Kelly Willard - Garden

Saturday 1st February 1992
Kelly Willard - Garden

STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop
RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
LABEL: Asaph 1054

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

I am continually telling anyone who'll listen that Kelly Willard is "one of the great voices of Christian music". And she is, her magical tone and silky swoops and swerves making it a perfect instrument to caress every nuance out of a melody. As a session singer she's sung on literally hundreds of Christian music albums and not just backups - she's done many a moving lead vocal on anonymous praise albums. So her inability to deliver a truly Grade A album of her own is one of the continuing frustrations of the Christian music counter culture. The problem here is the same as before, a lumpen production (if Brown Bannister is CCM's production Manchester United, Kelly's husband is its Tranmere Rovers) with oh-so-predictable DX-7 intros and with no discernable dynamics in the arrangements, even when Kelly's often-lovely melodies are crying out for an arranger's skill. With a breathtaking voice like hers, 'Garden' isn't completely without merit but it's definitely not the album we were hoping for.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Don in state of Delaware @ 16:14 on May 12 2011

Yes, I agree with writer Tony Cummings; the voice of Kelly is a heavenly instrument that we are so blessed to hear. I have this cd, glad to have it in my ever-
growing ccm library of music. I love her cover of ccm artist Julie Miller's "Love Will Find You"; Julie recorded this song the year prior on her first solo project.
CCM Artist Lenny LeBlanc adds his fine polished voice for the song's bgv's. Lenny also provides duet vocals for the song he co-wrote, "Love Them(Dare to Love the Children);a song still needed for today! I love how she covered early gospel pioneer Danibelle Hall's 1975 " Like A Child" The songs on this cd really project Kelly's vocals at their brightest. I love "Heart of a Servant", a song of pure beauty. Milton Carroll who duets on "Who will Bring the Children.." sounds like ccm artist Bruce Carroll; IS IT HIM? Or a brother to Bruce?ANYONE KNOW THAT CAN HELP OUT? Kelly's title song was co-written by top notch songwriter,
Claire Cloninger:listen to Kelly's recitation of Isaiah 58
it so befits the song. Kelly self-penned the beautiful
"Sent From Above"; a song even to be played during the Christmas season. WOW! 20 years have gone by since the release of this cd. GOD Bless!-Don

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