Maria Long - Here With Me

Published Monday 23rd April 2007
Maria Long - Here With Me
Maria Long - Here With Me

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 23391-12526
LABEL: Independent ML1100306

Reviewed by Allan Clare

From the first track you know you are in for a quality production - this singer/songwriter from Arkansas' voice reminded me very much of Lou Fellingham's (ie, superb) and the style is similar to Lou's too. This is a very good album indeed, with lyrics that either focus on Maria's relationship with God ("Alive In You", "Saved By Grace") or call out to those who don't know Him ("Call On Him"). There's radio friendly electric guitar pop with the very catchy title track, while the track "Stained" has a rootsy Latino vibe, but the overall sound is of contemporary pop-rock with the emphasis on rock. These days we expect quality production, superb musicianship and excellent vocals, and "Here With Me" scores high on all these counts, but what I really liked about this debut was the lyrical weight. I was blessed! If you want some quality Christian lyrics to get your teeth into while you sing along to catchy pop-rock numbers, then this album won't disappoint.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Rosiewoo. in UK!! @ 12:02 on May 9 2007

Theres just so much to say and most of it has been said!!

This CD is amazing! The lyrics speak straight to the heart and anyone will be able to relate straight to the songs on some kind of level. Also the vocals and music are outstanding! Definitely spiritually uplifting. God has greatly blessed Maria and her ministry and I pray he continues to do so!

Posted by luk in Berrien Spirngs, MI @ 01:50 on May 3 2007

I hope maria makes it nationwide. In Love is the best song from The CD!

Posted by Kristi in Riverview, FL @ 01:32 on Apr 28 2007

Maria Long Rocks! She has such an amazing passion for the Lord and spreads that passion through her music. It's so wonderful to see the lives she impacts for Christ with her music. One of my favorites is In Love, it makes me think about one day meeting up with all my friends and singing with the One we love. May God continue to use her to touch lives for Him!

Posted by Cathy Anne in NY @ 20:39 on Apr 26 2007

Maria is a blessing. When you hear her sing you can feel it in your spirit and you know she does too! I really like Stained -- it puts it out there.
God bless Maria and her ministry.

Posted by Bessie in Western Washington @ 04:06 on Apr 26 2007

I've had the real honor of meeting Maria at a youth camp, here in Washington. She, along with her bandmates, make awesome music.

My favorite song of her's has got to be "Here With Me." You can't not listen to that song and not fall in love with it.

Posted by Beauty in Guam @ 23:25 on Apr 25 2007

Hello Maria!
Honetly i feel funny calling you by your first name...
i think i am use to calling "Teacher"
well, i agree with the others who have recently posted comments....Maria you are a amazing person and you have the sweetest voice in the whole wide world.....i mean, to you still remember back in those days when our whole school would come just to hear you sing in chapel? those are memories i could never forget.....
You are the best and you rock! I love all your favorites are (So in LOve) and (Deliver me) sure know how to reach out to those who dont' know God......Love you!!!!!...

let us all give it up for MARIA GOMEZ LONG......wink***clap........

Posted by Dark Horse Promotion in Florida @ 23:06 on Apr 25 2007

We help support & promote various genres and levels of artists and I must say that upon hearing Maria's music for the first time I knew we had to try and help her some how. Her quality of lyrics are rare even in mainstream christian music. We are bound to hear much more from this young lady. I am honored to have befriended Maria and look forward to working a lot with her in the future. God's hand is obviously upon this young ladies ministry. She is truly a blessing!!

Posted by Thomas Johnson in USA.. Wisconsin @ 21:12 on Apr 25 2007

Maria Long's cd, "Here with me" preety much will bring God w/it and He will be there w/yoo!

Cuz of her anointed voice and wonderful band...

The production is AWESOME

Lotsa sweet guitars..acoustic & electric both. Which is good. Yaa... :)

Maria is on my top friends on myspace and always will be, cuz she is sweet/sincere and blesses me with .. just who she is.

This cd is a wonderful testimony about a special lady .. my sister in Christ Maria..and is a fine witness for God from start to finish.

Love ya Maria Long. Thanks.


Thomas J.

Posted by Jeffrey in In Berrien Springs, MI @ 20:57 on Apr 25 2007

Maria Long is a great singer and artist i remember her from Ruth Murdoch Elementary School she was the best guitar teacher ever everyone said

She can do anything shes really close to God and you could just tell by listening to her music her Album here with me is amazing so go on maria and do it all for God.

Posted by vern in cedar rapids iowa @ 20:34 on Apr 25 2007

maria is one awesome person that not just sings but believes in what she sings. MARIA LONG ROCKS

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