Shari has always been inspired by her own personal experience of God’s refining work, and her music praises God for His faithfulness towards His children in the consistent building and strengthening of foundations made in him by setting us free from false beliefs, restoring us to our heavenly heritage, and pulling us closer into complete freedom.
The tune “He Took It Away” is a soulful and uplifting masterpiece that recognizes how God, through his only begotten son, Jesus Christ, took all our sins away by dying on the cross so that we may lead a life devoid of our past sins, including those of our forefathers…show me a greater sacrifice that has ever been made…I’ll wait!
Featuring hip hop artist Emcee N.I.C.E. “He Took It Away” actually has 5 versions; the original version, the acoustic version, the Afrobeats version, the street version, and an extended version. Through the fervently detailed lyrics, the beautifully haunting and soulful vocal presentation by Shari, and the thought-inspiring rap delivery by Emcee N.I.C.E., “He Took It Away” presents the consistent and powerful truth of Jesus Christ the Savior and God’s never-ending grace.
The original version has a nice soul and hip-hop ring to it. Shari’s effortlessly powerful vocals lusciously slink over the warm, lush, and nostalgic melodies as she sings from the heart about the wonders of God and His ever-lasting glory, divine holiness, and the depth of His goodness to sacrifice his only son so that we may live a life free of sin.
Emcee N.I.C.E. is cool, calm, and collected, delivering a poetic-fueled rap masterpiece that perfectly fits the track’s narrative of praising God for his everlasting love, grace and mercy. His first-rate lyrical delivery affirms the truth that even though there is so much going on in the world today that has tested each one of us in various ways; we’ve already overcome with Christ because he has already done it!
The street version is a bit more vibrant and has been given that edge of underground hip hop, with both of their performances floating nicely over the buoyant beats that inspire a listener to dance along like no one’s watching!
The acoustic version, as you can probably guess, is brimming with a candid acoustic guitar that is mellow and allows the vocal performances and phrasing to flourish more. If for some reason you hadn’t quite connected with the lyrics, this acoustic version offers the chance for you to deeply connect with the inspirational lyrics as you sing along with an impassioned tone.
The afrobeats version exudes that “feel-good” vibe from the performance and also offers the chance for the listener to dance along as they sing along to the now familiar and easily quotable lyrics.
The Extended Version takes us through the entire Original Version, and to wrap things up, Shari delivers a poetic affirmation; more like she is talk-singing. You most probably have experienced this in your church when, right before the praise session ends, the pastor or lead singer takes the tune to a climaxing end…sucking everyone into a stupor as he talks or softly sings over dulcet harmonies. This is the case with this version.
Enjoy these spiritful versions and experience depths of worship, fellowship, unstoppable testimonies, and victories.
To ensure that “He Took It Away” becomes part of your daily listening experience; follow the attached link and add all these versions, or the one you like the most, to your playlist…and be blessed while at it!