Breaking tradition, Redman, known for penning top worship songs such as “The Heart of Worship,” “Better Is One Day” and “Let My Words Be Few,” chose to record Facedown live in concert in order to capture the raw passion of live praise.
In stores now, Facedown was recorded live at a three-day conference called Facedown: A Gathering for Songwriters, at a community church in Alpharetta, Georgia, far from British-born Redman’s home base.
“You can convey something on a live album that you can’t always convey in a studio,” he explains. “There’s something about the people of God singing the praises of God in the presence of God. If you can capture that on a live recording, it’s a dynamic you won’t find anywhere else on the face of the earth outside of the church.”
Also unique to the recording of Facedown are musical guests Nathan and Christy Nockels (Watermark), who perform on keys/guitars and backing vocals respectively, along with John Ellis (Tree63) on guitar and Terl Bryant (Iona) on drums. Chris Tomlin sings on “Worthy, You Are Worthy.”
Facedown's title track led to one of the recording’s most special moments, because of what the listener doesn’t hear.
“It is one of the songs on which you hear everyone singing the least,” Redman explains, “because everyone had fallen down on their faces, bowing down on the ground in a spontaneous moment of worship. They weren’t lifting their voices up toward the microphones because they were on their knees, facedown. That’s a great reason to not be hearing people sing!”