The start of another week will take us half way through the count down of the best albums and recorded songs of 2011. Coming in at #11 among the best albums of the year is The Only Way by Greater Vision. Much has been said about the return of Chris Allman to the group. Evidence of that can be heard in The Only Way.
Not only does Chris add his tenor vocals to the album but his songwriting talents as well. While Rodney Griffin has been awarded favorite songwriter for more than a decade, an album can sometimes become stale when only one writer dominates the recording. The added songwriting talents also sets The Only Way apart from previous Greater Vision recordings. This was the best Greater Vision recording in nearly a decade and #11 among the best albums of 2011.
Personal favorite songs from this recording include: ”Another Child’s Coming Home”, “I Know A Man Who Can”, “He Didn’t When He Could’ve Passed Me By”, “No Longer Chained”, “He’s The Only Way”, “Eternity’s About To Begin” and “Like I Wish I’d Lived”.
To cap off the first half of the top recorded songs of 2011 is “Jesus Will”. Coming in at #11 “Jesus Will” was recorded on Wilburn and Wilburn’s debut album Family Ties. Penned by Jerry Salley and Dianne Wilkinson, this comforting lyric delivers the message that Jesus will love us no matter what.
I have had already stated that Jordan Wilburn is well on his way to becoming one of the top male vocalists in Southern Gospel music. His performance on “Jesus Will” shows maturity while not over singing the lyric which many young performers have a tendency to do. Listen to the first verse and chorus to the song that lands at #11 among the best recorded songs of 2011.
Tomorrow will kick off the top ten with #10.