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All Music Guide - Jared Johnson
John Waller had three things going for him when The Blessing debuted nationally: he had already fronted the critically touted band According to John; he signed with coveted Beach Street Records, home of mega-successful group Casting Crowns; and the Christian AC landscape had become so barren that it was in dire need of a fresh talent to revive the genre. Waller was up for the task, bringing just the right balance of heart-opening lyrics and stalwart musicianship. In much the same vein as MercyMe, Michael W. Smith and Steven Curtis Chapman, Waller showed a gift for wrapping some of the more poignant scriptural-based themes in glistening contemporary Christian pop. The ...
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All Music Guide - Jared Johnson
John Waller had three things going for him when The Blessing debuted nationally: he had already fronted the critically touted band According to John; he signed with coveted Beach Street Records, home of mega-successful group Casting Crowns; and the Christian AC landscape had become so barren that it was in dire need of a fresh talent to revive the genre. Waller was up for the task, bringing just the right balance of heart-opening lyrics and stalwart musicianship. In much the same vein as MercyMe, Michael W. Smith and Steven Curtis Chapman, Waller showed a gift for wrapping some of the more poignant scriptural-based themes in glistening contemporary Christian pop. The promising voice found his way to Beach Street through a connection with Mark Hall, Casting Crowns' lead vocalist. Waller's arrival at Beach Street was a personal triumph, but his journey prior to penning a new record deal was what became the source for much of his songwriting material. According to John buckled due to record label woes, and Waller thought he had closed the door on the songwriting chapter of his life. He and his wife moved to Colorado and helped launch SouthLink Church. A year later, he found himself writing new material for a congregation that loved it so much that it raised the money for him to go back to the studio. He also overcame a long-term battle with depression, lending him uncommon wisdom that shone through with raw, earnest, challenging lyrics -- from the title track, which features a guest vocal by Hall, to "Still Calls Me Son," one of the most personal expressions of the Parable of the Prodigal Son ever recorded. Waller was welcomed heartily by fans of his strong, sophisticated openness.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/6/2007
  • Label: Reunion
  • UPC: 602341011822
  • Catalog Number: 10118
  • Sales rank: 19,888

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Calling for a Flood (4:36)
  2. 2 Identity (4:05)
  3. 3 The Blessing (4:41)
  4. 4 Still Calls Me Son (4:29)
  5. 5 Ancient Words (4:28)
  6. 6 Breathe on Me (5:14)
  7. 7 Love to Say Your Name (4:00)
  8. 8 While I'm Waiting (4:51)
  9. 9 Something Big (4:46)
  10. 10 Sacred Pages (4:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Waller Primary Artist, Violin, Vocals
Blair Masters Piano, Keyboards
Scott Meeder Drums
Dale Oliver Dobro, Electric Guitar
Laura Smith Vocals
Pat Malone Bass, Bass Guitar
Joshua Fisher Drums
Jason Hoard Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Piano, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Wurlitzer
Matt Adkins Vocals
Jimmy Griffith Vocals
Joe Fisher Drums
Josee Waller Vocals
April Parker Vocals
Chystina Fincher Vocals
Caroline Watt Vocals
Technical Credits
Michael Gleason String Arrangements, String Conductor
Richard Dodd Mastering
Blair Masters String Arrangements
Dale Oliver Engineer
Terry Hemmings Executive Producer
Tim Parker Art Direction
Stephanie McBrayer Art Direction
John Waller Composer
Michael Hewitt Engineer
Jason Hoard Producer
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