Best 2007 CDs

Here are my picks for the Best CDs of 2007.

5 Star level:
1. Janet Paschal – Sounds Like Sunday
2. Talley Trio – Stages
3. Imperials – Back To The Roots
4. Hinson’s – Favor
5. Crabb Family – Letting Go
6. Darrell Toney – Jerry Reed Revisited

4 1/2 Star level:
7. Mercy’s Well – Skywriting
8. Karen Peck & New River – Journey Of Joy
9. Greater Vision – Everyday People
10. Kingdom Heirs – True To The Call
11. Balsam Range – Marching Home
12. Isaacs – Big Sky
13. Brian Free & Assurance – Real Faith
14. Jerry Salley – New Songs, Old Friends
15. Southern Sound – For Heaven’s Sake
16. Three Bridges – Breakin’ Chains

The list of five CDs below indicates the titles that are my personal favorites from 2007. I put these projects on my iRiver and my personal computers at home and at the office so I can listen to them again and again. Of course, there are portions of other CDs that make it to my iRiver as well, but these are the titles I make the greatest effort to hear again in their entirety.
1. Imperials – Back To The Roots
2. Balsam Range – Marching Home
3. Kingdom Heirs – True To The Call
4. Dave Williford Band – King’s Ransom
5. Mercy’s Well – Skywriting

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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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  1. Matt Baker
    Reply December 31, 12:49 #1 Matt Baker

    I would have to disagree with you on the 5 star level. While i like all the albums on there, the Crabb Family’s “Leting Go”, in my opinion, doesn’t really fall under the SG category. They will be the first to tell you this. I would replace it with Greater Vision’s “Everyday People”. I was just with them in concert last night and they sang many songs off of this album, and it is a wonderful album. Also Brian Free & Assurance’s “Real Faith” deserves a 5 star because it is their best album in years. I enjoy reading your blog. Feel free to log on to mine!




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  2. Buddy Melton
    Reply December 31, 12:53 #2 Buddy Melton

    Thanks for all you do to support the music we love.
    Let us know if we can do anything to help you.

    Happy New Year!

    Buddy Melton
    Balsam Range




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  3. admin
    Reply December 31, 14:01 #3 admin

    Matt, to clarify,
    This blog is primarily about Southern Gospel music, but it isn’t limited to that. The Jerry Salley and Balsam Range CDs aren’t SG either.

    I don’t assign ratings based on style, nor do I value one style more highly than another. I certainly wouldn’t lower a rating because it isn’t “SG.”

    As for replacing it with another CD, I don’t have a set number of 5 Star ratings that I issue in a year. I wouldn’t elevate a CD or lower a CD rating just to fill a certain number of slots.

    Thanks for reading!




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  4. Chris Unthank
    Reply January 02, 17:47 #4 Chris Unthank

    You know David – I usually feel like you are spot on in your reviews – but I’m still in disbelief over the 5 star rating for the Crabb Family’s Letting Go. I think it was possibly their weakest release in years. Nowhere near a 5 star album for me.




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  5. Quaid
    Reply January 02, 22:14 #5 Quaid

    I don’t see “Letting Go” as a 5-star either.




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  6. Karalyn
    Reply January 04, 01:32 #6 Karalyn

    I totally agree… “Letting Go” is the worst Crabb Family recording out there!




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