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The Torchmen Quartet prove “Faithful” after almost 50 years

Written by Staff on March 30, 2018 – 8:40 am -

Canada's premiere quartet, the Torchmen

Canada’s premiere quartet, the Torchmen

 

The Torchmen Quartet: Faithful

Recorded at Crossroads Recording Studio, Grant Ave Studios

Producers: Chris Allman, Amy King, Jon Hisey

Label: Independent

Review by: Lorraine Walker

 

It was a pleasure to receive the latest album from the Torchmen Quartet, entitled “Faithful.” Appropriately named, this recording talks about being faithful to the Lord Jesus every day, through every difficulty, and in every circumstance. I have known the TQ’s members, Mike Moran, Jon Hisey, Sandy MacGregor and Jeff Tritton for a long time and can attest to the fact that these gentlemen have been faithful to their call and to the Lord.

 

From the very first play of the first cut on the project, this CD feels like the TQ you know and enjoy, but upscaled to an even better version of themselves. “It’s An Everyday Thing,” has the type of instrumentation and vocals that listeners of Torchmen projects are used to, with violin and steel guitar, and the melody line seems perfect for MacGregor, who handles the song with ease. Special note that the drums on this track were played by Michael Booth, who has an excellent touch on the toms. This tune was written by Rebecca J. Peck, who also wrote two more cuts on this album.

 

The Torchmen Quartet's latest release, Faithful

The Torchmen Quartet’s latest release, Faithful

“Faithful Father” is an easy-listening quartet song, written by Rodney Griffith and Chris Binion. It’s a good reminder that no matter what, our Heavenly Father is faithful; much more so than we can possibly be. I enjoy Tritton’s vocals regardless of what he sings, and he adds his smooth tones to this song which is polished and so comforting to the ear and the heart.

 

“Crown Him King,” a quartet favorite by Luther G. Presley and Wally Varner, is handled effortlessly by this seasoned group. So well, I’m almost positive they have recorded it before. The quartet has recorded over 30 projects and I don’t claim to have every project, so it could well be that they have. Regardless, it is an excellent track.

 

“What If Someone” is another smooth Tritton song, written by Lanny Wolfe. It will make you wonder what if you had never been told about Jesus…and who you should be telling about Him today that may not hear about the Lord in any other way.

 

“I Want to Live Like Jesus,” written by Ernie Haase and Dianne Wilkinson, has the flair and instrumentation of a Cathedral Quartet cut. I so enjoyed the precision and thought behind this tune.

 

The Torchmen Quartet's latest release, Faithful. Back Liner

The Torchmen Quartet’s latest release, Faithful. Back Liner

Torchmen listeners may not be overly surprised at some song choices by MacGregor, but I have to admit, when I heard the opening strains of this song and realized what it was, I couldn’t believe my ears. But what a treat! If you listened to Christian music in the ‘80s, you couldn’t help but hear Twila Paris sing, “The Warrior is a Child.” MacGregor takes this song to new places and it truly becomes a quartet song. Great job, gentlemen. Kudos to your producer, Chris Allman.

 

“Good Things” is another Rebecca Peck song, this time with David Jenkins. Another finger-snapping tune shows the men’s crisp timing and more great vocals by Tritton.

 

“Reunion with You” begins with a melancholy tone in both lyric and notes, but sadness changes to hope with the chorus which reminds us that there will be an eternal reunion with our loved ones someday. This song by Tim Lanier immediately reminded me of my mom who passed away almost 8 years ago; however, the pang of separation never seems to diminish. Mike Moran tells this story with finesse and the ability to communicate emotion, thought and lyric, that has made him a favorite with Canadian audiences.

 

“Wonder Working God” lists among its writers the husband/wife team of Zane and Donna King. I prefer to listen to a new project without reading the liner first, so I knew this was a special cut even before reading that Donna was a part of it. She is one of the most talented people in Christian music and it seems that anything she is a part of becomes touched with a special sparkle that is all her own. One of my favorite cuts.

 

“I’m Gonna Keep Praying,” another Rodney Griffith song, reminds us what a privilege it is to be able to talk to God any time, anywhere. Another easy-listening song that has powerful, understated lyrics. That may sound like an oxymoron but when you listen to the song, you will agree.

 

Torchmen

Torchmen

“What Kind of Man,” another Dianne Wilkinson song, helps us look at the humanity of Jesus, which is not a subject often addressed by preachers, let alone Christian music. Well done, Dianne and Janice Crow. Well sung as well, as the harmonies are lovely.

 

“When the Preacher Gets to Preaching,” written by Rebecca Peck and Christine Degazio, is a fun song that reminds me of the old-time pastors you hear about, the kind who preaches it so straight that the listeners’ hair is parted. Those of us who have been privileged to sit under that kind of sermon totally get this song. Jon Hisey, great vocals! Totally enjoyed this song.

 

“Oh, What a Price,” the last Peck/Jenkins song, is a beautiful ballad that should be picked up by those churches who present an Easter choir performance. Lyrically and melodically, this song catches the enormity and solemnity of the cost of salvation.

 

Chris Allman’s comments on the liner indicate that he understands this quartet and his work on this project confirms it. Amy King and Jon Hisey, your talents are also greatly appreciated. For the rest of the album information, the reader is encouraged to buy a copy for themselves.

 

If you are a fan of Southern gospel music, or just like well done music of any kind, please pick up this album. Thanks so much, Torchmen Quartet, for continuing to raise the bar on your recorded music. Here’s to another 50 years!

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Twila Paris To Release Patriotic Project February 28, 2012

Written by SGN Scoops on February 1, 2012 – 4:37 am -

Nashville, TN (January 31, 2012) —- eOne Christian Music is happy to announce the release of Twila Paris’ new project, God Shed His Grace – Songs Of Truth And Freedom, on February 28, 2012.  Paris personally selected the thirteen songs that are featured on the new CD, eleven from previous albums and two newly recorded patriotic hymns, God Of Our Fathers and America The Beautiful.  The music is timeless as it addresses the hope and struggle of Christians, as they pray their way through a darkened world.  Paris hopes the CD will be seen as her support for her fellow Americans during this critical time in our country’s history. “I was brought up to be a patriot, grateful to be an American and born into this land of blessing,” says Paris.  “Lately, it seems our country is running away from its true foundation, but I believe a growing number of Americans are praying and working for a return to the principles that made this nation great. The songs I’ve selected for this CD were written against a backdrop of dramatic changes in our society since the 1980’s. Some were inspired by current events, and some were more personal.  These songs, old and new, are for the faithful Americans who are living in obedience to God, and know that His holy breath will once again be guiding our sails.”Paris has been described as one of modern inspirational music’s most prolific singer-songwriters, which is very evident on her self-penned tune, True North.  The lyrics ring with a reality that is still so apparent these days; We lost our bearings following our own mind/We left conviction behind/Fear of the future springing from the sins of the past/Hiding the hope that would last/How did we ever wander so far and where do we go from here?/How will we know where it is?  Paris’ GMA Song Of The Year, God Is In Control, resonates with Biblical clarity; This is no time for fear/This is a time for faith and determination/Don’t lose the vision here/Carried away by the motion/Hold on to all that you hide in your heart.  And what better words for America’s future than through God Of Our Fathers; Thy love divine hath led us in the past/In this free land by Thee our lot is cast/Be Thou our Ruler, Guardian, Guide and Stay/Thy Word our law, Thy paths our chosen way. Paris will be taking her message of faith and hope to live audiences in March and April, when she joins Steve Green, Wayne Watson and Michael Card on the Christian Classic Tour that launches on March 29th.  For further updates on Paris please visit her website at www.twilaparis.com.About Twila ParisWhen Paris first entered the national Christian music scene in 1980, she started an incredible musical journey that includes; releasing 23 albums (including God Shed His Grace – Songs Of Truth And Freedom), 33 #1 singles, over 1.3 million albums sold, 10-time Dove Award winning artist including 3 years for Female Vocalist of the Year, 30 Dove nominations, and several featured songs in church hymnals across the country.  Born in Ft. Worth, TX, Paris now lives in Arkansas with her husband of 26 years and is currently homeschooling her 10-year-old son. About eOne Christian MusiceOne Christian Music is dedicated to the support of culturally-relevant and ministry-focused artists.  Established in 2005, the Christian division of eOne Christian Music is fast becoming an emerging voice in Christian music with a roster including; Twila Paris, Avalon, The Myriad, gospel chart-topper William McDowell and the recent signings of strong emerging talent such as Rush Of Fools, Echoing Angels and Nathan Tasker. eOne Christian Music is distinguished by their strong focus on artist development, their commitment to building relationships with artists and their goal to build lasting ministries, while making a difference in both the music industry and the global community.


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