Writing on the Wall

Writing on the Wall

by Jill Phillips


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Writing on the Wall

Following the release of her album God and Money, readers of CCM Magazine choose singer/songwriter Jill Phillips as Best Independent Artist of 2002. A year later in August 2003, Phillips released Writing on the Wall, making her mark as the first female artist signed to Fervent Records. The album remains true to the pop-folk style listeners of Phillips' 1999 self-titled release and God and Money have grown to expect from her. It is a style similar to that of Bebo Norman, only less melancholy in nature. A former student of commercial voice performance, Phillips has a soothing voice, comparable to that of Twila Paris and Sara Groves. The acoustic-based instrumentation and arrangements of the album serve to support her vocals as well as the lyrical content of the project. Lyrically, the songs communicate messages of spiritual growth and ultimately God's faithfulness. Written before the death of her father, Phillips found the songs to be of comfort to her after his passing. For example, "Even Still" deals with death's lack of power in a Christian's life, while "Still Is My Soul" speaks of learning to be content in all circumstances. Of the 12 songs, the only track that doesn't seem to fit is "God Believes in You," penned by Pierce Pettis. While it does strive to offer encouragement to listeners, which fits the album's overall theme, it seems to shift the focus from God to the listener. Writing on the Wall is a good third chapter in the musical releases of Jill Phillips. It is a strong project with songs listeners will find themselves singing as they go about their days. ~ Ashleigh Kittle Slater

Product Details

Release Date: 08/05/2003
Label: Fervent / Spirit-Led
UPC: 0679143003829
catalogNumber: 430038

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jill Phillips   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Phil Madeira   Guitar (Electric Baritone),Guitar (Resonator)
Gary Burnette   Electric Guitar,Electronic Mandolin
Scott Williamson   Drums
Chris Donohue   Bass,Upright Bass
Matt Slocum   Cello
Matt Stanfield   Piano,Accordion,Keyboards,Moog Synthesizer,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Bebo Norman   Background Vocals
Aaron Sands   Bass
Andrew Peterson   Background Vocals
Joey Canaday   Bass
Ken Lewis   Percussion,Drums
DeAna Whalen   Strings
Noel Rubio   Strings
Anne Rudolph   Strings

Technical Credits

Pierce Pettis   Composer
Matt Stanfield   Programming,Producer,String Arrangements,Engineering
Jill Phillips   Composer,Producer
Brad Taylor   Publicity
Tim Parker   Art Direction
Jimmy Jernigan   Engineering
Ken Lewis   Programming
Holly Durtschi   Art Direction
David McCollum   Management
Susan Riley   Executive Producer

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Writing on the Wall 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had never heard of Jill until she and her husband came and performed at our church (Green Bay Community). They are very talented musicians and their voices blend perfectly! Wrecking Ball and Grace & Peace are definitely tunes you can sing along to! All Jill's songs are God-centered and make you realized He's in control! I highly recommend this CD!