CD Reviews

CD Review: Beautiful Day (Mark Bishop)

  • Posted on January 16, 2020 at 9:14 pm

When I first heard this CD, my thought was that Mark has gotten repetitive in his lyrics but, overall, I like this recording. I typically don’t like the background vocals included on solo CDs, but Jeff Chapman, Chris Allman, Mylon Hayes, Amber Eppinette, Wesley Pritchard & Friends do an excellent job.

Mark Bishop wrote all the songs once again. They are:

It’s a Beautiful Day; God Needs Ministers; Are You Ready for Perfect Love?; It’s All Good; I’ll Just Keep Rowing; You Can’t Say He Didn’t Love Us; I’m Just Changing Mountains; Home Grown Tomatoes; The Man on the other Cross; and Lost, Lost, Lost.

CD Review: All the Lights (Donna King)

  • Posted on December 18, 2019 at 6:46 pm

Donna King has released a Christmas CD which includes 5 classic Christmas songs and 5 new songs written or co-written by Donna. I really appreciate CDs that don’t feature songs that everyone else is recording, and this fits that bill.

Songs included are:

I Wonder as I Wander; All the Lights; Come On Ring Those Bells; Christ is Born; Because of a Baby; Go Tell It On the Mountain; You’ll Find Christmas; Anything Is Possible; There’s a New Kid in Town; and The Gospel Wrapped Up in a Song (with Zane King).

CD Review: Everything in Between (The Kingdom Heirs)

  • Posted on November 18, 2019 at 7:00 pm

This CD by The Kingdom Heirs features 12 songs (9 original and 3 classics). Most of the songs were just OK by my estimation, but the following are worth special mention.

I enjoyed their instrumental arrangements of Crying in the Chapel and Sweet By and By.

Ready for Glory is a toe-tapping, quartet song and fun to listen to.

I also like their a capella song Holy, Holy Is What the Angels Sing.

Jerry Martin does a good job singing High on Zion’s Mountain.

Other songs include: Just Drink the Water, Come to the Well, Everything in Between, I Have Overcome, Nothin’s Gonna Keep Me Down, Ready for Glory, He Set Me Free, and I’ll Never Get Over the Blood that I’m Under.

CD Review: Loudest Praise (Lauren Talley)

  • Posted on October 28, 2019 at 5:39 pm

Lauren Talley recently released a CD containing six hymns. Loudest Praise contains the songs, Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing, What a Friend We Have in Jesus, When God Dips His Love in My Heart, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, Does Jesus Care, and His Eye Is On the Sparrow. As a fan of Lauren Talley and a lover of hymns, this is a CD I will enjoy for a long time.

CD Review: Deeper Oceans (Joseph Habedank)

  • Posted on October 17, 2019 at 4:57 pm

Singing News readers just voted Joseph Habedank favorite artist again for 2019. It won’t take long to figure out why when you listen to his latest CD. His song Shame On Me has already made it to the #2 spot on the Singing News Top 20, but there is not a so-so song on this recording. Every song was co-written by Joseph and reflects This Grace that he has obviously found.

The last song on the CD, One More Reason, was dedicated to his grandma. Having lost my grandma earlier this year, this song especially resonates with me, and I think it will with a lot of people.

The music on this CD is very progressive so will be liked by a broad audience of old and young, southern gospel and contemporary fans.

CD Review: Pure Love (Legacy Five)

  • Posted on October 2, 2019 at 6:42 pm

Legacy Five has had some personnel changes lately but they still have the solid blend that we have come to expect from this amazing quartet. The group currently consists of Scott Fowler, Matt Fouch, Josh Townsend, Bryan Walker, and Lee Black. With that lineup and songs penned by such writers as Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey, Sue C. Smith, Kenna Turner-West, Scott Inman, Lee Black, and Joseph Habedank, you know this has to be good.

Songs included are What a Day, What Kind of Man, That’s What Makes Believers Believe, Love Pure Love, I Believe the Book, The Greatest Wonder, Beggin’ for Change, Love Always Finds a Way, Middle Man, Not Just Another Day, and Only Passing Through.

I don’t know if it was intentional but I found it interesting that the music on Beggin’ for Change reminds me of “He Made a Change” that the Cathedrals recorded years ago.

CD Review: Noah Believed (Buddy Davis)

  • Posted on May 20, 2019 at 7:38 pm

If you have never heard Buddy Davis, you are missing out. I think of his music as being for children, but I have enjoyed listening to this CD before I give it to my 9-year-old nephew who is a HUGE Buddy Davis fan.

This CD includes 12 songs written by Mr. Davis–all on the topic of Noah and the Ark. They are Biblical, some are witty, telling the story in music. The other day, my 3-year-old niece was a little grouchy so I brought her in with me and we sat and listened to this CD. Whenever a song would end, she would ask for another. If you have young children or grandchildren, or if you are just in a mood for something different, I highly recommend this.

Songs included are: The Lord Himself Will Shut the Door; The Global Flood Really Happened; Forty Days and Forty Nights; Animal Kinds; Inside the Ark, We’re Safe; Noah’s Ark Fever; The Earth Is Dry; My Raven Won’t Come Back; Floating Zoo; Noah Believed; The Wonder of a Rainbow; and Come to the Ark.

CD Review: Our Story (Three Bridges)

  • Posted on March 14, 2019 at 5:51 pm

I’m old enough to remember when Three Bridges first hit the radio and, to be honest, I didn’t care for their sound. Today, the group consists of original member Elliott McCoy, as well as Shannon Smith and Jeremie Hudson, and I am starting to enjoy listening to them.

Although most of their songs are progressive or have more of a black gospel feel, Down the Road to Damascus is the kind of song you would expect to find on a traditional Southern Gospel CD.

I like the message of Like Jesus Did as it talks about the desire to be more like Christ.

Faith Shines Brighter tells the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.

Live the Gospel is another song with great lyrics.

Other songs include: Count It Victory, My Story, Good News Never Gets Old, God Did It, Nothing But, Gonna Keep Livin’ and The King of Love My Shepherd Is.

 

 

CD Review: A Million Miles (Sunday Drive)

  • Posted on February 28, 2019 at 6:46 pm

If you are as old as I am, you may remember a group called Cedar Ridge. I loved their sound and have wondered at times what happened to them. Well, I recently found out that Jeff Treece now sings with Dusty Treece and Misty Treece in a group called Sunday Drive.

This CD starts out by asking, “Lord, am I Right Where You Want Me to Be?” This is a question we should each be asking ourselves.

I grew up listening to the music of Evie so I am happy to hear her popular song Born Again.

I’m Not Gonna Leave is a unique song that talks about never leaving the feet of Jesus.

I love the title song. No matter what you are going through, you can travel A Million Miles to reach the throne of God.

“I’m Living in the Middle of His Will, and life is better than it’s ever been.” True words. The Christian life isn’t trial-free, but if you are in the will of God, His grace will carry you through.

Other songs included are: What Can Change the World, He Set Me Free (not the old classic but a new song written by Misty Treece and Jeff Treece), Angels Sing My Victory Song, Just Before the Dawn, and It’s All About Me.

CD Review: Silhouette (The Wisecarvers)

  • Posted on January 30, 2019 at 10:27 pm

I first heard The Wisecarvers on the National Quartet Convention’s live feed in 2017, and I was immediately impressed. I didn’t realize until I started this review that they also write their songs which is a bonus in my book. The only song they didn’t write on this recording is the hymn Amazing Grace.

Songs of special mention:

Best of Forever “I’ll be with You for the best of forever because you saved me from the worst of forever.” It’s not because of anything that I have done but because of His mercy, He saved me. I am so thankful!

When You Look at Me Am I the person God created me to be? Is He pleased with how I am living my life? Good questions to ask yourself.

You Have My Attention I love this song. It starts by painting a picture of someone who is desperate to hear from the Lord and ends with God stopping and paying attention to the soul who is fervently seeking Him.

Love You Still No matter what my future holds, God has been so good to me. He continues to be worthy of our love.

Someone Else’s Valley When things are going well, it can be easy to forget others who are hurting. This song encourages us to not forget someone else’s valley.

Potter’s Wheel is an encouraging song for those who are hurting. God will put the pieces back together. He loves you.

Other songs included are Begin With You, Jesus to Me, Silhouette, Go Down Again, and Manufactured Smiles.

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