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Artist Of My Soul

Artist Of My Soul

Will the real Sandi Patty please stand up?

You’ll have to pardon me for asking, but that is exactly what came to mind when first I listened to Artist of My Soul.

I should probably admit up front: I’m a Baptist, and this has affected me in countless ways that only Baptists can understand. As it relates to music, my church-rearing has reduced Sandi Patty to a shadow of the person, the singer she really is (way, way beyond even what Jenny Craig has done for her), and not to her benefit, I’m afraid.

Years and years of listening to Sandi-wannabes belt out their best Patty-effort to a celluloid symphony on Sunday morning stages all across the country has dazed and confused many who thought they knew what Sandi Patty could do. Some of you have probably been on that stage contributing to the confusion. That’s okay. You had good intentions. But it is time now to take a deep breath, close our eyes, empty our heads and listen again to the glorious gift God has given this woman.

Artist of My Soul gives us the chance to hear the real deal, the beautiful, powerful, interpretive voice of an original unlike we’ve ever heard her before. There is a clarity here that undoubtedly reflects God’s work in her life.

Produced by Robbie Buchanan and carried on the symphonic wings of the London Studio Orchestra, this project would be worth listening to if presented as an instrumental. The subtle percussion in "Breathe On Me," and the beautiful orchestral postlude of "You Give Me Wings" are just a couple of the magical musical moments. Ah, but the songs themselves.... There is a whole crop of songwriters here who, if there is any justice in Dove-ville, will be scrambling over each other competing for the honor. They’ve obviously learned a thing or two: write a great lyric and get the Inspo Queen to make it sing. And sing she does!

Kevin Stokes’ and Tony Wood’s "You Love Me" has an Alan Mencken, "Disney hit maker" quality, but instead of "Beauty and the Beast" these lyrics speak of the intimate way God knows and loves us. The Joel Lindsay-penned "You Set Me Free" sings the present tense glories of freedom in Christ, a deserving partner for Cindy Morgan’s "I Will Be Free."

Rick Vale’s incredible arrangement of "I Will Sing the Wondrous Story" with its lush Celtic pipes and church bells will send Baptists of every stripe into an absolute glory fit (Baptists know what that means). You’ve never heard it like this. Francis Rowley, who penned the classic in 1886, must be staring down from heaven with his mouth open in amazement that such a beautiful thing could come from the 21st century.

All that to say, add these songs up (you probably won’t want to skip one), and the price of the CD seems perfectly reasonable.

Some might argue that Sandi Patty, in her heyday of the mid-to-late ’80s, was overrated as a vocalist. To be perfectly frank, I’ve fallen on that side of the fence before. But even Baptists can change their minds, once the clouds of confusion have rolled away.

The real Sandi Patty has stood up here. And she’s much, much better than I remembered.

 

ALBUM TRACKS

 
Song Title Length Play Price Buy MP3
 
Artist Of My Soul
Album: Artist Of My Soul
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Always
Album: Artist Of My Soul
3:26 Buy Song
 
Breathe On Me
Album: Artist Of My Soul
3:30 Buy Song
 
You Love Me
Album: Artist Of My Soul
4:46 Buy Song
 
You Set Me Free
Album: Artist Of My Soul
6:03 Buy Song
 
Birds Still Dance
Album: Artist Of My Soul
4:17 Buy Song
 
You Alone
Album: Artist Of My Soul
3:58 Buy Song
 
Speechless
Album: Artist Of My Soul
4:58 Buy Song
 
I Will Sing The Wondrous Story
Album: Artist Of My Soul
4:00 Buy Song
 
Come To Me
Album: Artist Of My Soul
4:45 Buy Song
 
Doxology
Album: Artist Of My Soul
4:20 Buy Song
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Le Voyage
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The Edge Of The Divine
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(October 2009)
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(February 2009)
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(December 2008)
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(August 2008)
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(October 2007)
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(July 2005)
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(July 2005)
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(March 2004)
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Morning Like This
(March 2004)
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(February 2003)
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(January 2001)
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