- reviewed by Christa Banister Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2005 1 Jan
- I Belong to Love
- Hand to the Plow
- Audience of One
- Waiting on You
- The Best of Me
- October Brings Me Down
- Falling Back to Earth
- Dying for a Change
- Sweet Georgia Rain
Hailing from the Atlanta music scene, singer/songwriter Chip Houston gave up his steady gig as a history teacher in 2001 to pursue his musical ambitions. A risky move, perhaps, but one that's seemed to pay off as he's been able to extensively tour the Southeast area, playing everywhere from morning TV and radio shows, to a George Foreman charity boxing event, to the famed Eddie's Attic where John Mayer got his start. And with plenty of life experiences to draw on-from being newly married to time spent on the road-he's also been able to hone his songwriting craft in the process. As a result of the extra effort, Houston's latest,
While retaining the catchy pop/rock sensibilities of his debut, Chasing the Dark, the overall sound of
Another positive element is how his faith and Christian worldview are evident without feeling too forced or heavy handed, making him accessible to both Christian and mainstream audiences. While probably not a deliberate move, it makes Houston more marketable to potential label suitors. "My (music) is not necessarily Christian," Houston said in an interview before his CD release party in Atlanta. "I write an equal number of pain and relationship songs, and some about God as well."
Also helping matters is having Jars of Clay producer Mitch Dane's fingerprints on the project. With the less is more approach and varied instrumentation that made Jars'
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