Songwriter Assad presents latest CD at Lafayette show

Photo provided by AUDREY ASSAD -- Singer-songwriter Audrey Assad pulled a phrase from an Easter vigil prayer as the theme of her current record 'Fortunate Fall.’
Photo provided by AUDREY ASSAD -- Singer-songwriter Audrey Assad pulled a phrase from an Easter vigil prayer as the theme of her current record 'Fortunate Fall.’

A sellout crowd of 370 heard Audrey Assad perform at the Our Lady of Wisdom Catholic Student Center at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette on Sept. 5.

It was a group very familiar with the lyrics of the singer’s newest album. Which was a good thing because the show was to promote her newest album, “Fortunate Fall.”

Most of her music is quiet, and “Fortunate Fall” is even quieter, but retains many of her familiar inspirations.

Assad, who has been playing piano since age 2, said, “I make music for the church that is mostly piano based. … It’s meant for meditation and for prayer.

“Musically and lyrically, my biggest inspiration is Paul Simon. … I find myself really influenced by Sarah McLachlan musically and stylistically. ... And then in terms of praise and worship stuff, church music, Matt Maher for sure. And the ancient music of the church — the liturgical kind of classical music are a big influence on me also.”

And all of those are recognizable in Assad’s music.

Her experience is recognizable also. Catholicism plays a large role in her current work, but she has led worship in Protestant churches and she took on that role in concert last week.

The show was a live performance of the album “Fortunate Fall” with some familiar worship songs interspersed. Included were “Your Grace is Enough” and the current radio hit “Lord, I Need You,” both by Maher, who was responsible for helping Assad get her start in Nashville. Many people first heard her on Chris Tomlin’s Christmas album.

Her encore included the song “Restless” from her first album, “The House You’re Building.”