These are recent releases from major-label artists whose latest projects deserve a mention before the year goes any farther.
The second Daywind release for Wilburn & Wilburn builds upon the previous, breakthrough effort. Although the stylistic formula changes in minor areas on Here Comes Sunday, the vocals are ‘king’ from start to finish. Jordan & Jonathan Wilburn perform an excellent cover of Jason Crabb’s Dove-winning tune, “Joseph.” Similar in its set-up to a popular tune focusing on Joseph’s wife, the song is the best duo example for the entire project. Jordan and Jonathan show their vocal expertise on the first two songs, “Here Comes Sunday” and “Funeral Plans.” The same issue occurs on Here Comes Sunday in addition to their previous effort, Family Ties, – - not enough duo-ONLY vocals. However, the backing vocals stay to their volume levels instead of overriding the lead vocals.
Hits: Joseph, Funeral Plans, Here Comes Sunday, Man like Me
Similar to their 2009 release, Naturally…an Almost a Cappella Collection, the Isaacs use a similar approach to The Living Years. The group explores more Country influences with this project with a traditional Country perspective (not the modern Pop-infused Country). As the Isaacs ably show with the GT Speer tune, “Daniel Prayed,” they have thick vocals to take a quartet-style song and make it a family trio performance without straying from the original arrangement’s shell. Tunes like “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘bout the Good Ole’ Days)” and “The Living Years” express the raw desire for simplicity. This tender emotion is the best meeting for the instrumentation, vocals, and the lyrics.
Hits: Grandpa (Tell Me ‘bout the Good Ole’ Days), The Living Years, Daniel Prayed
These Truths – Old Paths
Building upon success with their last release, Right Now!, the Old Paths move to the Sonlite label for Crossroads Music in the album, These Truths. The song features a skillful blend of tunes from today and yesterday. “Long Live the King” shows the powerful vocals lead vocalist, Tim Rackley, offers the group. This well-written ballad exudes a standing ovation for its lyrical & vocal strength. The project offers fans solid treatment of classics, “We Are Those Children” and “God’s Gonna Do the Same.” Tenor vocalist, Jeremy Peace, raises the rafters with well-executed ballads, “Isn’t That Why He Came” and “God Said I Love You.” The Old Paths have quickly become the ‘talk of the town’, and These Truths shows their strength and staying power in the Southern Gospel history books.
Hits: Long Live the King, Love Them to Jesus, Isn’t That Why He Came, God Said I Love You