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On Mark Schultz's third release, Stories & Songs, the enigmatic singer-songwriter offers 12 compositions that urge listeners toward introspection. The message is to make the most of our time on earth -- a nice approach for a CCM artist; too many put their focus on the afterlife, or offer superficial "God loves you" pablum, forgetting that a Christian's most important calling is to be the hands and feet of God on earth. Stories & Songs is full of lush pop anthems, tender ballads, and the occasional up-tempo radio-ready pop song. But Schultz has borrowed heavily from his fellow CCM artists here; "Running Just to Catch Myself" and "Everywhere" are nicely crafted pop ...
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Barnes & Noble - Lisa Zhito
On Mark Schultz's third release, Stories & Songs, the enigmatic singer-songwriter offers 12 compositions that urge listeners toward introspection. The message is to make the most of our time on earth -- a nice approach for a CCM artist; too many put their focus on the afterlife, or offer superficial "God loves you" pablum, forgetting that a Christian's most important calling is to be the hands and feet of God on earth. Stories & Songs is full of lush pop anthems, tender ballads, and the occasional up-tempo radio-ready pop song. But Schultz has borrowed heavily from his fellow CCM artists here; "Running Just to Catch Myself" and "Everywhere" are nicely crafted pop songs that are overly influenced by Steven Curtis Chapman, while the album's cornerstone ballad, "Time That's Left," borrows a melodic hook directly from Chris Rice's "Praise Goes On." Most egregious is Schultz's heartfelt ballad about a family unraveling, "Do You Even Know Me Anymore." Beautifully performed, it would be more powerful if it didn't so clearly resemble Patty Loveless's country hit "You Don't Even Know Who I Am," both in lyric and melody. And that seems to be the issue with Mark Schultz: he ably pulls off a well-produced, well-performed collection of radio-friendly pop, but he'd make a more powerful statement if his music were a bit more original.
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  • Release Date: 10/14/2003
  • Label: Word Entertainment
  • UPC: 080688627027
  • Catalog Number: 886270

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mark Schultz Primary Artist, Background Vocals, Human Whistle
Matt Rollings Piano
Eric Darken Percussion
John Catchings Cello
Shane Keister Piano
Tom Hemby Mandolin, Bazouki
Gordon Kennedy Guitar, Electric Guitar
The London Session Orchestra Horn, Performing Ensemble
Carl Marsh Conductor
Blair Masters Keyboards
Jerry McPherson Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Gene Miller Background Vocals
Jimmie Lee Sloas Bass
Gavyn Wright Concert Master
Ellie Bannister Background Vocals
Jeff Roach Keyboards
Bryan Sutton Acoustic Guitar
Mark Hill Bass
Tim Davis Vocals
Technical Credits
Brown Bannister Composer, Producer
Danny Duncan Engineer
Chris Eaton Composer
Cindy Morgan Composer
Steve Bishir Engineer
Dennis Kurtila Composer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Carl Marsh Horn Arrangements, Orchestral Arrangements, Horn Conductor
Mark Lusk Artist Development
Hank Nirider Digital Editing
Mark Schultz Composer, Producer
Katherine Petillo Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    breathtaking and inspirational

    What an amazing CD!!!!! I always loved to hear Mark Schultz on the radio but I'd never heard the song Letter from War. I love it! I love the entire CD but especially that song also Closer to you!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    wow

    Mark Schultz is absolutely excellent on this cd. His lyrics are so expressive and it's nice having a mix of really christian music ("He Will Carry Me, Closer to You, Just to Know You") and stories (Letters From War, Do You Even Know Me Anymore). A great combination of ballads and up-beat songs. It just makes you feel good inside. A Must have.

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