CD Review: “Be the One” (Brandon Andrews)

Rating: 3 stars (of 5)

Producer: Jeff Collins.

Song List: I Want To Be the One; Wounded Soldier; Jesus Loves Me; I Bowed On My Knees; Higher Ground; Haven of Rest; O I Want to See Hi; How Great Thou Art; Way of Grace; It is Well.

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This CD appears to be the debut effort by Southern Gospel soloist Brandon Andrews. Though still a teenager, he has a well-trained voice that sounds as though he was at least ten years older.

The level of effort put into this project is quite impressive. It was produced by Jeff Collins and recorded at Crossroads Studios. Several tracks were produced by Roger Talley, and Roger and Lauren Talley, former Greater Vision tenor Chris Allman, and Eric Bennett all contribute background vocals.

Andrews wrote one new song for the project, “Way of Grace.”  The rest of the project consists of familiar songs–five or six hymns, a couple Southern Gospel classics, and two Rodney Griffin tunes. The packaging and artwork is also professionally done.

Many projects are recorded to introduce new songs; this project is more to introduce the singer. Whether as a soloist or with a group, Andrews has a good voice, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we’ll be hearing from him in the future.

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  1. I purchased this cd when Mr. Andrews recently performed a concert at my church and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. He has an amazing musical gift from the Lord and I pray that he is successful in all endeavors to use this ability for the glory of God.

  2. I fully agree with the concluding sentence of your review: we will DEFINITELY be hearing a lot more from Brandon Andrews in the future. “Be the One” is an exciting project to listen to not only because the listener hears a skilled, powerful voice delivering song after song but also because it allows the listener to imagine the incredibly bright future of a talented artist who takes his craft very seriously. Thank you for being one of the first to take note of Brandon and his ultimately unlimited potential!