STYLE: Southern Gospel RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 117730-18511 LABEL: Stow Town 643157417392 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2011-09-12 RRP: £9.99
Reviewed by Dave Brassington
Having seen the Collingsworth Family on several TV programmes, this new release just confirms what an easy on the ear listening experience this group is. There are some good new songs on this CD such as "Tell The Mountain", the very catchy "Jesus Is All I Need" and "I Pray" plus some older material, such as the opener "God's Family" and the closing track "The Resurrection Morn" written by Bill and Gloria Gaither many years ago. All six members of the family are featured vocalists and the accompaniment is quite lush at times, however in my opinion a more upbeat approach on a couple of tracks would have considerably improved the appeal of the album. I also have one gripe about the fairly new song "Nothing's Worrying Me" as whilst the lyric is very good, the tune is a carbon copy of the old Crystal Gayle hit of many years ago "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue".
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Phil and Kim Collingsworth can’t help but smile when fans compare their group to the family singers in 'The Sound Of Music', the beloved classic family film. Of course, Phil and Kim only have four children and are from the state of Ohio, not 1930s Austria, but a family group like this only comes along once in a generation and when the quality of the music is this rich and timeless, everyone pays attention and tries to find ways to describe them. Ernie Haase certainly noticed when they were featured on the Gaither Homecoming tour – he knew immediately that he wanted their compelling and memorable music to be part of the StowTown record label.
As the Collingsworth children have grown into teenagers and young adults, they are becoming award-winning artists in their own right, and Kim Collingsworth is widely known as a show-stopping piano performer.
Concert-goers have grown to feel so connected to Phil, Kim, Brooklyn, Courtney, Phillip and Olivia that they feel amost a part for the family, appropriately the title of their new CD release.
The Collingsworth Family continues to perform all over the world, sharing their story, their music and their love for God.