CD Review: Ian Owens – Ain’t Misbehavin’


Ian Owens is the bass singer for the popular quartet, Soul’d Out. He is about to release his first solo album, Ain’t Misbehavin’. Ian has been involved in Gospel Music for 14 years and in bass years, he still is a baby. What will his voice not sound like in another 14 years? Here are a few of my thoughts on this upcoming release.

For me, it is always a refreshing experience to hear a bass “singing” and not just as low as they can go. Ian’s range is well showcased by the variety of styles, genres and notes that are incorporated across the album. I imagine this album is pressed from a collection of favourite songs and reveals his core influences. It is a well produced, balanced album which flows nicely, with a good blend of the fast, slow, mid tempo, serious and more fun songs. You will hear the low parts of his voice, the higher range, the ability to take a good lead. There are few bass singers that I could listen to for an entire album. George Younce was always one of them and I can now add Ian Owens to that list.

The low down cut to the last note on Ghost Riders In The Sky has shades of the Tim Riley. Ian shifts gears and utilises a few baritone notes for the more country influenced songs such as, Thing Called Love, Long Black Train and Teach Me Lord. Equally impressive is the cover of a favourite Elvis tune of mine, Run On. It is true to the Elvis version in terms of arrangement, but Ian adds a pinch of energy to his vocals and goes for it! This approach pays off, it is one of my most played tracks so far. Even a tender ballad isn’t out of the way for Ian, with a delightful, touching rendition of My Mind Forgets. Kudos for moving away from the Cathedral Quartet versions of This Old House and utilising a Shakin’ Stevens feel to the song. This keeps it fresh.

Great bass singers know when to unload the low stuff and when the blend is more important, if my musically limited ears are correct, Ian has the ability to do both and this makes him a very capable singer with a very good solo project.

Track Listing

1. Ain’t Misbehavin’

2. Run On

3. Teach Me Lord

4. This Old House

5. Long Black Train

6. My Mind Forgets

7. A Thing Called Love

8. That’s Why I Love To Call His name

9. Ghost Riders In The Sky

10. What a Wonderful World

Philip Boles

Philip is the biggest Southern Gospel fan in Northern Ireland and possibly outside of the USA. He sings with a Northern Irish trio called, "Solid Ground" and blogs when spare time allows. You can follow Philip on Twitter.

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  1. Reply October 24, 10:16 #1 Diana Brantley

    Thanks for the review, Philip! I have this CD and have enjoyed it immensely. I love the variety – from show tunes to country to southern gospel – and can feel Ian’s personality coming through on all of the selections he has chosen. I highly recommend this album!

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