CD Review: Singing You Happy (Singing Christians)

RATING: 3 Stars

Producer: Danny Crawford
Website: www.singingchristians.com

Song Titles: “Jesus Love Has Made A Change,” “Sittin’ On Cloud Nine,” “Come Spring,” “When You Change Your Mind,” “It’ll Be Worth Every Mile Of The Trip,” “Just Over Yonder,” “Wonderful Day Of Joy,” “One Way Trip,” “What A Meeting,” and “Hold Me”

The Singing Christians (Janice Rochester, Chris Rochester, and Jill Neave) have an attractively packaged product in Singing You Happy. Musicians from Horizon studio in Arden, NC recorded the tracks. The packaging identifies Neave as the writer of “Wonderful Day Of Joy,” but the writers of the other songs aren’t credited.

Vocally, the Singing Christians have a pleasing blend. According to the liner notes, this group has been together for thirty years. You can tell they are comfortable singing with each other.

“Jesus Love Has Made A Changing” has an easygoing swing feel. This yields to a more country-fied “Sittin’ On Cloud Nine.” The country feel continues at a slower tempo on “Come Spring.” The country style pretty much dominates the rest of the recording, so the project is consistent musically. I think “Just Over Yonder,” with its nod to bluegrass, is one of the strongest tracks on this CD. Neave’s “Wonderful Day Of Joy” also comes across nicely. The recording concludes with an auto-biographical narration and an invitation to accept Christ as Savior over the music of the song “Hold Me,” which gives the recording a nice personal touch.

Each of the singers in this group could use more diaphragm support. When they all sing together, it works fine because they are singing similarly. The strongest songs are those that feature the entire group singing together, though, while solo lines tend to be weaker. Diction is very good and intonation is decent overall. Singing You Happy gets good marks for consistency, average marks for performance quality, good marks for a song selection that suits the vocals, below average marks for dynamics (it’s basically the same dynamic from start to finish), and average marks for originality.

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David Bruce Murray

David Bruce Murray is a church music director in Ellenboro, NC. He is the author of Murray's Encyclopedia Of Southern Gospel Music and the owner of both SGHistory.com and MusicScribe.com. David plays piano for Southern Sounds Quartet and the Foothills Community Choir.

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