Kari Jobe: “We Serve a Mighty, Majestic God”
Worship artist Kari Jobe (“Revelation Song,” “Healer,” “Steady My Heart”) releases her new project, Majestic on March 25. The album was produced by Jeremy Edwardson (Jesus Culture, Kim Walker-Smith, Bethel Church) and recorded live in Jobe’s hometown of Dallas at the appropriately-titled Majestic Theater. She spoke to Managing Editor DeWayne Hamby about the new project and the state of worship music in general.
What can you tell us about Majestic? How different was it doing a live project?
I’m just excited because I’m a worship leader through and though. To have my own project, top to bottom, is so fun. My favorite thing is to hear people sing the songs with me. You can hear people sing these anthems and you can feel how congregational the songs are. They were hearing them for the first time that night, but they responded. I’ve been dreaming about doing this since I was young.
Who did you collaborate with?
Matt Redman, Chris Tomlin, Reuben Morgan from Hillsong, Paul Baloche. I’m just excited too, because they totally have a heart for the church, of course.
How is your life right now, since the success of Where I Find You?
Just busy. Less seeing family right now and a lot of travel but I love it. It’s a beautiful season for the church and God’s doing some really exciting things. I did the Chris Tomlin tour and Women of Faith tour and to hear what God’s doing globally and people coming to church so hungry. I wouldn’t trade what I’m doing right now for the world. It’s so amazing.
What are some of the songs?
“Forever” is the newest single. It’s such a powerful anthem that says, “forever he is glorified, forever he is lifted high. Our resurrected king has rendered you defeated.” I think it’s a powerful declaration to be singing that out loud. I just love to hear people sing with that much authority, knowing they are getting this revelation of our resurrected king has rendered you defeated. It’s just such a cool moment to lead people in that song. “Majestic” is the whole theme of the album. “Our God is majestic.” We serve the king and he is fighting on our behalf. I want people to capture, to get a revelation, we serve a mighty, majestic God who loves us and is fighting for us. “Lord Over All” is just really strong. The Lord has rescued us and he is literally the Lord over all in our lives.
Will you tour in support of the new record?
Yes, I’m doing a tour called “Majestic” teaming up with Rend Collective and Food for the Hungry. It will be a really strong night of worship. Such a great worship experience and it will be nice for people to have the album to back it up and take it home. At the same time, this project is going to be released as a full DVD as well.
Where do you think worship is as far as popularity?
I just think it’s going to keep getting stronger and more powerful. People are connecting with worship because it changes the atmosphere. There are inspirational songs and we need those songs. But worship songs change the atmosphere. That’s my favorite thing. I love worship. I need my atmosphere’s to change.
Is there anything else you’d like to tell our readers?
Jesus is the best thing that ever happened to me.