CD Review: Eighth Day – I’m Gonna Say It

CD Review: Eighth Day – I’m Gonna Say It

eighth-day-im-gonna-say-it-cover-2Song Titles: “I’m Gonna Say It,” “Jesus Knows,” “Even In The Wind,” “He Is Mine,” “Somebody’s Blessing,” “Mercy Among Us,” “It Won’t Be Long,” “Wings,” “Good Lord’s Been Good To Me,” “Waiting For You To Notice Me,” “Rock Of Ages By And By,” “Shadow Of His Hand”

Label: Butler Music Group

RATING: 4 1/2 Stars (on a scale of 1-5 Stars)

Eighth Day had essentially retired from touring when their song “May I Never Get Over The Cross” reached the number one position on the Singing News Top 80 for September 2011. It was the number 3 song overall for that year. Everything Holy, the CD from which the single came,  had been out for two years at that point. Southern Gospel radio continued to program their music well into 2012, placing another single in the Top 10.

Although it’s been six years since Eighth Day last released a CD, I’m Gonna Say It picks up right where they left off. Group members include the returning Scott & Joni Robinson and baritone Derek Parker. Musicians include some of the top names in the business like pianist Jason Webb and Kevin “Swine” Grantt, a local man from my area who made it big playing bass guitar for some of Nashville’s top Country acts. I had to laugh when I saw one musician listed as “Unknown Man.” He is credited for playing a train whistle.

The title track kicks off  I’m Gonna Say It with an energetic Country feel followed by the mid-tempo “Jesus Knows” featuring Joni’s distinct soprano vocals. The pace slows for “Even In The Wind” then steps back up to mid-tempo for “He Is Mine.”

The fifth selection is the first of two songs that weren’t written or co-written by the CD’s producer, Monty Lane Allen. “Somebody’s Blessing” is a Sue C. Smith/John Lemonis/Kenna West collaboration, another stand-out ballad featuring Joni. “Mercy Among Us” also features Joni on a Lee Black/Kenna West/Wendy Wills song.

The greatest musical departure on this CD is “It Won’t Be Long.” This track still has a Country slant in the instrumentation, but there’s a little more attitude than you might expect from Eighth Day. I like it! “Good Lord’s Been Good To Me” goes the other direction with more of a throwback, old-time Country feel. It’s a tip of the hat to the Texas swing style to a certain extent. The remaining songs include three more ballads titled “Wings,” “Waiting For You To Notice Me” and “Shadow Of His Hand” and another mid-tempo track similar to “He Is Mine” titled “Rock Of Ages By And By.”

I’m happy to report that this trio’s return is at the same standard their fans were accustomed to hearing in the past. I’m Gonna Say It has me hoping to catch Eighth Day in a concert setting soon.


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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. Reply September 15, 08:32 #1 Chris Unthank

    This is a great CD! Scott and Joni Robinson are two of my absolute favorite people in this business. I got to fill in for Derek one weekend in none other than the Cayman Islands, and there’s really where I got to see the true heart for ministry that this couple has. People should not hesitate to get this recording!

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