Rebekah Maddux El Hakam: Radiant You - Review, All About Worship
By Barry Westman on May 06, 2013
Rebekah Maddux El-Hakam is a worship leader, singer and songwriter from Houston, TX. Her album, Radiant You, was released in September of 2012, and features 10 original songs and one hymn arrangement of “Be Thou My Vision”. The album was produced by Marshall Altman (Audrey Assad, Brooke Fraser, Josh Wilson), and contains a nice mix of worship anthems, simple praise songs and heartfelt ballads.
Maddux El-Hakam’s album has garnered some attention, featured as the “New Artist to Watch” on NewReleaseTuesday for November 2012, and part of the top 25 most-funded indie projects on Kickstarter to date.
Radiant You showcases Rebekah’s unique vocal sound and talent for songwriting. Her songwriting journey began as she was preparing for leading worship from week to week. Eventually these new melodies formed into worship songs that she uses in her role as worship leader at *St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Houston, TX.
*note* November, 2014- Rebekah is the Worship Pastor at Church of the Apostles Houston.
Ray of Light | Posted November 13, 2012 Staff Reviewer, New Release Tuesday
Add Houston-based songwriter, worship leader, and mother of four Rebekah Maddux El-Hakam to the growing list of independent artists using Kickstarter to gather the support of friends and listeners in order to record their music.
For her debut album, Radiant You, Rebekah worked with Marshall Altman who recently produced two records for Audrey Assad. Together, Rebekah and Altman have created a dazzling, remarkable record with a wonderful purity of heart.
The album opens with "Give Thanks to the Lord," a song based on Psalm 118. Joyful and uplifting, it's the perfect place from which to begin a worship project. Rebekah sings: "Let us rejoice and be glad!" And that's just what she will do for the duration of this record.
On "The Glory of It All," Rebekah's voice takes center stage as she passionately vocalizes her choice to follow Jesus and dedicate her life to Him. The music has the right amount of heft and mood to convey the glory and majesty of God. I particularly like the drum work that sounds like a military march or battle hymn.
Rebekah Maddux El-Hakam – Radiant You (Review)
Joshua Andre — December 24, 2012
As 2012 draws to a close and 2013 comes upon us, let me draw your attention to an album I received in September, but had not had the opportunity to listen to until now. Independent artist Rebekah Maddux El-Hakam has released her debut album Radiant You in September, and her first effort is quite remarkable. With Rebekah’s pristine and powerful vocals reminding me of Natalie Grant, Jenny Simmons of Addison Road, and Nichole Nordeman; we are met with 11 honest and beautifully crafted melodies with rich lyrics describing the faithfulness and unending love of our Saviour Jesus Christ. Produced by Marshall Altman, who previously worked with Brooke Fraser, Audrey Assad and Josh Wilson; Rebekah’s debut is one to savour and her piano focused pieces are sure to win over the hearts of many, with the lead single “The Glory Of It All” a vertical worship song to Jesus sung with so much emotion! I’d imagine in the near future, this song would make its way to big radio stations like K-Love or Air1. Well done Rebekah for a thought provoking debut- it’s clear that you are a star in the making!
Nov 20, 2012 CD Reviews
Alpha Omega News
Grade – B+
Rebekah has been growing on me over time; in the right circumstances and environment the soaring pop vocals give your spirit a lift. “The Glory of It All” leads off the compilation with a contemporary worship style that is very sing-able. The chorus is elevating and together with the pop-infused stanzas makes the song suitable for corporate worship.
“Give Thanks to the Lord” is a new and exciting twist on a classic. It continues to highlight the upbeat nature of Revekah’s vocals. The tender side of her vocals comes out in the emotive “Promises,” a heart touching psalm-like cry to the Lord – standing firm on His promises. Very similar is the piano led “Only In You.” Another impassioned and intimate prayer put to music.