UK worship leader and artist, Noel Robinson, has a strong passion for global revival, and travels extensively, leading and teaching principles of worship in the 21st century Church. His new song, ‘You Are Unrivalled’, was written in response to the global shaking and uncertainty that became the narrative of the upheavals during the pandemic.
Like many, the silent question in Noel’s heart these past 18 months has been: ‘Where is God in all of this?’ and God answered Noel’s question with the song, ‘You Are Unrivalled’ – an anthem that powerfully declares the sovereignty of Jesus. The theme of Jesus as being unrivalled brings alive the thought and truth that He is above all things, even in this season of uncertainty.
Akosua DF (ADF): What are your aspirations for this new single?
Noel Robinson (NR): My primary aspiration for the single is that it will challenge people to look up in this season. ‘Lift up your eyes to the hills from whence cometh your help…’ The pandemic has impacted everyone in the world. It has impacted every area of our cultural context and it has shaken everything. The one thing that hasn’t been shaken is who He is. He’s the supreme Being. God is Jehovah El Roi, the God who sees and knows it all. He’s Jehovah Elohim, He is almighty. I am trying to encourage the listener to look up, despite what’s happening around them. God is still on the throne. The second aspiration would be to challenge us to reflect on our lives. We’ve turned a lot of things into idols and technically put these things above the knowledge of God. In the bridge of the song, I’m challenging us to not let the things we possess become our idols. “Let nothing in our breath be compared to You. Let nothing we possess take the place of You, Jesus.”
ADF: You’re a worship leader and an artist. Which of those two hats do you find easiest to wear, and why?
NR: I kinda put the two words together and say I’m a worship artist. I don’t believe it’s two hats. I think the only two hats we wear are the one that represents one’s gifting and ability and the one that represents ministry. But both of them come together when you say ‘music ministry’. Because of my musicality, I am able to give people a musical experience and worship experience at my concerts. As a lead worshipper, I’m able to do both. I don’t see the separation. I’m a worshipper and my role is to reveal Jesus, so I either do that through the word or through performance. I don’t separate the two, but if people do, then that’s their choice.
ADF: If you could potentially tour with any artist or band, who would you choose?
NR: I’d definitely love to tour with Muyiwa or Sinach. Hitting the road with Leeland or Matt Redman would be great, too.
For more information about Noel, visit www.noelrobinson.com
Written by: Akosua Dwomo-Fokuo