by Chris McClarney


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Clocking in at nearly 70 minutes, Defender is a healthy portion of soul food offered by an up-and-coming worship artist. At a time when the prevailing thought in the contemporary Christian industry seemed to be to pare down, broaden the appeal, and strip out any semblance of character from the music, McClarney entered the scene with a "good ol' boy" voice and a gift for writing. Defender brings a warm human touch back to contemporary Christian music. McClarney does not chastise, nor does he pander or water down the message the way some artists are criticized for doing. He has a solid doctrinal core to his teachings, leaving the messages of his bluesy acoustic rock to do all the talking. McClarney is most recognized for his hit "Your Love Never Fails" from his debut EP, and it appears here again for those who missed it the first time around. It's an ideal launching pad for the rest of the album, but you'll miss out if you think that's all there is to this baby-faced crooner. He lends his inspiring, passionate vocals to arrangements filled with nuances of Hammond organ such as the title track and "Still Saving Me," while the softer worship moments like "Your Love Is Everything" come off with intimate energy. Fans of Southern and folk-rock artists like Corey Crowder, Mike Farris, and Julian Drive will enjoy these all-American proclamations of faith.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/10/2010
Label: Km: Kingsway Music
UPC: 5019282310825
catalogNumber: 23108

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chris McClarney   Primary Artist,Guitar
Phil Madeira   Hammond B3
John Catchings   Cello
Dennis Holt   Drums
Chris Donohue   Bass
Derri Daugherty   Guitar
Jeff Roach   Keyboards
Stephen Leiweke   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Dwayne Larring   Guitar
Matt Pearson   Bass
Andreana Arganda   Background Vocals
Ken Lewis   Drums
Ben Shive   Keyboards
Jamie Kenney   Keyboards
Cathy Burton   Background Vocals
Justin Weaver   Guitar
Dave Davidson   Violin
Gabriel Harris   Drums
Jonathan "John-O" Brymer   Bass
Matt Pierson   Bass

Technical Credits

Chris Eaton   Composer
Paul Burton   Engineer
John Hartley   Composer,Producer
Derri Daugherty   Engineer
Fanny Crosby   Composer
Trevor Michael   Producer,Engineer
Matt Redman   Composer
Miriam Webster   Composer
Johnny Parks   Composer
Anthony Skinner   Composer
Aaron Keyes   Composer
Laura Rhinehart   Composer
Kees Kraayenoord   Composer
W. Chalmers Smith   Composer
Chris McClarney   Composer
Christa Black   Composer
Dave Fitzgerald   Composer
Nick Herbert   Composer
John Loux   Composer
Cathy Parks   Composer
Katie Gustafson   Composer
Mike Wessner   Composer

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