William McDowell recently released his sophomore project entitled “Arise”. With his first album “As We Worship” having been so well accepted it, creating an anthem that churches around the world sing in worship, it would be normal to feel a bit of pressure releasing its follow-up but this isn’t McDowell’s mindset.
His new project has helped him embrace the creative, centered spiritual side of being a leader of song.
“I refuse to allow pressure to enter into the equation because I don’t write music for people. Worship is for God, so ultimately I want Him to receive worship and for Him to be pleased.”So my prayer, it becomes the words of Psalm 19:14 which are ‘Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, O LORD my strength, and my redeemer.’ ““The truth is, God is the audience of worship and He is the reward of worship. Ultimately if He is not pleased and the people like it, it doesn’t matter. So ultimately there was no pressure because the first time I didn’t think I was writing a hit, I was writing for God and this time I wasn’t trying to write anything that I thought would be a hit. I was also just writing for God.”“So, no pressure…”