High quality music for kids is not always the easiest thing to find. High quality kids’ music, that doesn’t cause parents to twitch involuntarily, and is infused with spiritually nourishing content is an even rarer beast. And as parents who love Jesus and love the Scriptures, we would love more resources to help our children learn some of the Bible.
Enter The Rizers, a musical project based out of Seattle, WA. The Rizers (www.therizers.com) is the brain-child of Tyson Paoletti (a Tooth & Nail Records manager) and Greg Lutze (songwriter/freelance designer), who have done something practical to help them worship with their own children, and memorize scripture with them at the same time. In fact, the name of the band is short for “Memorizers”. Each song (other than the opening track which is The Rizers’ theme tune) takes a specific scripture, applies a mermorable melody, and delivers it up on the back of dance-pop-rock music that will get children engaged quickly, and in the long term provide them with Biblical references to help them in life and integrate truth into their day.
My two and a half year old son is already asking to hear this CD frequently, and as a result I’ve found myself not only learning the songs but then having an opportunity to use those same scriptures in conversation with people later in the week! Plus the high-energy of the tracks means we get a good work-out as we dance around worshiping Jesus.
In terms of resources for children’s worship sets, and for times of family worship, this album is a must buy. The songs can be quickly learned on guitar (most of them using 4-chords) so they can be replicated in small worship gatherings, and the creators of this project have special multi-pack pricing on the album if you visit their online store (http://therizers.bigcartel.com).
For more information, and access to a 4-track EP taken from the album, visit http://theresurgence.com/meet_the_rizers
A review copy was provided to me at no charge by the publisher. No attempt was made to gain a favorable review, and all opinions and recommendations expressed are the author’s own.