CD Review: The Milby Family – When I Sing

CD Review: The Milby Family – When I Sing

Song Titles: “When I Sing,” “You Are On The Inside,” “He’s A Personal Savior,” “At The Cross,” “Jesus Will Come Some Day,” “He Saw Me,” “Read Your Bible Every Day,” “Bless Your Holy Name Again,” “You Must Be Born Again,” “Rest Easy, My Child,” “I Want To Be More Like Jesus” and “Everybody Said ‘Amen!’ ”

Rating: 4 Stars

Five years ago, I reviewed a recording called Faith Like A Mustard Seed by the Milby Family and became a fan of their unique style. The oldest of the three young girls was 14 at that time. They sang with a confident and delightful twang that caught my attention.

The Milby Family recently sent me a copy of their 2011 CD titled When I Sing. Tess, Grace and Brooke Milby ranged from 14 to 18 in age when this CD released last year. The oldest, Tess, has expanded her role in the group to include arranging and songwriting with her father, Robin. The other tracks include several recently written convention-style songs, the hymn “At The Cross,” “He’s A Personal Savior” and a new Ben Storie/Daryl Williams song titled “Bless Your Holy Name Again.” Donna Beauvais produced the CD.

This family group has expanded their range of styles. “At The Cross” is a cappella, “Jesus Will Come Some Day” sounds like a 1970s pop song, and “Read Your Bible Every Day” takes a bluegrass approach. “Bless Your Holy Name Again” is a slow orchestrated solo.

Their straight-ahead Southern Gospel arrangements are the strongest tracks, though. “When I Sing,” “He’s A Personal Savior,” “You Must Be Born Again,” “I Want To Be More Like Jesus” and “Everybody Said ‘Amen!'” most closely resemble the songs that really caught my attention on their earlier CD. With maturity, their tones have mellowed slightly, but their cheerful dialect still comes through.

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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. Daniel J. Mount
    Reply October 16, 09:00 #1 Daniel J. Mount

    I think “Bless Your Holy Name Again” has been done before. Three Bridges?




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      Reply October 16, 11:38 admin Author

      After reading your comment, I pulled up the Three Bridges version on YouTube and you are correct. It is the same song. I don’t think I had heard their version before.

      Of course, it’s still quite new compared to “At The Cross!” :o)




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  2. Keith Cantrell
    Reply October 16, 11:23 #2 Keith Cantrell

    I’ve known the Milbys for almost 30 years. They are a wonderfully delightful family that will bless all who hear their music. They are the real deal!!




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