Two for the Road
For its new duets album, Bless the Broken Road (Curb), Selah took an unusually personal approach.
Change is rarely easy, but it can often yield wonderful results. One of the best examples is Selahï¿½s new project Bless the Broken Roadï¿½The Duets Album which released last month. The CD features Selah founding members Todd Smith and Allan Hall along with newest member Amy Perry and a variety of duet partners, among them Cynthia Clawson, Jason and Adam Crabb, Plumb, BarlowGirl, Kim Hill, Nicole C. Mullen and Selah alum Melodie Crittenden.
Crittenden had joined the trio in early 2005 after the departure of Todd Smithï¿½s sister (and founding member) Nicol Sponberg. After six months of Selahï¿½s hectic schedule, Crittenden opted to exit the group to concentrate on starting a family. Smith and Hall supported her decision, and they all remain good friends.
Both guys admit after Crittenden left, they really prayed about whether the group should continue. Hall talked to his pastor and began questioning whether ï¿½this chapter might be over and it might be time to move on.ï¿½
ï¿½It was really scary,ï¿½ adds Smith, ï¿½because music is what I always wanted to do. If I had a 9 to 5 job, Iï¿½d get fired because Iï¿½d forget to go to work or Iï¿½d be so late.ï¿½
Feeling God leading them to continue, Smith and Hall decided to record a duets album that would incorporate performances from some of their favorite singers. They also began auditioning for a new female member. Thatï¿½s when they met Amy Perry, a vivacious California transplant who had taken up residence in Nashville.
ï¿½She just had the whole package,ï¿½ says Smith. ï¿½She could sing great as a soloist. She could blend great. She could harmonize great. She was just a great learner, and you could just tell by her spirit and attitude that sheï¿½d be great to have in the group.ï¿½
Hall was equally impressed: ï¿½When she came in and sang, in my heart that was when God was saying, ï¿½Here she is, and this is it. Youï¿½re going to be fine.ï¿½ And itï¿½s been amazing.ï¿½
Perry is happy to be part of the trio. ï¿½The guys have made it so easy and made it so thereï¿½s no pressure,ï¿½ she says.
Perry does realize she has pretty big shoes to fill. ï¿½I know there are going to be people who like Nicol better, and thatï¿½s just how itï¿½s going to be. Thatï¿½s alright. You donï¿½t have to love me as much as you love herï¿½just be nice to me, and Iï¿½m all good,ï¿½ she says with a big smile.
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