Some time ago, I was given the opportunity to review the album Hear Me by singer/songwriter Kyle Sherman. Released in October 2012, the album has a southern-soul/folk-music yet contemporary feel to it. The lyrics are meaningful and heartfelt, not plagued with the mindless repetition that can drag down modern praise music. Some of the songs are somewhat melancholy for me, and I have to be careful what mood I am in when I listen to them, but they always carry a strong message of hope. Sherman's strong voice and guitar deliver the message powerfully. While his personal style is present in all the songs on the album, it is refreshing that the songs each also have their own unique style and do not all sound the same.
Sometimes I really just love to listen to good ol' southern Gospel music, and I loved "Build It On The Rock," written in that genre. I also loved the young voice of Caroline Simpson in "One True Friend." The message of hope and healing runs like a continual thread through all of the songs on the album.
The Album Bio states:
Fort Worth-based singer-songwriter Kyle Sherman recently signed on as the flagship artist to brand new label RayLynn Records, an opportunity that presented itself during a time period when a record deal wasn't even on his radar.
"It's crazy how God works," Kyle says. 'Five years ago, I pushed pretty hard to do my own thing as a singer-songwriter, but every well I approached would dry up. It clearly wasn't the right time." So Kyle continued on a path of leading worship, taking a full-time role as worship leader at Lifechurch.TV's Fort Worth campus under the leadership of renowned pastor/author Craig Groeschel.
Just 3-years later Kyle made it back to Nashville, pouring his heart into a microphone at Sony studio with veteran producer and country singer-songwriter Mark Collie making his first album. God is faithful. Hear Me, the result of those sessions, is an eclectic and authentic mix of rootsy, southern soul.
I highly recommend this album for anyone who loves this type of music, who would like to listen to contemporary praise music that is just a little different from the norm, or who needs this message of healing.
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