Kyle Sherman CD Winners Are…

Last Sunday, I reviewed Kyle Sherman’s new CD “Hear Me” and thanks to the wonderful folks over at Propeller Marketing, I am able to give away two CDs of this great album.

The winners are:

  • Gracie
  • Amy M

Congratulations, ladies! I’ll be in touch on getting your CDs to you.

Have a great day!

CD Giveaway! Kyle Sherman “Hear Me”

I’ve been sitting on this album for a few weeks, waiting for the time to listen to it without being interrupted by my wonderful tax deductions. Today was the day.

I feel a little odd reviewing music. I’m not a musician or a vocalist. I either like the music or I don’t. It’s like that old saying, “I don’t know much about art, but I know what I like.” 

I like this CD.

Kyle Sherman is a singer-songwriter originally from Texas.”Hear Me” is a blend of contemporary country, gospel and Memphis blues.  His voice is very appealing to the ear and the lyrics, while simple, are not trite. The blend of the instruments and his vocals are so crisp and produced very well.

In an era where lyrics are often meaningless or tracks are overproduced, “Hear Me’ is a breath of fresh air.

I’m very happy to say that I have TWO CDs to giveaway thanks to the wonderful folks at Propeller Marketing.  To enter, here’s what I need you to do:

1. I’m a bit needy so I need you to “like” my Facebook page.

2. Leave a comment below and tell me what your favorite song is to listen to after a rough day.

3. Subscribe to this blog. (There’s that needy thing again!)

I have two CDS to giveaway and will drop a name from random out of my son’s Captain America hat. A winner will be announced on Monday, October 15th.

I received a review copy of this CD from Propeller Marketing in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a favorable review. 

CD Review and Giveway: Miami Vineyard Live

What happens when a group of people steeped deep in their own musical traditions of Black Gospel, Latin, Caribbean, and Anglo come together to create a new tradition and sound?

What happens when the fusion of Black, Anglo, Latino, Caribbean, and Cuban voices unite together to worship in one voice?

This fantastic CD is what happens.

I must confess that I’ve been pretty burned out on popular worship music after working in churches for the past 9 years. After awhile, things just seem to all sound the same. So I’ve elected to either listen to music released in the late 90s or early 2000 when I first became a Christian because it helps me to remember the fire I had burning in me at the beginning or I listen to classical music when I want to pray or read the Bible.

This is in no way a criticism of music being played in churches today.  I’ve just been burned out and needed a change for awhile.  So when I was asked to review Miami Vineyard’s CD, I postponed for a couple of months. I just didn’t want to listen to any new worship music.

I was so wrong.

The vocals, music and arrangements are so rich and fresh! I’m only familiar with three tracks on this CD. But all of the arrangements were completely new to me and I loved them all. My favorite is: Hallelujah Anyhow.

This CD is a shot of B12 to my spirit and I’m so glad I listened to it.

Propeller Marketing has graciously given me permission to give away a copy of this CD to one of my readers. If you’d like a chance to win, please comment on this post with your name and list something that you were reluctant to try and wound up being happy you did.

I’ll announce a winner on Monday, April 2.  Good luck!

Get In, I’m Driving: Ginny Owens Latest CD (I’m Giving One Away!)

Between the craziness of work, my husband going back to school and Jacob’s marching band schedule, we had a few moments to sit down together as a family last night. We have a dinner time tradition of going around the table and everyone tells what’s the best thing that happened today.

I said mine was running a work related errand, which meant spending about 45 minutes in the car. The weather was glorious yesterday and I was alone.

It was pure bliss having some time all to myself. But the best part was getting to listen to music without interruption. I chose Ginny Owens, “Get In, I’m Driving”.

I love this CD.

Ginny Owens has a wonderful, jazzy, pure voice that I love to listen to. I didn’t find a single track that was “cookie cutter” music. Her voice comes through the song so beautifully.

“Get In, I’m Driving” has a cool vibe that you can’t help but groove along to.

“Rain” is a beautiful, reflective piece.

“The Song” is my favorite. This one makes me wish I could sing.

I tried to describe this CD to Rick and expressed my concern about not being able to do it justice in a review. I said, “It’s really the perfect thing to listen to in the car on the way home from work. I was able to leave the day behind and switch gears to my family.”

Rick said, “There’s your review.”

So there you go.

Propeller  Marketing is graciously allowing me to give away a copy of Ginny’s CD so here’s what I want you to do:

  • Leave a comment on this post telling me what’s your favorite song and why.
  • Subscribe to this blog if you don’t yet.

I’ll post the winner on September 13th which is the drop date of this album.

If you’re not familiar with Ginny Owens, stop by her website: Ginny Owens Music.

“Disclosure of Material Connection: I receive this product mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

 

 

 

 

Rebecca St. James “I Will Praise You” Review And…Giveaway!

I don’t actually sit and listen to music.

I work in the Worship Arts department of my church so part of my job entails listening to recorded versions of the worship music we’ll be singing in weekend services and making sure the power points match.  So technically, I’m listening to music a lot but it’s work.

I sort of listen to music while I’m on the treadmill at the gym but more often than not I let my mind wander.

In order to write a review of Rebecca St. James new CD, “I Will Praise You’ required something new of me.

Actually sitting and listening to music without doing anything else.

I took notes while I listened and I kept using one word over and over…nice.

RSJ has a very nice voice, the arrangements are pleasant to listen to, and mixed well.  Nothing is overwhelming.  And something that I really appreciated…no annoying repetitive choruses.  The lyrics and music are simple but fit together like a glove. It’s not noise.

It’s really quite a pleasant listening experience and I’ve already decided that this CD will be my driving home soundtrack when I leave work.

My favorite song on this CD is “In A Moment”.  It reminds me of the time when I worked for a mega-church in Chicago and the entire staff spent the day away from their desks and had a day of solitude on the church grounds.  This song transported me to the afternoon of sitting on the hillside by the lake. The sun was shining, slight breeze and I watched the Canadian geese take off and land in the water.  I’ve never had a song have that affect on me.

I have two things to offer you, dear reader.

First, there’s a “Listening Party” on Rebecca St. James website.  Click here, enter your email address and you can listen to the first three tracks from this new release.

Second, Propeller Marketing has so graciously offered one reader on this blog to win a CD for themselves.  All you need to do is subscribe to this blog and answer this question in the comments:  What song brings back a good memory for you?  A winner will be chosen on April 11th.

“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products of services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”