- reviewed by Christa Banister Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2006 1 Jun
- Givin' It All
- You Are Everything
- Lift You Up
- So Amazing
- My Soul
- Now That You Are in My Life
- Turn Your World Around
- All or Nothing
- That's What Daddies Do
- I Want to Know You More
Jeff Morris long dreamed of making a career as a singer, and after serving in the U.S. military and the Gulf War for several years, those aspirations were about to become reality as he landed a major-label deal with a subsidiary of Sony Records.
Before Morris would ever get the chance to become a household name, however, the label went belly-up, and he ended up waiting tables to support his family. And while that development might've been devastating to most, Morris now sees it as one of God's blessings in disguise.
"It was the best thing that could've happened to me when the record label went out of business," Morris says. "I wasn't even officially an artist, and I was already immersed into the whole scene of drugs and alcohol. I was so into 'me' that I didn't see all the people I was hurting, especially my wife. God got into my face big time about my selfishness."
While tough times certainly aren't a prerequisite for making captivating music, an understanding of Morris' own journey makes the songs on
But with tracks like the buoyant opener "Givin' It All" and the tender, surprisingly non-cheesy ode to his daughters on "That's What Daddies Do," it's clear that Morris can hold his own. And while there's an instance or two of the typical, trite Christian music sentiments on "Turn Your World Around," there are far more moments of genuine encouragement to be uncovered as Morris has learned the difference between "singing for yourself to make yourself the star" and making his music an offering to God.
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