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Here to Him Music: Hugs to Encourage and Inspire
     

Here to Him Music: Hugs to Encourage and Inspire

 
The key to the success of the three-CD Hugs series is producer Glenn Wagner's ability to make each song a different tempo and feature a different lead instrument, so that it doesn't just become a wallpaper pleasantry. Michael W. Smith's "This Is Your Time" is sax-driven, while Steven Curtis Chapman's "Heartbeat of Hope" is

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The key to the success of the three-CD Hugs series is producer Glenn Wagner's ability to make each song a different tempo and feature a different lead instrument, so that it doesn't just become a wallpaper pleasantry. Michael W. Smith's "This Is Your Time" is sax-driven, while Steven Curtis Chapman's "Heartbeat of Hope" is guitar-oriented (acoustic on the verses, edgy and electric on the chorus) with some graceful piano harmonies. Wagner tries to make hipness out of "You Light Up My Life" by giving it a modern techno groove and slick electric guitar melody, but it's hard to relieve that song of its clichéd cheesiness. James Taylor's "Shower the People" offers a simple, folksy acoustic guitar melody. "Amazing Grace," enhanced here with electronic keyboard effects, could benefit from that kind of organic approach. One of the nicest touches is Christa Black's lush violin on the chorus part of "Great Is Thy Faithfulness"; this lends a stately, classical flavor to the piece. Like its two sister CDs, Hugs to Encourage and Inspire has a companion inspirational book as part of its marketing campaign.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/06/2001
Label:
Here To Him Music
UPC:
0645177329624
catalogNumber:
3296

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mark Baldwin   Guitar
Dave Cleveland   Guitar
Mark Douthit   Saxophone,EWI
Sam Levine   Flute,Penny Whistle
Jeff Nelson   Keyboards
Paul Brannon   Guitar
Ken Lewis   Percussion
Christine Donahue   Guitar
Sal Oliveri   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Steven Curtis Chapman   Composer
Michael W. Smith   Composer
James Taylor   Composer
Jack Nitzsche   Composer
Wes King   Composer
Joe Brooks   Composer
Will Jennings   Composer
Jeff Nelson   Arranger,Programming
John Newton   Composer
Jeff Pitzer   Engineer
Fanny Crosby   Composer
William Runyan   Composer
William B. Bradbury   Composer
Charlotte Elliot   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Glenn Wagner   Producer,Executive Producer
Nathan Zwald   Engineer
Sal Oliveri   Arranger,Programming,Engineer
Thomas O. Chisholm   Composer

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