Reviewed by Nigel Harris
Gotee, Sarah's record company, say, "The opening chorus of the first song on Sarah Kelly's 2008 release, third album 'Born To Worship', really does say it all: 'It's a brand new day/And I'm free to live and I'm free to love/In a whole new way.'" You can't argue with that! Sarah's vocal versatility shines through this album, from tracks like "You Overwhelm Me" where she sounds like a gritty Norah Jones, to the reminiscence of the simple vulnerability of Sixpence None The Richer's Leigh Bingham Nash on "Amazing Grace". However, she seems most at home on the upbeat worship anthems like "Brand New Day", "Beautiful God" and the title track. Hailing from Rockford, Illinois, Sarah began her musical journey at age 22, when her pastor asked her to lead worship. Less than a year later she found herself with seven record deal offers and a Grammy nomination! With a voice that could have nailed jazz, country or hard rock she says, "I think if I had to categorise my music, it would be called 'worship evangelism'.I love to worship.and I understand where non-Christians are coming from. In fact, I don't try to 'win' them, but rather take the journey with them. God draws them to himself on his own doing!" Most of the songs are Sarah's own compositions, superbly produced by Mitch Dane and featuring some top Nashville musicians. This limited edition version also includes acoustic versions of six of the tracks, which are a real treat in themselves and demonstrate what a great solo performer Sarah is when stripped of all the backing musicians and singers. If pop/rock worship with a strong contemporary feel sounds like your cup of tea, I can recommend this powerful album.
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|Acclaimed singer-songwriter Sarah Kelly returns to her roots as a praise and worship leader and delivers Born To Worship, an 11 song collection of songs written and arranged by Kelly. The album contains the core of songs that Sarah has been taking to churches around the world the past two years. Highlights include “Faithful Father,” “Sit
With You Awhile” and the lead single, “Brand New Day”. Produced by Mitch Dane (Jars Of
Clay), this record is a beautiful and honest portrait of an artist at the heart of her identity.
Limited Edition only available in Europe, Includes 6
acoustic recordings of new tracks on this album.