3:1 CD Review: Family Ties (Wilburn & Wilburn)
1. Jordan Wilburn: Everyone knew Jonathan Wilburn was one of the best singers in Southern Gospel. What we didn’t know was that Jordan Wilburn was also a vocalist of that caliber. This duo has been turning heads so quickly that they may as well take a chiropractor on the road.
2. “A Cross Became my Saving Grace”: An unusual chord progression builds this mellow testimony song into an immediately memorable track. Jordan Wilburn’s high lead vocal brings the song, written by Dianne Wilkinson and Joseph Habedank, to life.
3. “Jesus Will”: This Dianne Wilkinson / Jerry Salley is the sort of accessible and immediately singable song that will have you tapping your foot and humming along by the second or third play.
+1 or :1? Diversity: This album is all over the place stylistically. They try country, they try bluegrass, they try bluesy Southern Gospel, they try progressive Southern Gospel, and probably a few other things, too. And they pull each off each with equal aplomb. Is it too diverse for Southern Gospel, or is it exactly where Southern Gospel needs to go?
Radio Single Picks: “A Cross Became My Saving Grace,” “Jesus Will,” “Devil Be Gone.”
Credits: Group members: Jonathan Wilburn, Jordan Wilburn. • Review copy provided.
Song list:It’s a Shore Thing; Jesus Will; Devil Be Gone; Mama; You’ll Still Be There; A Cross Became My Saving Grace; I John; Things I’ve Never Done; Family Ties; Let’s All Go Down to the River; I Ain’t Giving Up on Jesus.
Album Rating: 4 stars.