Let My Words Be Few
Phillips, Craig, and Dean
After nearly ten years of recording Phillips, Craig, and Dean now have
the opportunity to create a CD that reflects their spiritual gifts, considering
all three of these men are worship pastors. Even at a time when it seems
like everyone is doing praise and worship Let My Words Be Few stands out.
Phillips, Craig, and Dean take six well known praise songs and recreate
them in their own style. In addition to that there are four new tracks
on this CD written by Phillips, Craig, and Dean that come from their desire
to praise God. My personal favorite is "Your Grace Still Amazes Me," a
soft reminder of how amazing it is that God’s grace is so much larger
than any person can conceive.
To find out more check out more about Phillips, Craig, and Dean and Let
My Words Be Few check out the links below.
No Place, So Far
Erin O'Donnell along with husband Brad have turned recent events in their
lives into a beautiful recording. Even though things seemed to be going
in the wrong direction the O'Donnell's maintained their faith in God and
surrendered to his will. A short time after discovering that they were
to be new parents Erin's record label went out of business. In a news
release Erin stated, "It was a really scary time… so I started to focus
on Quinn because I knew God would take care of the rest." Erin's prayers
were answered when Brad started working as an A & R executive with Word
and at the same time she signed a recording contract with Word.
Out of their trials and triumphs we have No Place So Far, a lovely sounding
declaration of faith. The title illustrates the fact that no matter how
things appear there is no place that God cannot reach us. Personal favorites
include "Janie's Garden," "No Place So Far," and "Damaged Goods."
Now the News
Now the News is Eli's third release on Forefront Records. Eli
has great depth and creativity in his music. This album exudes Eli's deep
compassion for the poor and the homeless. Eli really delves into his joy
with guitar and it shines through in his work. God gave him an amazing
talent as a musician and it is endearing to hear Eli utilizing that.
Eli has a very distinct voice. Those who enjoy the vocal style of artists
like Smalltown Poets and the Newsboys, will enjoy Eli's newest release.
Thomas Carlyle once wrote, "Music is well said to be the speech of angels;
in fact, nothing among the utterances allowed to man is felt to be so
divine. It brings us near to the infinite."
Noted for his personal depth and passionate lyrics, Greg Long has returned
to share with us his "speech of angels." Various fans gave testimonies
of how Greg Long's past albums really touched their hearts. He has an
uncanny ability to share not only his profound love of our Savior, but
his deep emotional triumphs.
Greg's newest release titled, "Now," is a welcomed return after a three-year
break from his last album. Track one, "Sufficiency of Grace," is spicy
and energized! This song has a destiny to hit high on the charts. Other
notable songs on this album include the mellow, yet moving "The Waiting,"
the riveting ballad, "We Dream of a Kingdom," and lyrically deep, "The
Sacrifice." A personal favorite is track eight titled, "Help Somebody
Cry." Beautiful, just beautiful Greg!
When someone creates something out of passion its always better. Bryan
Duncan has a passion for Soul music, and "Joyride" is the evidence of
Not only has Duncan made a joyful return to Soul music, but he has also
narrowed the focus of his lyrics. Duncan said, "I don't think I've ever
been this emphatic or used Jesus' name more often. I've come to realize
that vague allusions haven't been all that effective in encouraging people
to consider the things of God."
Musically "Joyride" is a pleasure, and very fitting for a Sunday drive
through the Blue Ridge Parkway with the top down, wind blowing, and the
music loud. The CD is described as being celebrative and joyful. Two of
the best originals on the CD are "I'd Like to Thank You Jesus", which
is about letting God know how much we are grateful for everything. Then
there is "Clap Your Hands," which is an enthusiastic cry to the Lord who
brings joy to our lives.
Duncan covers "The Battle Is the Lord's" with a Blues twist that puts
the song right in place with the rest of the CD. Duncan also covers "Maybe
I'm Amazed," a mainstream pop song that, performed in the right context,
can describe a personal relationship with God.
"Joyride" is an artful expression of faith from Bryan Duncan. Everything
from the lyrics to the CD cover set your soul on a pleasing journey. While
at the same time, it calls forward praise and glory for God's amazing
In 1998 Sara Groves debuted with "Past the Wishing." Her debut
quickly became one of Christian music's all-time best-selling independent
Groves' style of song writing is a reflection of her gift of teaching.
Groves stated that during her live shows she likes to tell stories,
and give the audience insight into the "deeper meaning" of the song. The
songs on "Conversations" are mostly inspired by scripture. "Painting Pictures
of Egypt" was inspired by Exodus 16:3. Groves described the song
as an expression of "...the way we romanticize the past." Inspired by
Deuteronomy 11:26-28,Groves wrote one of the most inspirational
songs on the album, "Generations." The song reminds the listener that
we are the product of original sin, and what we do will affect generations
to come. Sara Groves is an awesome singer songwriter. "This Journey
Is My Own" combines all her gifts to produce deep lyrics, great music,
and a voice that will melt a glacier.
Groves abilities are evident throughout "Conversations." I could
go on describing each song but it would be better if you picked up the
CD and discover, for yourself, the charm of Sara Groves.
For more info on "Conversations" and Sara Groves visit her official
web site. www.saragroves.com
With the release of their Sophomore Inpop CD Beanbag is on a quest.
A quest to reach out to people who do not have a relationship with Christ.
Steve Ford, VP, General Manager, of Inpop Records states, "Beanbag is
concentrating on the lost and ignored of today's society and reaching
them in a way these kids can relate to." The intent of the band is that
this album is more personal. Dealing with relationship problems, frustrations
in society, and trying to be somebody you are not. The band mates describe
the album title as being "ironic," stating that no one is "well adjusted"
until we become Christ like in Heaven
Beanbag's live performances have been described as "Volatile,"
and from the sounds of "Well Adjusted" nothing has changed. Beanbag
has a history of playing clubs where the music has to be a bit more aggressive.
Two particular tracks, "Limits Of Shunt" and "Army Of Me" certainly contain
the energy needed to satisfy any hard rock fan.
Check out their web site at Beanbagonline.com
After selling close to two million albums, ten #1 radio singles, a #1
song of the decade, several Dove awards, and three Grammy nominations,
a greatest hits album is definitely warranted. It must have been a difficult
task to compile ten years of work down to one CD.
Hit Parade contains 15 of Audio Adrenaline's biggest songs. Additionally,
the band recorded two new songs for Hit Parade, "Will Not Fade" and "One
Like You." Both new tunes reflect the fun rock infused sound that Audio
Adrenaline is known for.
There is no doubt that Audio Adrenaline has been reaching people
through their music. Even with all the success the band still remains
grounded in God. I recall thinking at the end of one of their concerts
that for many people it would be hard to turn to the cheering crowd and
give all the credit to God.