STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 164057-25450 LABEL: Integrity Music 0000768689127 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2017-03-31 RRP: £12.99
Reviewed by Ian Whitwood
Having been established as a top Christian female vocalist for 21 years with 15 highly rated albums to her credit, the Latin pop singer, having slipped from view after marrying Salvador's Nick Gonzalez, has her first CD out for five years. Producers David Leonard and Chris Bevins help this most gifted of singers to deliver a quality musical feast of 10 top rate tracks. "Great Are You Lord" sums up her and her husband's faith and focus with the words "It's your breath in our lungs, so we pour out our praise to you only." Impressive vocal support from Nick characterised by their beautiful harmonies places this track alongside the best on the album. On the title track Jaci sings of her motivation, "You lift me up/My heart is wide open," and the musical production is slick and powerful. Most of the album's songs increase in intensity as Jaci's faith-fuelled passion takes hold of the lyrics and enhances their message. This is especially evident in "God Who Moves The Mountains" with its subtle opening that develops into a powerful tribute to a mighty God. Jaci's experience of her son's autism and her own personal battles are reflected in "It's Never As Dark As It Seems To Be" with a reverberating undercurrent of electronic sound opening this song of encouragement. The penultimate track is the worshipful "Praise The King". Clearly the CCM veteran has lost none of her ability to bring controlled emotion to songs of faith and commitment.
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Jaci Velasquez is set to release Trust on March 31st, 2017 with Integrity Music. The new album is a blend of pop with acoustic and electronic elements and is the first project in 5 years for this Dove Award winning artist with 16 No. 1 radio hits and 6 gold and platinum albums to her credit. The title reflects the albums overarching theme that shines through worshipful songs like God Who Moves The Mountains, Trust You, Rest and Its Never As Dark As It Seems To Be. It is a topic Jaci knows well as the mother of a young son facing the challenges of Autism.
Produced by David Leonard (All Sons & Daughters) and Chris Bevins (Salvador, Phillips Craig & Dean), Trust includes new songs penned by Jaci and her husband Nic Gonzales (Salvador) along with some of her favourites from writers including David Leonard, Martin Smith and Dove Award winner Michael Farren. Jaci is a Billboard Latin Music Award winner with five Spanish albums to her credit. In addition to writing, recording and serving as an advocate for Autism awareness, Jaci is also a radio personality and hostess for music industry events including the SESAC Christian Music Awards and the Dove Awards.
Great Is Your Faithfulness
Lay It At The Cross
God Who Moves The Mountains
Great Are You Lord
I Will Call
It’s Never As Dark As It Seems To Be
Praise The King
Sound Of Your Kingdom