CD Review: Spreading His Word (Mylon Hayes Family)


Spreading His Word - Mylon Hayes FamilyOne staple of many Southern Gospel albums is “prodigal son” songs—songs that discuss how wicked and far from God the narrator was before salvation, often in dramatic and emotional terms. But “prodigal son” songs don’t fit every testimony, especially those of children raised in a Christian family who came to know Jesus as Lord and Savior at an early age. Occasionally, Southern Gospel family groups give their children “prodigal son” songs to sing anyhow, sometimes with a rather incongruous end result.

Spreading His Word, the new release for the Mylon Hayes Family, is strong in many areas. But perhaps its most notable strength is that the themes of its songs are appropriate for the family’s stage in life. The songs focus on the themes of the joys of salvation and the importance of Christians living according to Biblical standards. They avoid dwelling too deeply on adult themes, but they also avoid the other extreme of writing lyrics that are cheesy and almost condescending. (How many times have we seen a song written for a Southern Gospel child singer to sing that include a line like, “I’m know I’m little, but…”?)

The style will be comfortable and familiar to fans of Mylon’s past and ongoing work with his parents and siblings in the Hayes Family. There’s a mixture of convention songs (“Oh, What a Morning” and “The Sweetest Words He Ever Said”), middle-of-the-road orchestrated songs (“There’s Still a Refuge”), new songs, and classics.

Vocally, we’ve known for years how strong of a lead/tenor voice Mylon Hayes has. Wendy’s rich Collingsworth-like alto has been a pleasant surprise. Twins Connor and Bailey’s voices are settling nicely into their adult ranges, and improve with each recording. Youngest daughter Kennedy’s voice sounds as young as she is, and fits well where featured.

Because the Hayes Family still tours some weekends, and Mylon remains on the road with them, the Mylon Hayes Family’s touring schedule is limited schedule. But if their first two recordings are any indication, it would be safe to say that the future of the Hayes clan is in very good hands.

Traditional or Progressive: Middle-of-the-road with traditional moments.

Group Members: Mylon Hayes, Wendy Hayes, Connor Hayes, Bailey Hayes, Kennedy Hayes.

Credits: Produced by Mylon Hayes. Recorded at Crowning Touch Studio, Rushing Winds Studio, and Crossroads Studios. Mixed and Mastered by Van Atkins. Additional post production by Mylon Hayes.

Song List (songwriters in parentheses): Don’t Look Back (Edsel Coates); I’m Depending on God (Rodney Griffin); Glad I Know the Lord (Rebecca Peck, John Robinson); There’s Still a Refuge (Sandy Blythe); More and More Like You (Rodney Griffin); A Name I Highly Treasure (Oscar Eliason); Prayer Meeting (Dianne Wilkinson, Rebecca Peck); Jesus Can Change Your Life (Rebecca Peck); The Sweetest Words He Ever Said (Joel Hemphill); The Well (Mark Hall, Matthew West); Oh, What a Morning (Marty Phillips, Ann Phillips).

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  1. The inclusion of Rodney’s “More and More Like You” piqued my interest. I’ve always loved that song, and am glad they brought it back!

  2. This will be my next purchase. I was super impressed with this family at the red book sing at NQC . Awesome!!

    • Yes, they are impressive in that context; it is rare to see children as skilled at red-back-style singing as they are. Yet the CD shows that it’s just one of several styles at which they excel. So I think their future is pretty bright. 🙂

  3. I really enjoy this family’s music! I’ll be ordering the CD pronto!!

  4. I thought of another way to say what I was trying to say in the review. Far too often, we (myself included) see the “Gospel” part of “Southern Gospel” and our minds drift to the moment of our salvation. But the Gospel message is about more than just that one moment: “… whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified” (Romans 8:30, KJV). The Gospel message includes our sanctification (becoming more like Jesus) and our glorification (being raised with Him). This album’s themes certainly touch on justification and glorification, but seem to dwell the longest on sanctification. And that’s a good thing, a very good thing; we need more Southern Gospel songs about sanctification.

    • Thanks for that comment–may be one of the most insightful comments on Gospel music ever.

      • Well, thank you! In that event, perhaps I should turn it into a separate post so that more than 10 people see it!

  5. Not only do they have a great sound, Mylon and Wendy are 2 of the nicest people you will ever meet!

    • Yes, they are! Their children are super-nice, too!

  6. Daniel, is the song “The Well” the same song that Casting Crowns did?

    • Sorry, I don’t have the faintest idea.

      • Haha, yeah I guess I should know by now that’s not really your style. 🙂 Another reviewer mentioned it was, I was wondering if it was the same song I was thinking of.

  7. I got this CD as soon as it was released. LOVE IT!