fourth and final album, Benediction Live, meant to
be both a blessing and a sending,
not an end.
"A benediction isn't a goodbye--It's a blessing, a 'sending.' At the end of
every worship service, a pastor will often say something that's known as a
Benediction. It's not a parting thought, it's a way of sending us out into
the world to be the church -- the hands and feet of Jesus to a hurting
world," says The City Harmonic's Elias Dummer (lead vocals, keys). "Even as
we gathered with so many friends and family the night that we recorded
Benediction Live, there was this incredible sense of the vitality of the
work of Christ. Why? Because hundreds of students had been out getting
their hands dirty in mission all day!" continues Elias. "These weren't just
songs we sang, these were declarations of what God had been doing through
us all day. That's what this whole thing is about!"
In addition to their new song "Honestly," Benediction Live also includes
The City Harmonic's "Manifesto," "Praise The Lord," "Holy (Wedding Day),"
"Mountaintop," "A City On A Hill," "I Am" and more of the band's best-loved
modern worship anthems of longing, hope and celebration.
Praise the Lord
A City On A Hill
What I Want
Let There Be Light