Street Date: 05/26/2009
Considering John Mandeville has already topped the charts a dozen times over penning tunes for the illustrious likes of Point Of Grace, Avalon, Tammy Trent, 4Him, Clay Crosse, Pam Thum and Phillips, Craig and Dean, anticipation at a fever pitch for his solo debut as a singer/songwriter. Though he may be a relative newcomer, in those contexts, WE BELONG TO HEAVEN simultaneously demonstrates his lyrical depth, vocal charm and deft precision as a musician and producer. Not only does he write and sing every song on the CD, but plays piano and guitar, while also handling duties behind the boards (with a little help from 5-time Grammy Award winner Richard Dodd at the mastering console).
No wonder why the switch hitter s already scored two coveted Dove Award nominations, overwhelmingly positive pre-release reviews in Lifeway s Christian Single and Cornerstone Connection Magazine, while also his music appears all the world over in outlets as diverse as the CBS Television Network, Trinity Broadcasting Network, Live Today TV and popular inspirational program 100 Huntley Street . Despite the constant glow of the spotlight, Mandeville is also incredibly humble relating to his craft, offering that acclaimed artistry within praise and worship settings, including multiple conferences, pastoral events and public services.
Given that varied swath of creativity, WE BELONG TO HEAVEN boasts both the uplifting appeal of spiritual conviction with uncompromised musicality likely to resonate with fans of Sting, Steven Curtis Chapman, Chris Tomlin, and the David Crowder Band. Even amidst those virtuoso abilities, Mandeville remains committed to encouraging his listeners with the material found therein, an intention that s particularly relevant in today s troubled times. Then again as the album s title so eloquently proclaims, it s not about concentrating on earthy issues, but rather walking in footsteps of faith while preparing for our eternal destiny.