Worship & Faith

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Barnes & Noble - Lisa Zhito
His recent "inspirational journey" has created an unexpected career renaissance for Randy Travis, and for his latest faith-based foray, he turns his burnished baritone toward classic church hymns. This choice may have given Travis fans some pause -- his previous Christian albums focused on original gems such as "Three Wooden Crosses" and "The Carpenter" -- but no fear, Travis is a song stylist to his core, breathing new life into this familiar fare. Give credit to longtime producer Kyle Lehning, who deftly countrifies these hymns, allowing Travis's vocals to fully express their message. Thus "Just a Closer Walk with Thee" and "He's My Rock, My Sword, My Shield" become ...
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Barnes & Noble - Lisa Zhito
His recent "inspirational journey" has created an unexpected career renaissance for Randy Travis, and for his latest faith-based foray, he turns his burnished baritone toward classic church hymns. This choice may have given Travis fans some pause -- his previous Christian albums focused on original gems such as "Three Wooden Crosses" and "The Carpenter" -- but no fear, Travis is a song stylist to his core, breathing new life into this familiar fare. Give credit to longtime producer Kyle Lehning, who deftly countrifies these hymns, allowing Travis's vocals to fully express their message. Thus "Just a Closer Walk with Thee" and "He's My Rock, My Sword, My Shield" become country shuffles, "Peace in the Valley" is a delicately uplifting ballad, "Sweet By and By" becomes a bluegrass hymn. Travis is less convincing on the album's worship standards -- "You Are Worthy of My Praise," "Open the Eyes of My Heart," and "Above All" are too lyrically bland and repetitive to fit his vocal style. Thankfully, with 20 tracks, Worship & Faith has more hits than misses. Special guests John Anderson, Joy Lynn White, and Mac Powell of Third Day round out the surprises offered here.
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
This may be Randy Travis' second gospel album in three years, but that doesn't make it redundant. Travis, like George Jones, Merle Haggard, and George Strait, could sing the back of a can of peas and make it sound inspired. When the material he takes on is the absolute core of country gospel and public domain spirituals, the result is nothing less than soul-stirring, powerful, honest, and truly beautiful. Here Travis takes on the reverential hymns such as "How Great Thou Art," "Peace In The Valley," "Room at the Cross For You," and "In The Garden," and makes them sound fresh and new. They are startling in their intensity and bare bones homage. In addition, the great nuggets of country gospel, such as "The Unclouded Day," "Will The Circle Be Unbroken," and "I'll Fly Away," are taken back to the country church where they came from. From the bluesy, honky tonk alleyway, Travis sings songs from the cannon like "He's My Rock, My Sword, My Shield," and "Just A Closer Walk With Thee." He reports from the dancefloor as the barroom clock is crossing over from Saturday night into Sunday morning. This is direct, unfiltered, hard-line gospel at its best, by a master.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/11/2003
  • Label: Word Entertainment
  • UPC: 080688627324
  • Catalog Number: 886273
  • Sales rank: 14,594

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Randy Travis Primary Artist
Jerry Douglas Dobro
John Anderson Vocals
Eric Darken Percussion, Hand Clapping
Chip Davis Background Vocals
David Angell Violin
Dennis Crouch Acoustic Bass
David Davidson Violin
Larry Franklin Fiddle
Paul Franklin Dobro
Anthony LaMarchina Cello
Liana Manis Background Vocals
Brent Mason Acoustic Guitar, Gut String Guitar, Soloist
John Mock Concertina, Bodhran, tin whistle
Joy Lynn White Background Vocals
Kristin Wilkinson Viola
Tony Harrel Accordion, Harmonium
Mark Lusk Acoustic Guitar
Craig Duncan and the Smoky Mountain Band Hammered Dulcimer
Kirk "Jelly Roll" Johnson Harmonica
Bryan Sutton Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin
Mac Powell Vocals, Background Vocals
Wes Hightower Background Vocals
Larry Beaird Acoustic Guitar
Shannon Sanders Tenor (Vocal)
Jason Eskridge Tenor (Vocal)
Nirva Dorsaint Soprano (Vocal)
Casey Wood Hand Clapping
Typharee Fitzgerald Alto (Vocal)
Craig Watkins Tenor (Vocal)
Krystle Ochsner Soprano (Vocal)
Billy Davis Background Vocals
Cynthia Matthews Alto (Vocal)
Paige Lackey Martin Soprano (Vocal)
Christina Ketterling Background Vocals
Sharese "Reecy" Jackson Alto (Vocal)
Pastor Matthew Hagee Background Vocals
Sandra Hagee Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Randy Travis Arranger, Liner Notes
Howard Smith Composer
Paul Baloche Composer
Don Hart String Arrangements
Lenny LeBlanc Composer
Kyle Lehning Producer, Engineer
Doug Sax Mastering
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey Composer
Jason Lehning overdub engineer, Vocal Engineer
Mark Lusk Artist Development
Albert E. Brumley Composer
Ira F. Stanphill Composer
Fanny Crosby Composer
David Ruis Composer
Joseph Philbrick Webster Composer
Shannon Sanders Choir Arrangement
Elizabeth Travis Creative Coordinator
Traditional Composer
Sanford Fillmore Bennett Composer
Chris Tomlin Composer
Stuart K. Hine Composer
James Rowe Composer
Casey Wood Engineer, overdub engineer
Ron Lowry Composer
J.R. Baxter Composer
C. Austin Miles Composer
Michael Chavez Engineer
Mark Harrier Vocal Engineer
Jordan Lehning overdub engineer
Will L. Thompson Composer
Charles H. Gabriel Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic worship and praise!!

    There is real ministry in Randy's voice. This is a terrific album. Randy lets you crank it up and sing along. Even the songs you have heard many times (like "Blessed Assurance" and "In the Garden") come to life. All the songs are wonderful!! Singing praise and glory is a great way to start, middle, and end any day. It will get your mind off yourself and your problems, and put a smile in your heart.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just A Closer Walk With Thee

    Heard this played on Imus in the Morning.(yeah, weird eh?) Fantastic! Cant wait till this is released. New sound . great platform for his voice and only accoustic instruments.

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