Sweet Southern Joy: Pruitt Family

Pruitt FamilyGRADE:  C+

  • Album – Sweet Southern Joy
  • Artist – Pruitt Family
  • Label – Custom
  • Style – Traditional, Progressive, Country
  • Release Date – 05/05/15
  • Available For Digital Download? – Yes (Apple Music/Spotify)

SYNOPSIS:

Sweet Southern Joy is my first introduction to the music of the Pruitt Family.  Based in Jefferson Georgia, the Pruitt Family is a complete family unit.

The group is composed of Mark Pruitt (father), Tina Pruitt (mother), Brooke Pruitt (daughter) and Alexis Pruitt (daughter).  The group’s sound centers around Brooke.  At 17, she already has the makings of a top-notch female vocalist within Southern Gospel music.

The Pruitt Family have that Southern Gospel harmony working for them as they meld traditional and progressive Southern Gospel sounds with some light country overtones.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The strongest songs on Sweet Southern Joy feature Brooke Pruitt.  She is featured on six of the ten songs found on the recording.  This is a smart move, considering she is the strongest vocalist in the group.
  • The strongest of the Brooke features is the group’s current radio single; “Bring It All To Jesus”.  The country-style adds that subtle touch that compliments Brooke’s vocal perfectly.
  • Next up among Brooke’s features is “Grace Steps In”.  This is a great mid-tempo progressive Southern Gospel tune.  This would also make a strong choice for radio single possibilities.
  • The Pruitt Family cover “Nobody Like Jesus”, recently recorded and sent to radio by Wilburn and Wilburn.  Brooke really elevates the fun of this song with her youthful approach.  The bluegrass/country-style used matches that excitement.
  • Brooke also turns in another up-tempo country-style tune with “You Don’t Even Want To Make Me Pray”.  With life throws its fiery darts, there is no greater ammunition to combat those darts than prayer.
  • Finally, Brooke shows her vocal promise with her cover of the Frederick Lehman classic; “The Love Of God”.
  • Strongest songs included in order:  “Bring It All To Jesus”, “Grace Steps In”, “Nobody Like Jesus”, “The Love Of God”, “You Don’t Even Want To Make Me Pray” and “Oh What A Name”.
CRITIQUE:
  • Does father Mark Pruitt even sing with the group?  He received no features on the album, though I believe I did hear him slightly in the mix.
  • I think the group would be best served if they let Brooke cover all features and the family provided that strong harmony.  That is when they are at their strongest vocally.
  • Weakest songs included in order:  “Tommy’s Prayer”.

WRAP UP:

Overall, Sweet Southern Joy was a nice introduction to the Pruitt Family.  As with any new group, the listener hears room for growth but the strength and potential the group has with Brooke’s lead vocals could find this group many new fans in the near future.

SONG/Featured Vocalist – Songwriter:  1. “Oh What A Name”/Tina; Brooke – Denny Livingston  2. “The Love Of God“/Brooke – Frederick M Lehman  3. “Peace In The Midst Of The Storm”/Tina – Phillip McHugh  4. “Tommy’s Prayer”/Alexis – Shane Roark  5. “Grace Steps In”/Brooke – Melissa Kennedy  6. “Faith Like That”/Tina – Randall Garland, Shane Roark  7. “He Still Moves Mountains For Me”/Tina – Gary Cunnignham, Shane Roark  8. “Bring It All To Jesus”/Brooke – Shane Roark  9. “You Don’t Even Want To Make Me Pray”/Brooke – Marty Funderburk, Gina Vera  10. “Nobody Like Jesus”/Ensemble; Brooke – Joseph Habedank, Matthew Holt

*Video Credit (Various Artists – Topic)

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