CD Review: Collingsworth Family (God Is Faithful)

A Nutshell Review
RATING: 4 1/2 Stars

Label: Crossroads Records
Producers: Roger Talley and Wayne Haun
Song Titles: “God Is Faithful,” “Swingin’ And Marchin’,” “The Healer Is Here,” “He Loves Me,” “God Is In The Shadows,” “Tradin’ A Cross For A Crown,” “How Great Thou Art,” “Light From Heaven,” “Olivia’s Thank You,” “Inhabit The Praise,” “Sheltered In The Arms Of God,” “We Want To Praise Jesus,” “You See To Me,” “Shine On Us,” and “Free To Go Home”

Before I heard a note, God Is Faithful immediately rubbed me the wrong way with its non-standard packaging, a booklet that was glued into the cover so I couldn’t take it out and thumb through it, and a CD holder that required me to practically break the CD in half before I could get it loose. It’s difficult to beat a good old fashioned jewel case.

Once I got to the music, though, I was fairly impressed not only with the quality of this recording, but also by the diversity of the Collingsworth Family and the sheer bulk of music they offer in one piece of product. God Is Faithful includes fifteen tracks and clocks in at 57 minutes in length. There’s mixed trio arrangements, piano solos, individual vocal solos, songs featuring the entire family, and a ladies trio arrangement. The liner notes are meticulously detailed for each song, even listing the names of an interpreter and a copyist the group used when working with an orchestra in the Czech Republic. Only the best musicians were used for the tracks…names like Jason Webb, the Nashville String Machine, the City Of Prague Philharmonic, David Johnson, and Roger Fortner are just a few you should recognize from the liner notes. Songs range from Inspirational (“God Is Faithful,” “The Healer Is Here,” “Inhabit The Praise,” “You See To Me,” “Shine On Us” and “Free To Go Home”) to light pop (“He Loves Me”) to traditional Southern Gospel (“God Is In The Shadows,” “Tradin’ A Cross For A Crown,” “Light From Heaven,” and “We Want To Praise Jesus”)…plus there’s three piano solos by Kim Collingsworth, including the version of “How Great Thou Art” she used to reportedly steal the show during the Pianorama showcase at NQC 2005.

I realize this CD has been out for about a year now. I’ve had it on my shelf waiting for a review for several months, but I didn’t want to pass it by. If you are a fan of traditional family groups like the Nelons of the 1980s or the Hemphills from that same era, you will feel a similar attraction to God Is Faithful by the Collingsworth Family.

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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 and David plays piano for Southern Sounds Quartet and the Foothills Community Choir.

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  1. Reply September 04, 23:44 #1 Keith

    “God Is Faithful” is one of my favorite CDs produced in the last couple of years. The production of the recording is top-notch and I love the album artwork. I’m looking forward to more great music from one of the most underrated groups in Southern Gospel. I hear that Gaither is featuring them on his new video so I’m sure the underrated label will soon change.

  2. Reply September 05, 07:31 #2 Daniel J. Mount

    This CD is right at the top of the list of CDs I’m going to purchase on my next CD orders.

    I find it fascinating that Gaither will be featuring them; I wonder if he’ll add them to the Homecoming Tour. The Tour has been (very) short on family groups recently.

  3. Reply July 01, 20:05 #3 Norm

    The Collingsworths are some of the best in Southern Gospel. Definately underrated.

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