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On a Hill - The Gathering
Artist: Various Artists
Label: Essential Records
Length: 14 tracks at 44:05 minutes/seconds
Steve Hindalong and Marc Byrd have again gathered friends and artists to record the third and final City On A Hill alternative praise album. The first two records were full of beautifully written praise music sung by some of CCM's best voices. The series has received a Dove Award, and produced the very popular song "God of Wonders." Now, The Gathering furthers the standard set by the first pair and is another wonderful collection of songs and artists.
What keeps the City On
a Hill series interesting is the collaboration of these voices and
talents throughout the record. Some of the artists on this collection are
Caedmon's Call, Leigh Nash and Sixpence None The Richer, Derri Daugherty
and Steve Hindalong of The Choir, Paul Colman Trio, Jars of Clay, Bebo
Norman, Ginnny Owens, Sara Groves, Christine Glass, and Marc Byrd. The
songs are once again sublime, as is hearing duets like Bebo Norma with
Sixpence singing The Choir's classic "Beautiful Scandalous Night," or Ginny
Owens with Christine Glass vocalizing together on the superb "We Will Trust
You." Other highlights include the cut "Jesus Went To The Garden" featuring
Derri Daugherty, Paul Coleman, Dan Haseltine, Sara Groves, and GlassByrd,
with a nod at the end of the track toward the series' most successful song,
"God of Wonders."
Tony LaFianza 12/14/2003