Wendell Kimbrough is a songwriter and worship leader in southern Alabama who believes church music should simply be good music that forms us as we sing it together. Drawing on the sounds of American folk and soul music, Wendell writes scripturally-rich songs with singable, memorable melodies. His music has been embraced by a growing number of churches, young and old, large groups and small, contemporary praise bands and traditional choirs.
As a child growing up in rural Southern towns, Wendell Kimbrough often noticed how uncomfortable his fellow churchgoers could be while singing a hymn. Yet every now and then, everything lined up just right. Even with simple instrumentation and a humble congregation, a hymn could soar to life beautifully. At home he listened to Simon and Garfunkel and James Taylor, Randy Newman and Motown and asked himself, “Why can’t church music sound more like the music I love?”
Today, Wendell is a songwriter whose music answers that question.
With over a decade of leading worship and writing music in a variety of settings, Wendell currently serves an artist-in-residence at a small church in Alabama. His dual role as worship leader and songwriter allows him to experiment and create music that helps his congregation live out the story of Scripture.
Wendell believes church music should simply be good music that forms us as we sing it together. Drawing on the styles of American folk and gospel, Wendell weaves together the truth of God, emotionally honest lyrics, and singable melodies. The songs are designed to come to life anywhere the people of God gather to sing together—heartily embraced by young and old, large groups and small, praise bands and choirs.
His newest album, Psalms We Sing Together, provides a collection of congregational songs that invite a powerful encounter with the psalms. The album emerged from a liturgical practice at his church in Alabama. Each week, Wendell creates a refrain for the congregation to sing in a form of call-and-response during the weekly psalm reading. This regular discipline of meditation—for the congregation and for Wendell himself—yielded an immense collection of music, emerging from a single congregation pressing into the wild, enormous, real-life experience of worship that we find in the psalms.
In Psalms We Sing Together, Wendell translates for the modern Church this breadth of emotion, powerful imagery and prayerful posture that the psalms provide. He invites churches to experience the way God is particularly near to his people in worship:
With Psalms We Sing Together, Wendell Kimbrough invites congregations of all shapes and sizes to encounter this fresh, rich experience of worship.