Run the Earth, Watch the Sky

Run the Earth, Watch the Sky

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by Chris Rice
     
 

Christian music has its share of reluctant stars, artists more interested in their music and message than all the other stuff that comes with having a top-flight recording career. Rich Mullins and Michael Card are two such figures, and now Chris Rice seems to be his generation's entry into that club. His last studio album, 2000's critically lauded Smell theSee more details below

Overview

Christian music has its share of reluctant stars, artists more interested in their music and message than all the other stuff that comes with having a top-flight recording career. Rich Mullins and Michael Card are two such figures, and now Chris Rice seems to be his generation's entry into that club. His last studio album, 2000's critically lauded Smell the Color 9, was released without any promotion from Rice, who eschewed obligations like radio tours and media interviews in favor of his ministry work. On Run the Earth, Watch the Sky, his first proper studio album in over two years, we find a Rice who has wrestled with his role as a public figure. On the single and opener "Other Side of the Radio," Rice shares his discomfort with listeners, telling us "I'm not a better man 'cause I'm singing songs on the radio." Later acknowledging the impact his music has had, Rice comes to terms with being a recording star, giving Run the Earth, Watch the Sky its strong footing. Yes, the James Taylor sound-alike writes radio-ready hits -- this album is thick with them, virtually every song a potential chart-topper. But Rice never plays games with his listeners; each song has a spiritual foundation directing listeners heavenward. Even a heartfelt ballad such as "Smile," which could easily be a fence-straddling secular love song, is so obviously directed toward Jesus that its crossover aspirations are effectively nil. From the beautiful "Untitled Hymn" and "Spare an Angel" to the lighthearted "Everything's OK" and "Me and Becky," this collection beautifully stays on message: Keep your focus on God, even as you go out into the world. It's a lesson Rice seems to have learned well.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/04/2003
Label:
Rocketown Records
UPC:
0826872000128
catalogNumber:
20001
Rank:
87124

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chris Rice   Primary Artist
Bennie Wallace   Voices
David Angell   Violin
John Catchings   Cello,Viola
George Cocchini   Guitar
Scott Dente   Guitar
Monroe Jones   Voices
Duncan Mullins   Bass
Kristin Wilkinson   Violin
Dan Needham   Drums
Jason King   Voices
Jeff Roach   Keyboards
Lissette Gregory   Voices
Kathleen Jones   Voices
Steven Delopoulos   Acoustic Guitar
Ricky Jackson   Background Vocals
Clayton Jones   Voices
Mark Hill   Bass
Ken Lewis   Percussion
Ran Jackson   Background Vocals,Voices
Daisy Jones   Voices

Technical Credits

Jimmy Abegg   Producer,Art Direction,Package Concept
David Davidson   Prop Design
Jim Dineen   Engineer
Monroe Jones   Producer
Don Donahue   Executive Producer
Josh Reeder   Producer
Tiffany Long   Art Direction,Package Concept
Hank Williams   Mastering
Monroe Jone   Producer

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