Must Buy Or Not: Canton Junction – Every Hallelujah

Must Buy Or Not: Canton Junction – Every Hallelujah

canton-junctionEvery Hallelujah features the vocals of Canton Junction members Matt Hagee, Casey Rivers, Ryan Seaton and Tim Duncan along with the production work of Garry Jones. Seaton and Duncan sang together before when they were members of Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, and of course, Jones was also an original member of that group.

The thirteen songs found on this CD include three all-time Southern Gospel classics in “When He Was On The Cross” (Florida Boys #1 Song), “When I Lift Up My Head” (Rambos standard) and “The King And I” (Mosie Lister standard). Canton Junction introduces a couple more songs to the Southern Gospel market that other artists have recorded within the last few years. The remaining songs appear to be new.

Read on to see if the MusicScribe staff believes Every Hallelujah is a Must Buy…

Song list:  (1) “God’s Got A Better Plan” – [Ronny Hinson]  (2) “Tumbling Down” – [Michael Farren/Kenna West]  (3) “It Wasn’t Raining” – [Kenna West/Lindsey Williams]  (4) “When He Was On The Cross” – [Ronny Hinson/Mike Payne]  (5) “When I Lift Up My Head” – [Dottie Rambo]  (6) “Every Hallelujah” – [Michael Farren/Sue C. Smith/Kenna West]  (7) “I Am”  – [Eddie James]  (8) “A Place Called Grace” – [Michael Farren/Sue C. Smith/Kenna West] (9) “For Moments Like These” – [Lee Black/Jason Cox/Kenna West]  (10) “I Need A Little More Jesus” – [Erica Atkins-Campbell/Trecina Atkins-Campbell/Warren Campbell]  (11) “Living For Heaven” – [Jason Cox/Sue C. Smith] (12) Weep No More – [Lee Black/Ben Storie] (13) “The King And I” – [Mosie Lister]

KYLE BOREING

  • Canton Junction continues their Texas-flavored country-style gospel music, and the addition of Casey Rivers at lead vocals has helped to keep this solidified.
  • Likewise, Garry Jones’ production work is, as always, top-notch. With the presence of Jones, Tim Duncan, and Ryan Seaton, one can’t help but wonder how Signature Sound might have sounded if Jones had stayed….

DAVID BRUCE MURRAY

  • Tim Duncan’s features are the standout tracks for me. They could have spread them out more, but I actually like the pacing created by sandwiching the reflective classic “When He Was On The Cross” between the upbeat “It Wasn’t Raining” and “When I Lift Up My Head” to showcase Duncan’s flexibility as a singer.
  • I love the smooth jazz treatment of Mosie Lister’s classic “The King And I.”

SONY ELISE

  • I love the song, God’s Got a Better Plan. With great harmony and great lyrics, this is the perfect way to start this CD.
  • The title track is also worthy of a special mention. I am not typically into background singers but the choir that backs the group up toward the end of this song really adds to it.

PHIL BOLES

  • The group has a great, balanced blend with “that” quartet sound. The harmonies are spot on. Undoubtedly some of this blend is down to Garry Jones. Another positive vocal observation was the maturity in Ryan’s solos, he sounds as good as I’ve ever heard him on this project.
  • As somewhat of a tenor singer myself, I’m always listening out for the tenor part. Matt Hagee has a beautiful tone to his voice, it sits well at the top of the harmonies.

DIANA BRANTLEY

  • I really enjoyed hearing the orchestrations on these songs.  I particularly loved “When He Was On the Cross” because the accompaniment was almost reverent.  I loved the beautiful, sweeping strings.     Thank you, Garry Jones!
  • As beautiful as the arrangements were, they never over-powered the singers.  The vocals were crisp, the harmonies nearly perfect!
  • With 13 songs on the album, there was such a good variety of styles.   And with that many songs, there was plenty of room for more bass features than would usually be on an album.    All of the gentlemen were terrific on the album.   I’m so glad they’ve added Casey Rivers and Ryan Seaton – and I hope they keep this line-up for a long time!

 

KYLE BOREING

  • For such a solid recording (and obviously strong live presence), it’s a bit of a shame that Canton Junction doesn’t tour more, even if only for a short touring season.

DAVID BRUCE MURRAY

  • Looking at the liner notes, I could write off the missing “e” in “Dotti” Rambo’s name as an honest oversight. However, rendering Carl Gorodetzky‘s name as “Karl Gordetsky” tells me someone was just too lazy to take an extra 20 seconds and look it up.

SONY ELISE

  • I don’t have any strong dislikes about this CD. A few songs that didn’t grab me during my first couple listens but that’s it.

PHIL BOLES

  • Maybe the song selection could have been spread out to avoid a run of songs featuring one particular singer, but nothing major to dislike. Due to the limited touring schedule it is unlikely that they will ever make it over to Northern Ireland.

DIANA BRANTLEY

  • I’m like Sony.  There were a couple of songs that weren’t instant hits with me, but the rest were!

 

 

KYLE BOREING

  • YES – Despite 50% of the group seeing turnover since its debut record, they have remained solid and consistent, sound-wise, and this is a very nice follow-up.

DAVID BRUCE MURRAY

  • YES – Great song selection, excellent production value and solid four-part singing combine to make Every Hallelujah one of the best quartet recordings I’ve heard in 2015.

SONY ELISE

  • YES – Although there are a few songs that aren’t my instant favorites, this CD is the caliber we would expect from this group. Good songs and great harmony make this a CD worth buying.

PHIL BOLES

  • YES – Just great quartet singing, every part is solid and solo capable, but also have the ability to blend together.

DIANA BRANTLEY

  • YES – Definitely!  I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to this album all week!

 

 

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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