Artist: Point of Grace and Friends
In a Phrase: It's not a groundbreaking album musically, but it will serve as a great worship soundtrack for the Girls of Grace conferences and for Point of Grace fans across the country.
Scheduled Street Date: Aug. 20,2002
Point of Grace's new venture, Girls of Grace, is not just an album but a campaign. Described as "more than just a stellar collection of worship songs" from Point Of Grace and other female Christian artists, it's also "a conference, a devotional book, a journal and, most importantly, a movement that Point Of Grace hopes will become a life-changing event for teenage girls."
The conferences and campaign are pioneering concepts, but the album lacks true innovation. Its most captivating aspect is the mix of female Christian artists on the same project: Rachael Lampa, Nichole Nordeman, Out of Eden, Joy Williams, Jaci Velasquez, Christy Nockels (Watermark), Jennifer Deibler (FFH) and Jill Phillips.
I initially thought Point of Grace would be performing the songs, with the guest vocalists offering background vocals, but I was surprised to find the artists perform their own cuts, often accompanied by the Tennessee Choral Academy.
Many of the tracks stand out as successes. For instance, Nichole Nordeman's You Are My All in All is a moving rendition of the song, moving Nichole away from her traditional piano accompaniment and adding an acoustic sound that blends well with her voice.
Out of Eden's Every Move I Make speeds up the tempo a bit, but it leaves you feeling like something is missing without the Eden-famous backbeat and bass tones.
Point of Grace's tracks, My Heart Is Set On You, All I'll Ever Need, and The Love of Christ have the typical Point of Grace sound and lyrics that fans of the group will enjoy.
Rachael Lampa's Promise My Prayers has a "girls club"-type sound and lyric that's reminiscent of CeCe Winans and Whitney Houston's Count on Me.
I always wondered what Jennifer Deibler sounded like without her fellow FFH-ers backing her up. I was pleasantly amazed at her vocal maturity, which intermingles well with the choir on In the Calm.
Joy Williams closes with Live to Worship, a fitting end to this worship project. The new acoustic sound fits well with her vocals -- a good sign, since her next project will travel that direction rather than the teen pop she's known for.
My final word. . .
Terry and Heather of Point of Grace have said they hope the Girls of Grace concept has a life-changing impact on those who experience it. My encouragement to you mothers, daughters, and Point of Grace fans is to pick up the Girls of Grace CD. Listen to it, enjoy it and take in as much of it as possible. And when the conference rolls into your town, go and experience it for yourself.
Until Next Time. . .
The J Man