Tommy Faulk is a worship leader and songwriter from Louisiana and has been involved in worship ministries since he 12 years old. Faulk released his first album back in 2010 and a single in 2016, but is returning this year with a new EP entitled Come What May. Faulk's new EP carries a familiar modern worship vibe, but also relies a little more on pop/rock sounds than your average CCM worship act. This distinction gives songs like the title track a very wonderful driving sound with slightly more aggressive guitars. With that being said, "Come What May" is a fantastic opening song that proclaims, "You're the strength for each step that I make; the Giver of each breath that I take. So I'll do what You ask; trust what You say. Come what may." While it starts off in a more mild-mannered tone, the music picks up nicely. This album favorite leads right into the acoustic based (with electric highlights) "Answer;" a song that declares that God has the answers to the difficult questions in our lives. "The Meaning" begins with a more atmospheric and airy sound, but slowly builds with palm-muted guitars, then open and overdriven guitars, and even includes a small melodic solo. "Powerful," the 2016 single, is another upbeat number that also features some synths/keyboards that tame some of the distorted guitars presented in the opening and closing sections. The EP comes to a close with "Your Glory," a song most closely resembling "Answer" in style. The EP closer is another delightful listen and great way to finish out.
Tommy Faulk has put together a superb sounding EP from front to back. The music is engaging and catchy, the vocals are very fitting to the sound, and the lyrics are from a viewpoint of personal worship -- and are thankfully not riddled with the normal clichés often heard in worship songs. The production on Come What May is also top notch. Each instrument is clearly heard and recorded extraordinarily well. Best of all, the music is presented organically and is not overproduced. While not necessarily the most innovative sound in recently memory, you really couldn't ask for a lot more when it comes to worship music. This batch of five songs on Come What May is a fresh sound that could have you worshipping alone, or along with a congregation. Worship music fans should certainly give Tommy Faulk a listen.
- Review date: 2/20/18, written by Michael Weaver of Jesusfreakhideout.com
Record Label: None
Album length: 5 tracks: 24 minutes, 33 seconds
Street Date: January 26, 2018
Buy It: iTunes
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- Come What May (4:45)
- Answer (4:10)
- The Meaning (4:57)
- Powerful (4:55)
- Your Glory (5:46)
Jesus Freak Hideout (Michael Weaver): Your bio said that you've been involved in the worship ministry since you were 12. What artists and/or worship leaders have helped to mold you into who you are today?
Tommy Faulk: Some artists that have helped shape who I am today are Steven Curtis Chapman, Keith Green, Mat Kearney, Warren Barfield, Michael Card, Twila Paris, Fred Hammond and even the earlier crew when he was with Commissioned, Michael W. Smith, Mutemath, Leeland… to name a few. Worshipers and worship leaders who've inspired and help mold me are Jared Anderson, Clayton Brooks, Cory Asbury, Brian Johnson and the Bethel crew, Chris McClarney, Henry Seeley, Dustin Smith, Danny Chambers, Lincoln Brewster, Darlene Zschech, Reuben Morgan, Marty Sampson, Joel Houston, Brooke Fraser… let's just say Hillsong :-) I've been blessed to have such a rich pool of inspiration over the years.
JFH (Michael): Since you started in this ministry at such a young age, when did you pick up, or learn to play, your first instrument?
Tommy: I played a little brass (baritone and trumpet) in my junior high school band for a couple years… but didn't stick with it :-) Picking up the guitar was something I didn't do until I was in college. I had wanted to learn it for years but finally just made myself do it and asked God to help me learn. I'm so grateful I did.
JFH (Michael): I love the rhythm and strumming pattern in "Come What May" -- especially in the chorus. Can you talk about the writing process for that song and the inspiration behind the music?
Tommy: The track "Come What May" was birthed out of a time that God was challenging me with the account of the Exodus. It took great faith for the children of Israel to leave Egypt and head into the desert… but it was just the beginning. There were many more moments where they had to trust in God's goodness to see them through each trial… sometimes they were successful and others they were not. My wife and I, as a family, stepped into a new time and season of faith to make this project. We knew it was big but also felt God reminding us there would be moments where our faith would be tested and we'd have to continue to trust Him… no matter what. I actually wrote the song in one afternoon; it was one of those moments where I KNEW God was basically GIVING me the song to me.
JFH (Michael): Are you leading worship full-time at a church right now, or are you more focused on the musical side of things (writing and recording)?
Recording it in studio was a blast. The crew working on the EP: Jake Hamilton (producer with resurgent sound), Dustin Lau (keys/composer with musicbed), Seth Thomas (drums/bethel), Scotty Mills (electric guitar/colony house) and myself were collaborating on melodies to go with the basic musical structure I had made. The rhythm and vibe were created in the studio collectively and it was so much fun to let that process produce such a fun yet driving and powerful feel to what God had given to me.
Tommy: I do lead worship at a church currently and I have had the privilege of being involved in worship for many years. With the release of this project, however, I am looking to the musical side of writing and recording to have a much greater role in my life.
JFH (Michael): Do you have any tips you could suggest to a younger worship leader looking to start their ministry?
Tommy: To younger worship leaders, I would say, without hesitation, to learn to love the process and to honor those you have the privilege to lead.
Many times, over the years, I fought to "get somewhere" in any given stage of life, and didn't always pay attention to what I was supposed to be learning along the way. Jesus has so much to teach us in our here and now. And when we step on that "worship stage," whatever the size or wherever the location, we are there to help OTHERS go somewhere in Jesus WITH us… not to simply do the songs and styles that only speak to our heart and spirit but to help lead a group of people in WORSHIP to the King of all Kings… and again, to go somewhere TOGETHER.
JFH (Michael): What are your hopes that God will do through the release of Come What May?
Tommy: My hope for Come What May is to impact people; believers and non-believers alike, and cause them to engage with God through these songs. I pray the message and the heart behind the music extends beyond what I could possibly imagine. I hope we realize and remember God is powerful and He CAN be trusted, no matter what… and when we lock into that realization, we will purposefully praise and live for Him... with a focus that cannot be shaken or deterred.