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Bethany Dillon
     

Bethany Dillon

by Bethany Dillon
 
Newcomer Bethany Dillon arrives just as a revival in the female singer-songwriter scene appears to be underway. Joining such musical soul sisters as Sara Groves, Alathea, and Jill Paquette, Dillon eschews pop gloss in favor of intriguing melodies, acoustic arrangements, and lyrics that betray insight and vulnerability. Dillon has a beautifully modulated voice that can

Overview

Newcomer Bethany Dillon arrives just as a revival in the female singer-songwriter scene appears to be underway. Joining such musical soul sisters as Sara Groves, Alathea, and Jill Paquette, Dillon eschews pop gloss in favor of intriguing melodies, acoustic arrangements, and lyrics that betray insight and vulnerability. Dillon has a beautifully modulated voice that can alternate between sweetly folksy (as on the opening track, "Revolutionaries") or edgy (as on "Great Big Mystery" and "Why"). Indeed, it is on these rockers that Dillon distinguishes herself from her contemporaries, displaying both vocal power and a lyric intensity more closely aligned with the Jennifer Knapp school of female CCM. Dillon tries her hand at one cover tune, and it's a doozy-"Lead Me On," Amy Grant's blockbuster hit from the '80s. It's gutsy for a newcomer to cover a song so familiar to audiences, but Dillon does a remarkable job, and producers Ed Cash and Josh Moore have updated the song nicely by throwing acoustic flourishes into the mix. Dillon's debut is bright indeed, and offers much for fans of the singer-songwriter genre.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steven Douglas Losey
In the case of many 15-year-old performers, the pre-recorded tracks and dance moves serve as the backdrop to launch a career that's often void of authenticity. With that said, Bethany Dillon is absolutely the real deal. As a writer or co-writer on ten of her discs eleven tracks Dillon proves that an acoustic guitar and divine inspiration are food for the soul. Citing Jennifer Knapp as her main influence it's easy to see why as many of her cuts retain the same depth as Knapp's compositions. Songs like "Revolutionaries" and "For My Love" have an emotional intensity that is rarely featured in the psyche of most 15-year-olds. Cuts like "Great Big Mystery" are bolstered with effective electric riffs while Dillon's vocals push the songs' chorus into overdrive. Lyrically the depth of the disc is unsurpassed. Dillon's offerings on tracks like "Beautiful" and "A Voice Calling Out" are two of many lyrical gems. What's so appealing about this release is the bevy of musical textures. On some cuts the mandolin and banjo are utilized, while on others strings and bagpipes layer the voicings. Bethany Dillon's debut opus is an incredibly rich example of unadulterated passion for her Creator, a passion that permeates every single cut.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/20/2004
Label:
Sparrow
UPC:
0724358150100
catalogNumber:
81501

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Performance Credits

Bethany Dillon   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Pamela Sixfin   Violin
Kris Wilkinson   Viola
Dan Needham   Drums
Tom Bukovac   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Ed Cash   Organ,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Wurlitzer
David Angel   Violin
Josh Moore   Accordion,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Ian Fitchuk   Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Calvin Turner   Bass
Ben Shive   Piano,Keyboards
Mckenzie Smith   Drums
Katie Adelsberger   Background Vocals
Mark Polack   Bass

Technical Credits

Carl Marsh   String Arrangements,Orchestral Arrangements
Blair Masters   String Arrangements,Orchestral Arrangements
Shane D. Wilson   Engineer
Donnie Boutwell   Pro-Tools
Adam Hatley   Engineer
Ed Cash   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Orchestration
Josh Moore   Producer,Engineer
Brad O'Donnell   Executive Producer
Alexis Goodman   Art Direction
Bethany Dillon   Composer
Justin Loucks   Engineer
Dave Barnes   Composer
Jeff Farner   Engineer

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