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Stories & Songs
     

Stories & Songs

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by Mark Schultz
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/14/2003
Label:
Word Entertainment
UPC:
0080688627027
catalogNumber:
886270

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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
London Session Orchestra   Horn,Performing Ensemble
Carl Marsh   Conductor
Blair Masters   Keyboards
Jerry McPherson   Acoustic 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
Carl Marsh   Horn Arrangements,Orchestral Arrangements,Horn Conductor
Mark Lusk   Artist Development
Mark Schultz   Composer,Producer
Katherine Petillo   Art Direction

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Stories & Songs 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.