Scott Howard is a singer and songwriter from Fort Lauderdale in Florida. Music played a big role in his childhood as his mother was an opera singer and he was a stagehand. His musical journey is closely bound with his spiritual journey as he decided to use his songwriting as a force for good after the tragic loss of his son, Maxx.
His inspirational songs have already reached many, with his debut album, Ascended Man, accumulating 6.4 million streams. And, a total of 10 million streams of all of his songs combined. He uses a special kind of instrument tuning, 432hz, which is regarded by some as the frequency of the universe and therefore has a spiritually uplifting effect on the listener. He followed this up in 2020 with his four track EP, The Language of Clouds To which I gave a highly favorable review (read here).
This latest release is a recorded concert performance called World Ascension Tour (A Lightworker’s Journey) – Live at Village Studios in 432 HZ. It starts out with the superb title track from his debut album, Ascended Man. The sheer quality of the musicians that back up Scott is immediately apparent, providing a note perfect rendition of one of his best-known songs.
Scott’s distinctive voice, reminiscent of the legendary Cat Stevens, are very powerful in this musical context. The visual aspect of a concert performance certainly does allow a deeper connection with the music and Scott as an artist.
All Scott’s music has a vibrant, spiritual quality and this truly shines in a live context, especially with his use of 432 HZ tuning which results in a crystalline, pure sound. Interspersed with the songs are short interview clips which add emotional resonance. After the strong opening song, Illusions of Life follows.
This is also from his debut album and starts with a powerful synth intro. The lyrics capture the poetic, philosophical style that Scott has made his own, a blend of the mystical with ‘down to earth’ life wisdom borne of real experiences. After this contemplative track on the timeless “prodigal son” theme and life’s lessons learnt, the opening song from his debut is next, Come with Me.
With its ascending chord progression and hugely anthemic chorus, it’s one of Scott’s most instantly memorable songs and is well placed here. The way it builds up and rocks out at the end is very effective, the musicians really letting loose. Next comes a track from his short album, The Language of Clouds. Dreamer is one of his finest songs, the folky Cat Stevens influences fused with a harder hitting rock element, featuring some great bursts of electric guitar.
Through My Eyes returns to his first album and starts out in 6/8. It’s a particularly moving song as it’s about his son Maxx, who was sadly taken at a young age. But the strong belief that we are spiritual beings pervades Scott’s music and could be considered his essential message. It flips into a harder hitting section halfway through which nails the “seize the day”, life affirming vibe.
Written in the Clouds follows next, from his most recent album The Language of Clouds. It’s perhaps his most anthemic song, with an almost Springsteen-type grandeur and one which must be a fan favorite. It’s about finding your own way in life and facing up to your fate. This is then contrasted by the tender balladry of Life’s Not Easy, a finely crafted song augmented by heart tugging strings then propelled into action towards the end with thunderous toms.
Next is the magical Awaken, enriched by the enchanting sound of twelve string guitar. The finger picked style shows his folk roots and it’s another song of spiritual hidden depths from the Ascended Man album. We then return to his latest album with the truly romantic ballad The Queen of Hearts. This one is a poignant song about destiny and one day being brought together with your soulmate. This live rendition captures all the deep feeling of the album version, leaving the listener on an emotional high by the end.
The culmination of this concert, the grand finale, is the last track from Ascended Man, the superb Source (Shine A Light). With its rich, overdriven organ and fantastic guitar work, it’s reminiscent of great 70’s rock and lyrically captures Scott at his most utopian in his vision. The anthemic refrain “We are source…we are love” is his essential message to spiritually awaken us all and it’s the perfect end to this live performance.
Overall, World Ascension Tour (A Lightworker’s Journey) – Live at Village Studios in 432 HZ is a fantastic concert performance from Scott Howard and his talented bunch of musical cohorts. Scott’s genuinely uplifting music truly soars in a live setting, breathing fresh life into the music and acting as the perfect introduction to his highly spiritual and altruistic work. Blending some of the finest moments from his first two albums, it will undoubtedly delight his existing fans and win him a whole lot more.
VERDICT = 9.3 out of 10
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