CD Review: Sunday Shoes (Chris Golden)
Chris Golden has grown up around Southern Gospel; he played piano for the Telestials in his teens. He is the drummer for the Oak Ridge boys and brother to noted Southern Gospel / Country songwriter Rusty Golden. He has dreamed of doing a solo Southern Gospel project for years; this is the result.
Interestingly, he recorded most of the instrumentals himself. Most were recorded on the road—on concert stages and in hotel rooms.
Several tracks will be familiar to Southern Gospel audiences; four were co-written by Golden’s brother Rusty Golden. Two are already familiar—”Gospel Road” (Kingsmen) and “I Want to Thank You” (Karen Peck & New River). Two are new—”A Different Light” and “Sunday Shoes.” Both of the two new cuts are by Rusty Golden and Dianne Wilkinson. Chris and Darrell Freeman join as guest vocalists on “A Different Light.”
Golden and Wilkinson have written enough hits together that it would be far from surprising to see these two cut and charting by a Southern Gospel artist at some point. The chance to hear them here first would be one of the album’s strongest selling points to a Southern Gospel fan who wouldn’t necessarily purchase it on the Oak Ridge Boys connection alone.
Review copy provided.