- reviewed by Christa Banister Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2007 1 Jun
- You Are Everything
- Lay it Down
- You Are Holy
- Am I Good Enough?
- I Wanna Be Like Him
- Let it Go
- Search Me (Psalm 139)
- I Am Free
There's a quote in singer/songwriter Christina Paul's bio that sounds like the understatement of the century, and I'm fairly confident that it wasn't meant to be tongue-in-check:
"There have been some pretty solid jumps in terms of life lately. Beginning with my arranged marriage and relocating to the U.S., to being a mom for a baby girl and having a full-time job as a computer programmer. I also serve the Lord in our Church, Victorious Life, on the praise and worship leadership team, am a small group leader and am releasing my debut album in English…wow!"
Wow, indeed. It's these varied life experiences that inform Paul's work and make her debut so impressive. Oh, and it certainly doesn't hurt that her beautiful soprano voice is reminiscent of Rachael Lampa or early Jaci Velasquez.
Born in India to parents who were also Christian recording artists, Paul started honing her chops at a young age, something that shows in the confident delivery of praise-focused songs like the soulful opener "You Are Everything" and the buoyant, jazzy strains of "Lay it Down." Ultimately, it's the slower, more contemplative material (the piano ballad "You Are Holy" and the thoughtful "Am I Good Enough?") where her voice really has a chance to shine. Thankfully, unlike a lot of female singers with diva chops, she also has the gift of restraint, which makes the high notes she hits all the more memorable.
The album is certainly an enjoyable listen musically speaking, but it's the clear-cut message of trusting in God at all costs that truly resonates here. And between he vocal skills and her colorful life, you truly get a sense that Paul believes what she's singing.
"Every time I walk out the door of my house, I meet so many people who look so lost and empty, and my heart is burdened to tell them about Jesus," Paul shares. "He is the only One that can fill the void in their lives. And we're called to be His disciples … I want to use the talent He has given me for a purpose—to encourage other believers and to go beyond the walls of the church and change lives and bring people to Him."
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