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Running Back to You
     

Running Back to You

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by Chris Sligh
 
When he first appeared on American Idol, Chris Sligh seemed like the sixth season's answer to the unconventional appeal of Taylor Hicks, a guy who didn't look like a pop singer at all but had enough off-kilter charm and sense of self to win over the American public. Things didn't quite work out that way, as the Sligh train derailed

Overview

When he first appeared on American Idol, Chris Sligh seemed like the sixth season's answer to the unconventional appeal of Taylor Hicks, a guy who didn't look like a pop singer at all but had enough off-kilter charm and sense of self to win over the American public. Things didn't quite work out that way, as the Sligh train derailed halfway through the season, ironically enough because he had an inflated sense of self, mouthing back to the judges (especially Simon, as he's the only one anybody cares about) in a way that made him, not them, more arrogant. This helped usher him off the show, but not before he built a following among the audience he had hoped to target: contemporary Christian music fans, who the former Bob Jones University student cultivated through his diligently updated blog during his year of Idol fame. This nicely set up a chance for a career as a CCM recording artist, an opportunity he seized with his 2008 debut, Running Back to You. Sligh's American Idol exposure ensured him top-level CCM talent, coming in the form of producer Brown Bannister, who has worked with such Christian heavyweights as Steven Curtis Chapman and Amy Grant, and producer Stephen Leiweke, who helmed the debut from Jars of Clay. With these two producers, Sligh has run the gamut of CCM, appealing to both the middlebrow mainstream and an element of the alternative side (albeit an aging alternative, as the Jars of Clay angle does not reflect the increasing U2/Coldplay mannerisms of many younger CCM bands). It's a record designed to appeal to everybody within its demographic and it does, without offending anyone, surging on layers of overdubbed guitars and strings and bucketloads of earnest emotion. There's nary a trace of the smack-talking Sligh who set Simon's teeth on edge, and frankly, it could have used a bit of bite, as this does nothing more than fit into CCM conventions, occasionally pushing those boundaries just a little, as when "Loaded Gun" flirts with a chamber string arrangement borrowed from "Eleanor Rigby." It's enough to position Chris Sligh as a viable CCM artist, which it does, and that's all it was meant to do.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/06/2008
Label:
Brash Music
UPC:
0881410004228
catalogNumber:
42

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Performance Credits

Chris Sligh   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Wurlitzer
Jack Jezzro   Double Bass
Eric Darken   Percussion
Jim Bogios   Drums
John Catchings   Cello
George Cocchini   Electric Guitar
David Davidson   Violin
Blair Masters   Piano,Keyboards
Jerry McPherson   Electric Guitar
William Owsley   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Pamela Sixfin   Violin
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass
Chris Donohue   Bass
Will Denton   Drums
Dan Needham   Drums
Monisa Angell   Viola
Stephen Leiweke   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Love Sponge String Quartet   Strings
David Angel   Violin
Joey Canaday   Bass
Paul Moak   Electric Guitar
Donovan Chapman   MIDI Synthesizer
Jason Walker   Piano,Wurlitzer

Technical Credits

Brown Bannister   Producer,Engineer
Steve Bishir   Engineer
William Owsley   Producer,Engineer
Dan Needham   Programming
Stephen Leiweke   Producer,Engineer
Tony Wood   Composer
Donovan Chapman   String Arrangements
Chris Sligh   Composer,Programming,Engineer,String Arrangements

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Running Back to You 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chris has a beautiful voice and his message is so lovingly stated in the words of his songs.
Luvs2Listen More than 1 year ago
This CD is really good, however it's recorded too loud, I'm still old school and use a 6-disc cd changer and so the constant volume change when this too loud cd comes on is frustrating. Other than that I really enjoy the music. I bought this cd for one song and am so pleased that I enjoy all of them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago