Sometimes it is nurture that provides the impetus for what we will do with our lives; we have here 4 sisters that are the progeny of the Rev. Samuel McCrary, one of the original members of the esteemed gospel quartet, The Fairfield Four. Their house was filled with singing, so that music became a birthright and harmony as natural as breathing. They are singing on this disc together for the first time as a group, and, though there have been intermittent times when they have joined together, this is the initial recorded effort. Alfreda sang in the ministry with her husband at the Old Happy Day Church; Deborah became a nurse and sang with her sisters part-time; Ann sang mostly with contemporary gospel stars including The Winans, Yolanda Adams and many more; and Regina as well as singing gospel toured, recorded, and performed with Bob Dylan for 6 years. Regina, Ann and Alfreda recently have performed and recorded with gospel/rock emerging star Mike Farris on a couple of fantastic albums.
This is a disc that blends secular and Gospel music and is filled with the heart of these women. There are six songs by at least one of the sisters including Give Him My All by Regina McCrary and Bob Dylan. Other esteemed songwriters are represented such as Julie Miller, Gary Nicholson and Kevin McKendree. As to producers you have Tommy Sims, Kevin McKendree, Gary Nicholson, Buddy Miller, and Chad Brown, and if things are judged by who helps on a disc (sometimes a good indication of the talent being displayed, other times not—here the former is true) you have many musicians and vocalists that took time away from their own projects to contribute here. Aside from those already listed as producers or even songwriters you have Mike Farris and Delbert McClinton lending their talents to this project. It is a good mix of Gospel and secular musics, and the sisters take turns singing the lead vocals. Their names haven't seen the brightest lights yet so this disc may fly a bit under the radar, however if you liked Buddy Miller's Universal United House of Prayer, Mike Farris' Shout Live!, or Patty Griffin's Downtown Church, don't even think about it, just grab this one up, it is that good.
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Copyright 2011, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
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