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Artist Name:
Doug Morrison     Title: King of Everything  Genre: Christian Rock



DAW – Studio One Pro 1.6 (with stock plugins); Interface – PreSonus AudioBox 1818VSL; Microphone – RØDE NT1; Monitoring – PreSonus Eris E5 XT Studio Monitors, Tremblor T10 Subwoofer and PreSonus Headphones; Keyboard – Ensoniq TS12


King of Everything” is a Christian praise rock song written, recorded and performed by Doug Morrison. Doug notes that with the exception of his vocals, all of the sounds (including lead and acoustic guitar) were courtesy of an older Ensoniq TS12 synth/keyboard.

Review By Dave Martin

For those unfamiliar with the genre, praise music has been around for decades, emerging and becoming prevalent in the 1970s and 80s, and it’s still going strong in 2024. For a bit of history and context, similar to when I discuss many genres and styles in this column, the basic premise behind Contemporary Christian Music (or CCM) is that rock and pop-influenced music with a Christian message is likely to be more acceptable to a younger generation than the traditional hymns that were the backbone of Church music for more than a hundred years. And that has proven to be the case; today, you can find Christian rock, Christian alternative, Christian hip-hop, Christian rap, Christian metal and even Christian punk music.

Doug Morrison’s song, “King of Everything” is pretty much mainstream CCM, with interesting chord progressions, lush keyboards, lyrics encouraging listeners to sing along and pop/rock-influenced solos. 

None of this is meant to be faint praise; there’s an art to composing and arranging music in this genre, and Doug has done a great job with his tune. A couple of things stand out as particularly interesting. The first is that all of the music was created on an Ensoniq TS 12, including the guitar solo, which reminds me of something that Neal Schon (of Journey) might have played. I also liked how the key change after the solo lifts the production a notch—and then another key change, which allows the vocals to be higher (and stronger). 

While many successful Christian artists record with real string sections or even whole orchestras, Doug was able to add that flavor with synth strings, supported by a nice piano part. Though all of the sounds on this song came from the Ensoniq, the only thing that leapt out at me as being “not like a live musician would have played it” was the drum part.

While the drums as a whole were well programmed, I found myself distracted a bit by the crash cymbal; it draws attention to itself because a studio drummer would not have used the crash that often. If he’d tried, the producer would have most likely asked him to stop.

I’d also like to call your attention to where the drums sit in relation to the rest of the instruments; though most current mixes put the drums up front, these drums are supportive without getting in the way of the message. It is the same with the added percussion, which is quite nice, but again, it doesn’t call attention to itself. It helps to support the song’s message, which is the whole point of CCM.

The vocals, recorded with a RØDE NT1, delivered the song’s message equally, and the harmony vocals were appropriate to the genre.

Dave’s Suggestions

I know I’ve spent a bit more time discussing the genre of “King Of Everything” than I typically would, but much of what I like about Doug’s song is pretty specific to the CCM genre.

I think Doug Morrison took great care with this song, and it shows. The genre is so broad that he could spend a lifetime exploring it all. I would only counsel Doug (well, everyone who programs drum tracks) that when working on new material, it might be worth spending a few hours listening to what drummers who are recording CCM music are playing. There are so many great drummers working in the field that every song offers a learning opportunity. 

In fact, most of us should spend more of our time listening closely to other recordings—not only those records that are similar to what we do but also records that are quite different in style. The two biggest reasons for spending hours and hours listening critically to music are to (A) learn what the different instruments are playing and how those instruments work together and (B) to listen to other engineers’ mixes and learn how those mixes suit the genre of the music. 


“King of Everything” is a fine praise and worship song that could be performed regularly in church. Good job Doug Morrison!



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