Tuesday, April 21, 2015

TURNTABLE TUESDAY - Forever Changed - T. Graham Brown

I was honored to have this CD appear in my mailbox a couple of weeks ago. While I've always enjoyed T. Graham Brown's country music, I was excited to hear about this Gospel album... his first studio album in over ten years.  From the opening track through to the last, I enjoyed every one. While the core is Gospel, there is more soul in this album... true Southern Gospel soul.

T. Graham Brown is the honest, open-hearted person we all look for in a friend. In “HE'LL TAKE CARE OF YOU". T, along with friend Vince Gill give sound advice to anyone thinking there is no hope left.

FROM A STRONGER PLACE comes from the heart of T. Graham Brown. Whether you have struggled with an addiction, a bad relationship or any other negativity, you will understand the importance of finding that stronger place.

Music, like foods, hold a regionalism – their place of origin.  Soul Talk gives us that earthy, timeless soul sound that comes from Georgia, T.’s birthplace.

If you have ever felt as if someone has been your life-line, made a difference in your life, then FOREVER CHANGED is your story and could very well become a classic wedding song.

The incomparable Leon Russell lends his rich bluesy tones to the prayerful SHADOW OF DOUBT.

THE POWER OF LOVE is a testimony of love- a testimony made stronger by the vocal harmonies of 6- time Dove award winners, Jeff & Sheri Easter.

OUT OF THE RAIN is a perfect example of strong gospel praise with that bluesy back beat T. Graham Brown has given us for over three decades.

PEOPLE GET READY carries all the power and praise of a full tent revival. Like any revival, friends from all over have joined T. on this track. Jason Crabb, Leon Russell, Steve Cropper and the Oak Ridge Boys offer up the call.

The Booth Brothers bring their iconic harmonies to “Pillow Of Mercy". We all need that soft place to land when circumstances knock us down.

Like looking for a light at the end of a dark tunnel, “MIDNIGHT RAINBOW" is a song of hope and promise. Southern Gospel trio, Three Bridges help shine that light.

WHICH WAY TO PRAY is more than just a song... it's a delima we all face. Do we pray for our own survival, or for the other person. We are always given a blessing when someone brings awareness to something as unsettling as child abuse and the lasting, invisible scars. T. Graham Brown teamed up with Sonya Isaacs on this heart-wrenching journey and the challenge of what we should ask the Lord for in any situation. I was also not surprised to find this song was co-written with Bill Anderson and Gary Nicholson.

The Oak RidgeBoys return on this track, asking the question “HOW DO YOU KNOW". T. Graham Brown digs deep for the response, offering up the power of truth and love.

WINE INTO WATER is a plea for redemption and the peace to be found there. Gospel artist, Jimmy Fortune is the perfect pairing of this tune as the friend to turn to when you need someone you know you can count on.

FOREVER CHANGED is drenched in a soulful cleansing worthy of this year's Grammy nomination for Best Roots Gospel Album. You only have to listen to any track on this CD one time to know this is so much more than a Gospel album.

I know I seem to give out stars with abandon but only because I am blessed to be given the cream of what is coming out of studios today. Forever Changed is no exception. Whether you like Gospel, Soul, or a gentle mix of both, I think you will enjoy FOREVER CHANGED.

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