Sing: Perrys

PerrysGRADE:  B+

  • Album – Sing
  • Artist – Perrys
  • Label – Stow Town Records
  • Style – Traditional, Progressive
  • Release Date – 10/02/15
  • Available For Digital Download? – Yes (Apple Music/Spotify)

SYNOPSIS:

If you like album reviews, then you will like the next couple of weeks.  Post NQC is always a busy time with new Southern Gospel album releases.  Today finds the new Stow Town Records release for the Perrys; Sing.

This is the second recording for the Perrys at Stow Town Records.  It allows the group to continue their work with Wayne Haun, who produced so many of their hit recordings with Daywind Records.

With the vocal personnel changes the last couple of years, Sing features Andrew Goldman (lead), Troy Peach (baritone), Libbi Stuffle (alto/lead), Tracy Stuffle (bass) and Jared Stuffle (2nd bass/harmony).

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • When was the last time we saw the name LaVerne Tripp on a songwriting credit.  LaVerne penned many noteworthy songs in the early 1970’s.  He teamed with Jason Cox to pen the strongest song found on Sing.  Libbi, as only she can, conveys “Cry No More” with conviction.  If you hear any song on Sing, this is the one!
  • Libbi doesn’t stop there as she performs the power house, “Keep On”.  The group was showcasing this song at NQC.  I would assume, as a result, this will be the first single from the album.
  • I might as well continue singing the praises of Libbi as she turns in a strong cover of Joel Hemphill’s classic, “I Claim The Blood”.
  • The group does some ensemble vocal work on several stand out up tempo numbers.  The strongest on Sing is “I’ve Never Been There”.  The next is the album opener, “Did I Just Hear The Thunder”.
  • Newest lead vocalist Andrew Goldman tackles two songs co-penned by former Perrys lead vocalist Joseph Habedank.  The strongest is the album’s closing track, “I Have Seen The Power”.  Andrew’s strongest vocal is found on this song.  This would make a great choice for radio.
  • Next is the up tempo, fun song “Sing”.  I’ll admit I hit repeat a couple of times before moving on to the rest of the album.
  • Someone asked me the other day if I still believe in miracles.  One only needs to point to the miracle that is Tracy Stuffle to get an answer to that question.  This man’s fighting spirit is a testament for so many others.  You can also hear his voice getting stronger as he is featured on the Southern Gospel classic, “Time Has Made A Change”.  He even gets to sing alongside Kelly Nelon Clark and Karen Peck Gooch.
  • Strongest songs included in order:  “Cry No More”, “I’ve Never Been There”, “I Have Seen The Power”, “Keep On”, “Sing”, “I Claim The Blood” and “Did I Just Hear The Thunder”.
CRITIQUE:
  • The only critique I would have is I would have liked to hear a little more passion in the performance of “Sing”.  This is the type of song I could hear Joseph Habedank absolutely command.  While I don’t want to compare singers, the song could have used that extra punch.
  • Weakest songs included in order:  “The Unexpected Storm”.

WRAP UP:

The Perrys, notably Tracy and Libbi, have been through the toughest period of their career the last several years.  This album and Tracy’s fighting spirit is a testament to …Keep On, Be Brave, Hold Fast, Have Faith, Pray Hard, Fear Not, Stay Strong, Keep On..  I applaud the group for their persistence and providing listeners with a wonderful collection of songs found on Sing.

SONG/Featured Vocalist – Songwriter:  1. “Did I Just Hear The Thunder”/Ensemble – Jeff Bumgardner, Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey  2. “Keep On“/Libbi – Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey  3. “Fear For Faith”/Ensemble; Troy – Kyla Rowland  4. “The Unexpected Storm”/Andrew – Sandy Blythe  5. “Cry No More”/Libbi – Jason Cox, LaVerne Tripp  6. “I’ve Never Been There”/Ensemble – Valerie Dacus, Randall Garland, Wayne Haun  7. “Both Sides Of The River”/Troy – Kyla Rowland  8. “I Claim The Blood”/Libbi – Joel Hemphill  9. “Sing”/Andrew – Jim Davis, Joseph Habedank  10. “Time Has Made A Change”/Tracy w/Kelly Nelon Clark and Karen Peck Gooch – Harkins Fry  11. “I Have Seen The Power”/Andrew – Joseph Habedank, Sue C Smith, Tony Wood

*Video Credit (#ThePerrys)

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