STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 157970-23393 LABEL: Elevation ELE2107D FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2015-09-05 RRP: £12.99
Reviewed by Stephen Luff
Jonathan needs very little introduction to attendees of events such as Spring Harvest and he is also, of course, an established opera singer. This is album 12 since his debut 'Classic Hymns' in the early '90s. 'It Is Well' presents well-known worship songs and hymns such as "In Christ Alone" (Getty/Townend) and "Take My Life" (Havergal) alongside mainstream MOR evergreens like "Wind Beneath My Wings" and Carole King's "You've Got A Friend". The difference between Jonathan and other purveyors of smooth easy listening is his interpretative powers make each song his own while there is considerable freshness in the arrangements. His voice is everything you would expect from such an accomplished artist, sounding as rich and full as ever. The opera singer that tries to cross the musical divide between classical and pop is walking a very thin line, however Jonathan makes it his own category!
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Jonathan Veira is a man of many talents. His ability to engage people from different backgrounds with his empassioned vocal delivery, comedy and charisma is outstanding. Known for Opera as well as power ballads and story-telling songs, his new album is a much anticipated release.
Recorded in Nashville, the track choice is a genius mix between faith classics such as ‘When Peace Like A River (It Is Well)’ and ‘In Christ Alone’ to the magnificent Les Miserables song ‘Stars’ to the popular ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’. Throughout, Jonathan’s voice shines atop a musical framework that never takes centre stage – that position belongs to the voice of Veira and he occupies that space extremely well!