- Creativity/Originality = 8
- Lyrical Content = 9
- Production = 8.5
- Song Selection = 8.5
- My Recommendation = 8
Evidence is the newest recording from the Freemans. Considering the groups last album, Eyes On The Prize, was released in 2007, it was good to see new material released by the Freemans. The Freemans have been a mainstay in the Southern Gospel industry since they started back in 1983. The group is a family band composed of Chris (Lead), Darrell (Baritone/Lead Guitar), Misty (Soprano/Acoustic Guitar), Joe (Tenor, Harmony Vocals/Piano) and Caylon (Drums).
Each member is given a chance to shine on this newest effort as each member has at least one featured vocal. The Freemans have always had that country sound or I guess you could say that ‘Hinson touch’ to their music. Their more recent efforts, including Evidence, has had a more mainstream country sound. But make no mistake the lyrics found on Evidence is all Gospel.
The Freemans are one of those groups that get at least one big song every album. You could go through their discography and pull out songs like “Always”, “Children Of The Dust”, “Going Back”, ‘He’d Have To Walk Through The Blood”, “Hello In Heaven” and more recently “He Chose Me” and “Three Rugged Crosses”. The group has got another winner with the song that kicks off this recording, “The Father And The Son”. This Dianne Wilkinson penned tune is a great selection for the first single and should easily find its way on to the top 10.
Next in line for strongest song on the album is another song featuring Chris titled “I Know My Way”. Please, please, please release this as a single. I can’t say enough good things about this song. The concept used in the song is not a new one but I like the vocal turned in on this song.
Joe Freeman remained in the background of this family group for many years. He stepped up and began singing with the group after his wife Diane left the group in the mid ’90s. Joe’s harmony vocals add that touch that really compliments the groups current sound. Another strong song on this recording features Joe. “God That Never Changes” is one of his strongest vocal performances to date.
Darrell shines on “Just A Little Light” as Misty steps out on “One Step Farther”. Caylon also is given his first featured vocal on “Sending Me Angels”. This song has been previously recorded by country artist Kathy Mattea. “I Can’t Even Walk”, “Land Of Beulah” and “I Call Him Everything” round out the recording.
This album is a must have for anyone that is already a fan of the Freemans music. The sound found on Eyes On The Prize is cemented with the release of Evidence. If you’ve never been introduced to the Freemans music, you would enjoy this recording if you’re a fan of gospel music infused with mainstream country melodies.
SONG LIST: 1. “The Father And The Son” 2. “Just A Little Light” 3. “God That Never Changes” 4. “I Know My Way” 5. “One Step Farther” 6. “Sending Me Angels” 7. “I Can’t Even Walk” 8. “Land Of Beulah” 9. “I Call Him Everything”