The Liner/Sleeve Notes:
“My heartfelt gratitude to the following people:
All the people at Word Records, for letting me do thing I enjoy most, singing for my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Gary McSpadden and Bergen White, for all the hard work and dedication and the good times that went into making this album a reality.
To all the players, for playing so good and for their sensitivity towards the songs.
The writers, for writing the things that, from my heart, I wanted to say.
My husband, David, for loving me enough to let me be who I am. David, I love you so much!”
Terri Gibbs originally started out singing country music, but somewhere along the line she changed paths and began to perform gospel music, this is one of gospel albums.
The album opens with the song “Take Me Back” and you know what, Terri still gives out that country sound with this song, the musicianship on it is very country sounding, and her vocals are pretty nice and calming, it’s a good song all in all. It’s catchy some. Then comes the song “All for You” and it’s a bit slower, but it’s still fairly decent. Terri is a terrific singer. This song is pretty good, and you can definitely hear the religious undertones in the lyrics, but I’m not complaining because I love the musicianship on this one. It’s great! We go on with the song “Holy Fire Burning” and well, you can definitely sense the late 80’s pop vibe on this one, it’s good though, I’m not a fan of 87/88 pop, but Terri’s voice is just great. “The Shepherd Cried” comes next, and it seems to be another slower track, but it’s not bad, just a bit slow, and I sense I am hearing a harmonica on this track, but the album credits don’t list one. So, maybe I’m wrong. The A-Side closes with the track “Promised Land” which once more is another slower track, it’s not bad, but it’s a bit slow for my liking. But holy gosh, that pick up at the chorus is amazing, that really made the A-Side for me, right there, that part. Amazing.
The B-Side opens with the title track, “Comfort the People” – and once more Terri just sings from her heart, her vocals are great, and filled with such emotion, you can really hear all the hard work put into this album. The chorus comes around and it is quite great, I really love the musicianship on this one. “Sold Out” comes next and it has that bluesy country sound to it, so it’s another good one. Yup, it’s a good song, and it has an all-star quartet of backing vocalists on this one! After that comes “Unconditional Love” and we’re back at a more soft rock – contemporary pop sound with this one, it’s decent not really a stand out track, but decent. “Seek First the Kingdom” comes next, and it’s more upbeat and really a good listen, I like it! It’s definitely one of the tracks that stand out the most. The album closes with the song “My Last Song” which is just a good title for a closing track on an album, clever. It’s a well performed track, I’m liking this album so far. All in all, it’s a good album.
A1 – Take Me Back
A2 – All for You
A3 – Holy Fire Burning
A4 – The Shepherd Cried
A5 – Promised Land
B1 – Comfort the People
B2 – Sold Out
B3 – Unconditional Love
B4 – Seek First the Kingdom
B5 – My Last Song
The New Canaan Records
Studio Musicians & Other Album Credits:
Engineers – Bill Deaton, Brent King & Lynn Fuston
Electric & Acoustic Guitars – Brent Rowan
Acoustic Guitar – Don Potter
Keyboards David Huntsinger
Bass – Mike Brignardello
Drums – Eddie Bayers
Fairlight Programming – Carl Marsh
Percussionist – Farrell Morris
Strings – “The “A” Strings; Concertmaster: Connie Ellisor
Background Vocals – D. Bergen White, Wendy Suits Johnson & Lisa Silver
Background Vocals on “Sold Out” – BeBe Winans, CeCe Winans, Debbie Winans, Angie Winans & Mike English
Arrangements – D. Bergen White
Mastered by Hank Williams at Master Mix, Nashville, TN
Photographer – Mark Tucker
Design – Barbara Keller
Art Direction – Camille Engel
Cover Coordination – Terri Short
Other Albums I Own by Terri Gibbs:
“I’m a Lady”
“Some Days it Rains all Night Long”