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Joy Williams, a 2001 Dove nominee for New Artist of the Year, shows a maturing vocal style and ambitious song choices with her sophomore release, By Surprise. Williams isn't a powerhouse diva-style singer along the lines of, say, Rachael Lampa, but she has a gift for nuance and phrasing that gives her pop material a depth some glossier productions lack. Williams shows she's evolving as an artist, too: She wrote a good chunk of By Surprise, and some of the strongest cuts are her own compositions. Williams finds her inner Sheryl Crow on the opening track, "New Day," a rocker with a message about leaving the past behind. But she saves most of her strongest performances for ...
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Barnes & Noble - Lisa Zhito
Joy Williams, a 2001 Dove nominee for New Artist of the Year, shows a maturing vocal style and ambitious song choices with her sophomore release, By Surprise. Williams isn't a powerhouse diva-style singer along the lines of, say, Rachael Lampa, but she has a gift for nuance and phrasing that gives her pop material a depth some glossier productions lack. Williams shows she's evolving as an artist, too: She wrote a good chunk of By Surprise, and some of the strongest cuts are her own compositions. Williams finds her inner Sheryl Crow on the opening track, "New Day," a rocker with a message about leaving the past behind. But she saves most of her strongest performances for the ballads: the Williams-penned "Desperate" is at its core a love song to God, but it's got an engaging melodic line, and Williams sounds both vulnerable and convincing as she sings of yearning for her heavenly Father. Elsewhere, "Beautiful Somehow" is a sunny, lighthearted testimony of God's knack for making us all beautiful. Though just 19, Joy Williams already displays a mature musical sense. This is one artist who is here to stay.
All Music Guide - Ashleigh Kittle
In the fall of 2002, California native Joy Williams released her sophomore project, By Surprise. The pop release builds on her debut project, offering both upbeat and reflective tracks. Songs include "I Wonder," "Surrender," and "Everyday."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/8/2002
  • Label: Reunion
  • UPC: 602341005920
  • Catalog Number: 10059

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 New Day (4:09)
  2. 2 I Wonder (3:46)
  3. 3 Every Moment (3:12)
  4. 4 By Surprise (3:49)
  5. 5 Surrender (3:47)
  6. 6 Desperate (4:12)
  7. 7 Every Day (3:01)
  8. 8 Wish (3:55)
  9. 9 Beautiful Somehow (4:45)
  10. 10 The Love of the Lord Endures (4:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joy Williams Primary Artist
Matt Rollings Piano
Eric Darken Percussion
Chris Eaton Background Vocals
Steve Brewster Drums
Mike Brignardello Bass
John Catchings Cello
George Cocchini Electric Guitar
Kenny Greenberg Electric Guitar
The London Session Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Carl Marsh Conductor
Blair Masters Piano, Hammond Organ
Jerry McPherson Electric Guitar
Chris Rodriguez Background Vocals
Gavyn Wright Concert Master
Lisa Cochran Background Vocals
Jerard Woods Background Vocals
Jovaun Woods Background Vocals
Joey Canaday Bass
Jason McArthur Background Vocals
Rob Graves Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Bouzouki, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Loops
Technical Credits
Brown Bannister Producer
Steve Bishir Engineer
Steve Hall Mastering
Carl Marsh Orchestral Arrangements
Andrew Dudman Engineer
Fred Paragano Digital Editing
Dean Diehl Executive Producer
Tim Parker Cover Design
Michelle Bentrem Production Coordination Assistant
Jason McArthur Composer
Jonathan Allen Engineer
Rob Graves Songwriter, Composer, Programming, Percussion Programming
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This CD will definitely bring "Joy" to your life!

    I bought this CD for my 9 yr old daughter and we LOVE it. I am buying another one for myself! I met Joy at a New Life conference in November and she is precious! God has given her a beautiful voice and we know it brings glory to HIM!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pretty Good!

    I enjoyed this CD! The music gets stuck in your head, and you catch yourself singing it as you do your daily activities. I pray that this music is pleasing to the Lord as well as honoring Him!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent!!!!!

    This CD was excellent! I love to listen to it and have memorized the first 7 songs! My favorite song was "Surrender" This is a great CD and you should buy it!

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    Posted February 10, 2010

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