Debra Collins - What I Believe

Tuesday 1st October 1996
Debra Collins - What I Believe

STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop
RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
LABEL: Christian Music Ministries CMM021
FORMAT: Cassette Album

Reviewed by Pippa Rimmer

Midlands-based Debra Collins is not a familiar name in CCM circles. After hearing this, I have to say that I am surprised she has not been signed up by a mega label. Her voice is huge: it's powerful, rich, passionate, engaging, the standout feature on this album. There are no self-penned songs, unfortunately. However, our Debs does justice to Margaret Becker's "Who Am I", a beautifully heartfelt prayer reflecting on Jesus' care. Nestling comfortably next door is "Miracle Of Mercy" by Steven Curtis Chapman, which lends itself well to Debra's tones. Her voice range spans from shrill highs to sultry lows. Personally, I think she's best suited to the lower ranges. Other artists' songs that get an airing include Noel and Tricia Richards, Sheila Walsh and "Say The Name," co-written by Margaret Becker and Charlie Peacock. Great bit of flute on "By Your Side", by the way. Only the fact that it's a whole album of covers holds it back.

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