Johnny Parks Band - Break The Silence

Published Monday 3rd March 2008
Johnny Parks Band - Break The Silence
Johnny Parks Band - Break The Silence

RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 32968-13464
LABEL: Survivor SURCD5095
RELEASE DATE: 2007-11-30
RRP: £12.99

Reviewed by Jamie Hailstone

The atmospheric introduction to the opening track tells you this is no ordinary praise and worship CD. "Brand New Day" kicks in with sound effects and then Mikey Randon's powerhouse drums propel the song into action. Johnny Parks is already well established as a worship leader both in Northern Ireland and the US, having toured with Chris Tomlin, but 'Break The Silence' promises to give him a higher profile. It certainly has some big names attached to it, including Matt Redman and Tim Hughes, who co-wrote some of the songs with Johnny. The CD was also engineered by Shane Wilson, who has worked with the David Crowder Band and Michael W Smith. There's also an appearance by part-time Snow Patrol member Iain Archer on guitars. But what sets apart this CD from the competition is the Celtic influence in both the music and the songs. Although it is a modern, guitar-driven album, there are snatches of fiddle and Uillean pipes. Several of the songs are inspired by Northern Ireland's troubled history, including "The Troubles Are Over" and "Walls". By incorporating themes like social justice, Johnny Parks delivers a CD which is free of the normal clichés which sometimes drag modern praise and worship albums down with "Great Church" being a real highlight. 'Break The Silence' is one of the most original praise albums of the year and deserves a wide audience.

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Product Description
Recorded in Dublin’s legendary Windmill Lane studios, Belfast and Nashville there is a fresh sound that merges the alternative with a strong authentic Irish influence. ‘Break The Silence’ was crafted together in the studio with Johnny’s band, Nashville engineer Shane Wilson (David Crowder Band, Passion Live, Michael W Smith) and additonal input from singer songwriter and part time Snow Patrol member Iain Archer to bring us anthemic and inspiring worship.

Reader Comments

Posted by Matthew Duke in N.Ireland @ 01:11 on Jan 4 2008

Awesome album, so real and powerful each song really pushes the boundaries with each melodic phrase!This is a must BUY!!! Can't wait for the tour!
Irish TOUR!
Resonate presents Johnny Parks Band & Mark Ferguson Band-27th Jan 2008, 7pm Jethro centre, Lurgan..
Tickets online @
A nite not to be missed!!!

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