CompassionArt (album)

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Studio album by CompassionArt
Released 24 November 2008 (UK), January 27, 2009 (US)
Recorded 2008
Genre Modern Worship
Label Survivor
Producer Les Moir

CompassionArt is a studio album by the songwriters' charity of the same name.[1] It features the entire CompassionArt song writing team, Paul Baloche, Chris Tomlin, Tim Hughes, Matt Redman, Darlene Zschech, Israel Houghton, Michael W. Smith, Graham Kendrick, Andy Park, Steven Curtis Chapman, Stu Garrard and charity co-founder Martin Smith,[2][3] along with several other collaborators. All proceeds from the recording will directly benefit charities of the song writers' choosing.


Delirious? singer Martin Smith founded the CompassionArt charity with his wife, Anna Smith, after being moved by the poverty suffered by people in many of the countries he had visited on tour. The final Delirious? album Kingdom of Comfort was heavily influenced by these experiences. In early 2008, he invited the newly formed CompassionArt team, made up of CCM artists from around the world, to Scotland for a writing retreat. During this time the group wrote twenty two songs, fourteen of which made their way onto the album. All the artists attended the retreat apart from Chris Tomlin, who was unwell.


The majority of the album was recorded around February 2008 at Abbey Road studios in London. Chris Tomlin joined the writing team, along with additional contributors Amy Grant, Kirk Franklin, tobyMac, CeCe Winans, Ana Paula Valadão, Leeland Mooring, Joel Houston and Christy Nockels. A couple of musicians were unable to travel to the United Kingdom for the recording, although their contributions were recorded in other studios around the world. Martin Smith also travelled to Uganda in order to visit the Watoto Children's Choir and record their contribution to the album. One of the songs which was recorded was "Fill My Cup." This had previously been written by Delirious? as a potential song for inclusion on Kingdom Of Comfort, although it was never released.


In April 2008, "So Great" was released internationally on iTunes as a single. It was also performed live at that year's Dove Awards by Michael W. Smith, Israel Houghton, Paul Baloche, Chris Tomlin and Christy Nockels. The song was also included on the compilation album WOW Hits 1.

"King of Wonders" was released to Christian radio in November 2008.


The album was released internationally in November 2008, although release was delayed until January 2009 in North America to avoid clashing with new albums from Michael W. Smith and Chris Tomlin. The album also includes a documentary DVD, and was released alongside a book, The Art of Compassion, written by the song writing team.[4]

Some of the songs were available for free download, although a donation was requested.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Paul Baloche, Steven Curtis Chapman, Stu Garrard, Israel Houghton, Tim Hughes, Graham Kendrick, Andy Park, Matt Redman, Martin Smith, Michael W. Smith, Chris Tomlin and Darlene Zschech

Album release
No. Title Artist(s) Length
1. "Come to the Water"   Chris Tomlin, Martin Smith, Kirk Franklin & Watoto Children's Choir 4:05
2. "Shout Praise"   Israel Houghton, tobyMac, Ana Paula Valadão & Darlene Zschech 3:10
3. "King of Wonders"   Matt Redman, Tim Hughes & Joel Houston 4:41
4. "Lead Me to the Rock"   Paul Baloche & Lakewood Choir 4:51
5. "We Won't Stay Silent"   Steven Curtis Chapman & Tim Hughes 3:13
6. "Highly Favoured"   Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith & Watoto Children's Choir 4:27
7. "Fill My Cup"   Martin Smith, CeCe Winans & Lakewood Choir 4:57
8. "Friend of the Poor"   Leeland Mooring & Andy Park 5:09
9. "King of the Broken"   Darlene Zschech, Israel Houghton, Leeland Mooring & Lakewood Choir 6:04
10. "You Have Shown Us"   Chris Tomlin, Paul Baloche & Steven Curtis Chapman 4:24
11. "Until the Day"   Darlene Zschech & Graham Kendrick 3:41
12. "Let It Glow"   tobyMac & Kirk Franklin 2:15
13. "So Great"   Michael W. Smith, Israel Houghton, Christy Nockels & Lakewood Choir 5:18
14. "There Is Always a Song"   Martin Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman & Watoto Children's Choir 3:40
15. "There Is Always a Song" (reprise) Watoto Children's Choir 1:48


In 2010, the album was nominated for a Dove Award for Special Event Album of the Year at the 41st GMA Dove Awards.[6]


  1. ^ "CompassionArt Purashop".  Album Details
  2. ^ Christa Banister, No Egos Required, Christianity Today, 3 March 2008
  3. ^ "CompassionArt".  Writing Team
  4. ^, 31 December 2008. Retrieved 2010-06-01
  5. ^ Michael W. Smith, others lend voices to charity, Associated Press / Fox News, 16 December 2008
  6. ^ 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards nominees announced on The Tennessean (February 18, 2010)