The Beginning: Bowling Sisters

GRADE:  B-

  • Album:  The Beginning
  • Artist:  Bowling Sisters
  • Label:  Custom
  • Style:  Progressive, Pop
  • Release Date:  03/10/17
  • Digital Download:  Yes (Apple Music)
  • Running Time:  49 Minutes

SYNOPSIS:

This week we take a look at the debut album from the Bowling Sisters, The Beginning.  The Bowling siblings have been performing at Bowling Family concerts for a while now.

These young ladies break away from their parents country-style and provide listeners with progressive Southern Gospel sounds mixed with pop.

The Bowling Sisters are Hope, Katelanne and Gracie.  Their parents should be proud of what these young ladies have accomplished with The Beginning.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The stand out track on The Beginning is a song that doesn’t fit the Southern Gospel market, but it grabs your attention from the first note.  The pop infused, “Higher Ground” is a must listen! The haunting melody stays with you long after the song ends.
  • The most Southern Gospel friendly song is the latest radio single, “He Sees What We Don’t”.  Always hoped 11th Hour would release this song, but glad the Bowling Sisters decided to record it.
  • The girls go back to the late 1980’s to pick up, “He’ll Do It Again”.  This was the go to song for aspiring female vocalists during this time.  Glad to hear it re-done.
  • The Bowling Sisters also show their prowess on an a cappella rendition of the traditional hymn, “At The Cross”.
  • The youngest sibling, Gracie, absolutely pulls at your heart-strings with “Fragile Hearts”.  The vocal maturity she shows on this number is outstanding.
  • Mike and Kelly should be proud.  Hope, Katelanne and Gracie show maturity beyond their years in what they’ve provided listeners.
  • Strongest songs included in order:  “Higher Ground”, “He Sees What We Don’t”, “He’ll Do It Again”, “At The Cross”, “Fragile Hearts”, “You Brought The Sunshine” and “Forever”.
CRITIQUE:
  • The girls may have considered cutting the two weakest songs and leaving the listener with ten songs.  A running time of 49 minutes causes a bit of listener fatigue by the end of the recording.
  • Stylistically, The Beginning may be a bit too bold for a good chunk of Southern Gospel listeners.
  • Weakest songs included in order:  “Stronger” and “That’s What He’ll Be”.

WRAP UP:

The Bowling Sisters wowed me with what they provided listeners on The Beginning.  Their vocal maturity, considering their ages, has to be heard.

SONG/Featured Vocalist – Songwriter:  1. “So Smile”/Gracie – Lee Black, Ben Storie  2. “He Sees What We Don’t“/Hope – Amber Eppinette, Joseph Habedank  3. “Higher Ground“/Katelanne  4. “You Brought The Sunshine”/Ensemble – Elbernita Clark Terrell  5. “He’ll Do It Again”/Hope; Katelanne – Hazel Trubee  6. “Fragile Hearts”/Gracie – Jessica Campbell, Jason Cox, Sue C Smith  7. “Stronger”/Katelanne – Keisha Buchanan, Mutya Buena, Marius De Fries, Felix Howard, Johnny Lipsey, Heidi Range  8. “I Love The Lord“/Hope – Richard Smallwood  9. “Forever”/Katelanne – Christa Gifford, Kari Jobe, Brian Johnson, Jenn Johnson, Joel Taylor, Gabriel Wilson  10. “Nothing’s Too Big For My God”/Ensemble – Nancy Harmon  11. “At The Cross”/Ensemble – Isaac Watts  12. “That’s What He’ll Be”/Katelanne – Lee Black, Kenna West

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