The most influential label in contemporary Christian and gospel music celebrates its 50th anniversary with a double-CD set featuring half a century's worth of highlights. Considering Word's roster -- the label has launched a seemingly endless list of stars, including Amy Grant
, Sandi Patty
, Shirley Caesar
, Point of Grace
, and the Imperials -- a journey through the archives is tantamount to a comprehensive history of Christian music itself. Disc 1 focuses on more recent releases, such as Jaci Velasquez's hit "On My Knees" and Crystal Lewis's "People Get Ready...Jesus Is Comin'." There's even a selection from crossover sensation Sixpence None the Richer
, who, though signed to Squint, contributed the lovely "Breathe" to Word's 1999 Streams
project. Disc 2 reaches a little farther back, offering such gems as Randy Stonehill's "Shut De Do'," Amy Grant's "Thy Word," and even a 1971 selection from the Happy Goodmans. This collection is a must-have for Christian music fans.