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The Ball Brothers – Snowball (2010)

Posted by Matthew On December - 23 - 20103 COMMENTS

The Ball Brothers - Snowball (2010)

Artist: The Ball Brothers

(Andrew, Daniel, Stephen, Joshua & Gibson)
Album: Snowball
Release Date: November 9th, 2010
Style: Blues / Acapella / Quartet
Label: Song Garden Music Group
Location: Chickamauga, GA

The Ball Brothers: Andrew, Daniel, Stephen, Joshua & Gibson

About:

Anyone who thinks a Christian young person is “missing out” on something, has obviously never met the Ball Brothers. These brothers, Andrew, Daniel, Stephen and Josh are young, exciting and love to have a good time doing what God has called them to do. “We like to have fun!”, says Daniel. “No one told us siblings couldn’t be best friends.” The bond these brothers have is an integral part of their unique musical blend. Their youthful energy is apparent to all who meet them and enjoy their exciting live performances. The Ball Brothers showcase a creative confidence and intuitive grasp of harmony that would be rare in artists twice their age.

 

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Take 6 - The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year (2010)

Artist: Take 6
Album: The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
Release Date: October 5th, 2010
Style: Acappella / Jazz / Vocal
Label: Heads Up / Concord Music Group Inc.
Location: Nashville TN, Los Angeles CA

About:

It might be the parties. Or maybe it’s the roasting of chestnuts. Or the caroling out in the snow. Whatever the reason, most people consider the holiday season to be the most wonderful time of the year. That’s certainly the case among the members of Take 6, the a cappella group that has been mixing elements of jazz, gospel, R&B and vintage doo-wop for nearly 25 years. Winners of 10 GRAMMY® Awards, 10 Dove Awards, one Soul Train Award and two NAACP Image Awards, the group has made an indelible musical and cultural mark in the past quarter century whatever the season.

 

Every member of this brilliant vocal team Claude McKnight III, Mark Kibble, Joel Kibble, David Thomas, Dr. Cedric Dent and Alvin Chea has held onto fond childhood memories of the holidays and made them a part of their adult lives. The timeless magic is very much a part of the their new holiday CD, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, a collection of seasonal favorites that are as heartwarming as a crackling fire and a festooned evergreen.

 

Take 6 is: Alvin Chea, Bass; Cedric Dent, Baritone; Joel Kibble, Tenor; David Thomas, Tenor; Mark Kibble, Tenor; Claude McKnight, Tenor

 

The primary objective in the making of the album was to create a sense of familiarity, says McKnight, who founded Take 6 in the ‘80s with some classmates from Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama. “We wanted all the songs on this album to be the kind that people would hear and say, ‘Oh, yeah, I sing that at Christmas time,’” he says. “We each picked songs that we sing with our families every year at the holidays… We just wanted to make a record that would, for most people, just put out a really cool, all-around Christmas vibe.”

 

Mark Kibble, who arranged six of the album’s ten tracks, focused on keeping things simple, yet incorporating some of the harmonic spin that has become the Take 6 trademark. “The basic idea was to just let the Christmas melody ring through, and present it in a way that’s interesting but still familiar,” he says. “You shouldn’t have to bend your ear too hard to enjoy a Christmas song. It should take you right back to those early Christmases when you were a child.”

 

In the end, says Kibble, accessibility was the overriding objective in crafting these holiday tracks. “We wanted to record songs that were simple enough so that anybody listening could follow the melodies and sing along,” he says, “and yet still be ourselves and give a little bit of the harmonic backdrop that Take 6 is known for.”

 

This holiday season, when there’s much mistloeing and hearts are glowing when loved ones are near, sit back with Take 6 and enjoy The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.

 

Take 6 is: Alvin Chea, Bass; Cedric Dent, Baritone; Joel Kibble, Tenor; David Thomas, Tenor; Mark Kibble, Tenor; Claude McKnight, Tenor

Reviews & Opinions:

“I got extremely happy when I heard that Take 6 was coming out with a new Christmas album. On the other hand, I was a bit nervous because I wasn’t sure how this one would stand with the previous 2 Holiday albums (which were amazing). Well, now that I have heard the entire album I can honestly sat that I absolutely love it! The harmonies, for a group that have been around for 20 years, are just perfect! I cannot think of anything negative to say about these guys, their music or voices. I have yet to hear a group (acapella or not) on the same level as these guys. You will not be disappointed by this album. It can be played with family, friends, at parties, etc. Each song still has its classical sound with a spin to it.” - TexasGurl

 

“I’m a pretty big Take 6 fan, as I have all but I think 2 of their albums. So when I heard that they were dropping a project, I HAD to order…and they didn’t disappoint. For their 3rd project, it’s very much similar to some of the arrangements on “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.” It’s full of many familiar Christmas songs that are all altered with their their signature acapella sound.

 

Take 6 is: Alvin Chea, Bass; Cedric Dent, Baritone; Joel Kibble, Tenor; David Thomas, Tenor; Mark Kibble, Tenor; Claude McKnight, Tenor

 

I wouldn’t say that they stretch that much on this project, but that doesn’t mean that the songs lack that stylistic complexity that we always see from the group. The bass exchanges on “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” are simply amazing, and it almost displays the amazing personality that they bring to their live performances. Shelea Frazier joins the group (same singer on their last album who was featured on the song “Someone To Watch Over Me”) and she provides a great contrast to the warmness of the group. Even “The Sugarplum Dance” is fun to listen to. And they had some cool ideas for “White Christmas” and “Jingle Bells”

 

If you’re a Take 6 fan…or just like hearing some amazing vocal arrangements, I’d say that this is a must have. If you’re not hip to Take 6, I’d still say try it out…especially if you like Glee. (Hate I had to reference that, by the way!) Glad they’re still rolling well and making great music. They’re truly jazz (and good music) ambassadors. ” - Brian

 

“This is a very good album! Every song on it is very well done! And, the harmonies, they are just out of this world! “Christmas Time Is Here” is my favorite song on the album, it is so beautiful, but, again, all the songs are very good. I’ll tell you what, if you’re trying to decide on whether or not you should buy the album, stop thinking about it, go ahead and buy it! You will be so glad you did, trust me:) ” - J.T.

 

Take 6 is: Alvin Chea, Bass; Cedric Dent, Baritone; Joel Kibble, Tenor; David Thomas, Tenor; Mark Kibble, Tenor; Claude McKnight, Tenor
Track Listing:
1. It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
2. White Christmas
3. Grinch Intro / The Grinch
4. Sleigh Ride
5. I’ll Be Home For Christmas
6. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
7. The Sugarplum Dance
8. I Saw Three Ships
9. Jingle Bells
10. Christmas Time Is Here

 

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Susan Boyle – The Gift (2010)

Posted by Matthew On October - 28 - 20103 COMMENTS

Susan Boyle - The Gift (2010)

Artist: Susan Boyle
Album: The Gift
Release Date: November 9th, 2010
Style: Acapella / Pop
Label: Integrity / Columbia
Location: Blackburn, Scotland

Susan Boyle

About:

She catapulted to international stardom overnight with 500 million YouTube hits, smashed music records around the world with her triumphant debut album and now Susan Boyle returns with her eagerly awaited second album, The Gift.


The Gift, sees Susan Boyle and world acclaimed producer Steve Mac reunited to present a breathtaking seasonal album. Featuring yule time favourites ‘The First Noel’ and ‘O Holy Night’, Susan also fearlessly takes on iconic pop songs including ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’ and ‘Perfect Day’ giving them a new identity. Also making her musical debut on The Gift is American medic and winner of the International Susan Search, Amber Stassi. Amber & Susan perform a stunning and inimitable rendition of ‘Do you Hear What I Hear’.


Now with a beautiful seasonal album she will, once again, defy critics and preconceptions. Susan explained; “When making this album, I really wanted the songs to touch hearts. Music has always been a companion to me, particularly on special occasions. I wanted there to be a mix of songs that would flow with all our moods this holiday season. As much as the season is a time for reflection, it is also a time for fun and enjoyment with those closest to us.”

Susan Boyle
Track Listing:

1. Perfect Day
2. Hallelujah
3. Do You Hear What I Hear (Duet with Amber Stassi)
4. Don’t Dream It’s Over
5. The First Noel
6. O Holy Night
7. Away in A Manger
8. Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace
9. Auld Lang Syne
10. O Come All Ye Faithful

 

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Artist: Various Artists
Album: 20 All-Time Favorite Hymns
Release Date: June 8th, 2010
Style: Southern Gospel / Bluegrass / Contemporary
Label: Spring Hill Music Group
Location: Various, USA

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About:

Whether you entered the marbled halls of a classic cathedral where you learned catechisms or you sang in the Methodist church choir or you sauntered in casually to that wooden pew in a little white church on the hill, you will not mistake the familiarity and warmth of the classic hymns. Their timeless words ring true from generation to generation, and their tunes can often be sung by children’s chorales worldwide as well as hummed by elderly people at home who can no longer recite the words. There’s something both moving and sacred about the hymn.

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Enjoy 20 All-Time Favorite Hymns, a 2-CD set release that features everything from big band and bluegrass renditions to soft, worshipful arrangements and a capella harmonies. From the inspirational stylings of The Martins and Babbie Mason to the foot-stompin’ fun of Steve “Rabbit” Easter and Wanda Vick (featuring Vestal Goodman), this release has something for everyone while celebrating a history that created a firm foundation that will stand the test of time.

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Track Listing Disc 1:
1. I Sing The Mighty Power Of God – The Hoppers
2. Redeemed – The Martins
3. All Of Me – The Booth Brothers
4. He Keeps Me Singing – Babbie Mason
5. In The Garden – Jeff And Sheri Easter
6. This Little Light Of Mine – Oak Ridge Boys
7. Just As I Am – Steve Easter
8. No One Ever Cared For Me Like Jesus – Ivan Parker
9. Higher Ground – Ponder, Sykes & Wright
10. I Surrender All – Gordon Mote

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Track Listing Disc 2:
1. Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus – Cynthia Clawson
2. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot – Guy Penrod
3. In The Sweet By And By – The Cluster Pluckers
4. Amazing Grace – Oak Ridge Boys
5. What A Friend We Have In Jesus – Wanda Vick
6. Let Us Break Bread Together – Janet Paschal
7. Be Thou My Vision – The Martins
8. When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder – Gordon Mote
9. Rock Of Ages – Cynthia Clawson
10. Live Right, Die Right – Crossway

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The Gospel Music Of The Statler Brothers Volume Two (2010)

Artist: The Statler Brothers
Album: Gospel Music Volume Two
Release Date: May 18th, 2010
Style: Southern Gospel / Quartet / Acapella
Label: Spring House / EMI
Location: Staunton, Virginia

About:

The Gospel Music Of The Statler Brothers Volume Two CD highlights the Statler Brothers’ best-loved gospel performances that takes you deep into the hearts of these four legendary performers.

 

Reviews & Opinions:

“These CDs are the Statler Brothers at their very best. Great country gospel songs sung with inspiration and conviction. These are their all time best country gospel. The harmony is great as always, and the feeling put into each song is completely awesome!” – Grubber

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Track Listing:
1. Turn Your Radio On
2. Just A Little Talk
3. We’ll Soon Be Done with Troubles and Trials
4. I’m Feeling Fine
5. What A Friend We Have In Jesus
6. Revive Us Again
7. Wonderful Words Of Life
8. Fourth Man
9. Farther Along
10. The Other Side Of The Cross
11. Are You Washed In The Blood?
12. Jesus Hold My Hand
13. Hide Thou Me
14. The Eastern Gate
15. Since Jesus Came Into My Heart
16. Keep On The Firing Line
17. Jesus Loves Me
18. Amazing Grace
19. Life’s Railway To Heaven

 

 

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