Street Date: 12/01/2006
A relative newcomer, Josh Blakesley has always oozed talent. With this stunning sophomore release, that talent--songwriting prowess and soaring vocals, among others--has come to fruition. Serving up 12 punchy, inventive pop, rock and funk tracks, Waiting gives convincing testimony: blessings really do come to those who wait on the Lord. Josh s "amazing gift of voice" Song after song, Josh's pure, strong voice shines. Just ask producer Jeff Thomas, who's worked with some of the best in the business. "Josh has an amazing gift of voice," he noted after their initial studio sessions. "He can sing well throughout the male vocal range--for hours without tiring." Backed by some of Nashville's best Backing that great voice are some of the top musicians in Nashville--and in contemporary Christian music: Dave Cleveland (Steven Curtis Chapman, Twila Paris) and Scott Dente (Watermark) on guitar, Matt Pierson (Michael W. Smith, Rich Mullins) on bass, and Jonathan Smith (Kevin Max) on drums. Other contributors include Matt Maher, who co-wrote four of the songs. Infectious groove, righteous keyboards, incredible horns Be Lifted High" doesn't hint at funk and R&B--it's the real thing. The infectious groove, the righteous keyboards, the incredible horns--is that Maceo Parker on sax?--this, my friends, is what is known as "getting down." If you can't feel it, um, check your pulse. Funk gem a la Stevie Wonder Think Stevie Wonder or Parliament Funkadelic--but with a gospel message. Exalting God from beginning to end, the song ends like any good revival, with preacher Josh calling out, "Can I get a witness?! Can I get an amen?!" Caught up in the funk, you can't help but shout, "Amen!" Vigorous rock tracks, delicate ballads Other highlights include "Pour Out My Heart," a vigorous rock track that reflects on the sacrifices involved in following Christ: "I come to the altar to give up my life, hungry for mercy from you." A delicate ballad written for his infant daughter, "Sophie'