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CD Review: A Different Light (Mark Bishop)

  • Posted on February 13, 2018 at 7:13 pm

Mark Bishop has just released another CD with 11 original songs that he wrote. He has several guest vocalists that are worthy of mention on this recording.

The Kingdom Heirs join Mark on the uptempo Finish Strong, Finish Well, Finish Empty.

He’s Always Been a Friend reminds me of the Bishops, and it features Kenneth Bishop on the second verse.

The Refrigerator Door will take you back to when your children were little, and everything they drew, made, etc. was placed on the refrigerator door.

Tell Me You Saw Me is something each of us should desire. “Tell me you saw me walking with Jesus. I’ll tell you it’s by His grace.”

My favorite song on this CD is Couldn’t Feel Any Better. The second verse features Chris Freeman. If you’re having a rough time, this song should lift your spirits.

Other songs include: More Than Enough; I Know I’m in Good Hands; God Is Powerful; What It Comes Down to Is Me;  Fly, Fly Away Little Birdie; and I’m Gonna Wish I Had Worried Less.

 

CD Review: Stronger Together (The Nelons)

  • Posted on July 13, 2017 at 2:58 pm

When you think of the Nelons, you may think of great harmony and good songs. This CD will not disappoint.

One Little Word talks about the name of Jesus. It’s amazing how effective that one word is no matter how low you get.

Family Chain reminds us that, although we may lose loved ones on this earth, if they know Jesus, the separation is only temporary.

The highlight of the CD, for me, is Then Came the Morning. I love the song anyway but Amber Nelon Thompson does an awesome job on this classic.

Jason Clark sings Gate of Heaven.

Karen Peck Gooch joins Kelly Nelon Clark and the Nelons to sing You Can’t Make Old Friends.

I’m so glad someone finally brought back I Think I’ll Read it Again. I have loved that song ever since Gold City released it in the 1980s.

Other songs included are: In My Father’s House, The Awakening, and Angels Hover Near You.

 

CD Review: Classics Volume One (Blackwood Brothers Quartet)

  • Posted on July 7, 2017 at 9:13 pm

The Blackwood Brothers have released yet another CD of classics. Songs include: I’d Rather Have Jesus, He Touched Me, If That Isn’t Love, Who Am I, The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power, Without Him, Sweet Beulah Land, What a Day That Will Be, The Eastern Gate, and The Love of God.

The CD was produced and arranged by Trey Ivey who also plays piano on the recording. Longtime Blackwood Brothers fans will still enjoy the group today.

CD Review: Here For You (Tribute Quartet)

  • Posted on April 11, 2017 at 8:00 am

Earlier this year, I reviewed my favorite CD for 2016. The latest CD from Tribute Quartet may not be my very favorite, but it’s definitely up there.

Here For You is an uptempo song of encouragement. You can find love, grace, mercy, forgiveness, joy, faith, everything you need to make it through. All you need to do is join the family of God.

Another encouraging toe-tapper is Never Forsaken.

We all need reminders that this world is not our home, that these trials will not last forever, etc. Somebody Sing Me That Song.

Riley Harrison Clark blows the roof off with When the Prodigal Comes Home.

The tempo picks back up with Meeting in the Middle of the Air.

I’m so thankful that I serve the God of the Storms.

Everybody Come See Jesus is just a song about Jesus and how wonderful He is.

Anthony Davis is featured on That’s How I Know.

Grace at Its Best is still the cross. I love that!

Jesus Saves is an old song written by Connie Hopper and Geron Davis.

Nothing Stops the Savior’s Love–I needed to hear this today. “Fear may rule the day, but hope–it always finds a way to reach us where we are, to give us life that’s more than what we dreamed of.”

CD Review: Life is Good (The Hoppers)

  • Posted on January 9, 2017 at 5:57 pm

My first CD review this year goes to my favorite CD of 2016. It caught my attention after hearing a few songs off of it. When I got the CD, I was not disappointed. I ordered a copy for a friend right away and, thankfully, he shared my sentiments. It was five years in the making for The Hoppers but definitely worth the wait.

I believe Jesus, the One was their first radio single. This was the only song I wasn’t really wild about when I first heard it but it’s grown on me.

Life is Good is my new pick-me-up when I’m having a rough day.

Connie sings the lead on Grace Will Get to You. No matter what you’ve done, God’s grace will find you.

“If He asks you to walk a mile with him, Walk Two. If He asks you to lend an ear to Him, listen the whole night through.” The world is full of people who will grudgingly do the bare minimum.  God needs people willing to wholeheartedly go above and beyond the call of “duty.”

I love their arrangement of Brethren We Have Met to Worship. It will make you want to “have church.”

Another song I really like is If We Ever Gotta Look. I saw them do this in concert and loved it immediately. “If we ever gotta look at what’s waiting up there, we wouldn’t want to stay down here.”

The tempo slows down as Claude sings an old Rusty Goodman song: Until You’ve Known the Love of God.

Song of Moses is a song of hope. “All your battles, He won at Calvary. Shout the message of Moses’ song.” If you know the story of Moses, you will recall the stories of victory, hope when all seemed hopeless.

I’ve enjoyed seeing Dean & Kim’s daughter Karlye on stage with her family this year. She sings the lead on My Ransom.

The tempo picks back up for By and By.

Before the Sun Goes Down is the perfect ending for a thought-provoking CD. “Before I reach the end of day, I’ve got to know I’ve walked Your way.” A song to ponder as you listen carefully to the words.

CD Review: Glory to God in the Highest (The Kingdom Heirs)

  • Posted on December 14, 2016 at 6:22 pm

The Kingdom Heirs have released a new Christmas CD. Although many of the songs will be familiar to all, they are sung with the Kingdom Heirs’ sound and style.

Beginning with Jesus is Born Today and Glory to God in the Highest, the tempo slows down for Mary, Did You Know.

New songs to me are Singing to the King, Christmas Cookies, and The Christmas Wish.

Other songs included are Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas; The King of Eternity; Jesus, Oh What a Wonderful Child; and an instrumental version of Santa Claus is Coming to Town.

 

 

 

 

CD Review: Undivided (Master’s Voice)

  • Posted on October 18, 2016 at 5:08 pm

Master’s Voice is a southern gospel group based in Bristow, OK. In listening to their sound, I’ve been trying to think of who they remind me of. Maybe the old Journeymen Quartet or Old Paths.

I won’t go into detail on each song but will make special mention of the songs I especially like on this project:

How Long a Lifetime Is was written by Joseph Habedank and Rachel McCutcheon. “Never take today for granted. … Hold each loved one tightly and treat each moment as a gift. You never know how long a lifetime is.”

Here I Am Again: I’m so thankful I can go back to God each time I fail and, in His mercy, He extends forgiveness yet again.

Somebody is Me is an upbeat song that will bring a smile to your face and cause you to praise the Lord wherever you are.

Other songs include I Can Hardly Wait to Fly, Goodbye to Goodbye, Lord of Mercy, I Know What He Did for Me, This Same Jesus, Things God Doesn’t Know, Send Somebody, Ain’t it Good, and Everything the Blood Touches Lives.

CD Review: As We Speak (Greater Vision)

  • Posted on March 23, 2016 at 5:55 pm

If you attended the National Quartet Convention last year or saw the live stream, you are aware that Greater Vision released a new CD entitled, As We Speak. It became humorous, but it was worth the mention. In thinking back over the Greater Vision CDs I own, I believe this is my favorite since Faces. I rated it low because, in many ways, it is pretty typical of Greater Vision recordings, but there are some more uptempo songs and a couple songs I especially like, which is what makes it one of my faves.

The CD begins with the group’s recent hit, Put Out the Fire

We Can’t Tell It All has a typical GV sound. No matter how many songs we sing, it is impossible to fully describe our Lord.

Toes in the Water asks if we are fully surrendered or just getting our toes wet (my paraphrase). :)

He Does reminds us that Jesus sees and cares and understands.

Will I be a faithful example if the Lord has me follow In the Sandals of Daniel to the lion’s den? This is a toe-tapper but one that you need to pause to ponder.

I am really glad that they brought back Labreeska Hemphill’s song, Let the Blood of Calvary Speak for Me. “May it write me down as righteous where no righteousness has been, shielding me from wrath and judgment as it covers all my sins.” Lord, let it be so!

Never Will I Ever Again is a fun, fast song. I love it!

The tempo slows down as Rodney Griffin sings I Do Know. I may not know the future, but I do know what the next life will bring.

It’s encouraging to know that everyone is Saved By the Same Grace. It doesn’t matter if you are male or female, rich or poor. God’s grace is sufficient for all!

The CD ends with the title track: As We Speak. This is another of my favorites on the CD. Gerald Wolfe does a great job communicating the message. I feel God’s presence every time I hear this song.

CD Review: What a Moment (11th Hour)

  • Posted on February 22, 2016 at 8:33 pm

what-a-momentThe latest CD from 11th Hour is my introduction to them. My first impression is that they are an average group, but I know sometimes it makes a difference when one sees them in concert.

This CD begins by reminding us that we need that “sea walking, Mountain Moving Faith.”

Look at Me Now is a couple stories of people who were changed after they met Jesus.

The tempo slows down for Love Still Holds Our Scars.

You may have been Bound for destruction and hell but, if you know Jesus, you are now Bound for Heaven. Praise the Lord!

He Welcomes the Beggar talks about the beggar Lazarus and then talks to modern-day “beggars” who are looking for hope.

Aren’t you glad that He’s Alive and So Am I?

My favorite song on the CD is When God Shows Up. Written by Dianne Wilkinson, Kenna West, and Lee Black, you will feel God show up as you worship Him.

Can You Burn asks if you can stand through the fire when persecution comes. Can you burn with the zeal you used to have? This is something we must all ask ourselves.

There Ain’t No Bones in the grave where Jesus laid. He’s alive!

Another song I really like is I Trust. Trust is an area I pray to keep growing in.

CD Review: Moments Like These (The Bowling Family)

  • Posted on February 10, 2016 at 6:26 pm

The Bowling Family is comprised of Mike and Kelly Bowling and their daughter Hope. This is my first time to listen to a full CD of theirs, but what a blessing it is. I give it 5 stars because of the quality of the songs. There is not a “dud” on this recording. Songs of faith, hope, and the resurrection fill this CD, leaving you encouraged and ready to face another day.

Mike sings the uptempo, Praise God, He is Alive.

Hope sings about One Moment of Faith.

I Was There is the Heavenly Father reminding you that He was there during everything you have gone through … and He will continue to be.

Mourning to Dancing is another toe-tapping song of hope.

In the next song, Mike tells us again I Believe He’s Alive.

The tempo slows way down for a song Mike and Kelly Bowling wrote with Marcia Henry Bloodworth: Even When You’re Asking Why. “You will never get to walk this road by sight. Only faith will lead you through the night. But God loves you and He’s with you, even when you’re asking why.”

Some of you will know the old song, I’ve Got My Foot on the Rock. I hadn’t heard this one in quite a while.

God is Always Good reminds us of that truth that many seem to lose sight of. No matter what you are going through, it does not change the fact that God is still good.

If you’re still not convinced, the next song puts it another way: God Likes Working in the Midnight Hour.

Kelly sings Our First Hallelujah There, a song that ushers you into the presence of Heaven as you picture your first moments there.

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