CD Review: Expecting Good Things (Jeff & Sheri Easter)
Two years ago, after thirteen or fourteen years on the road with Jeff & Sheri Easter, Charlotte Ritchie resigned and started a solo career. When Jeff & Sheri announced that their fourteen-year-old daughter Morgan would be taking Charlotte’s place at the soprano spot, many fans wondered if she had what it took to hold down the soprano spot.
Expecting Good Things is the first Jeff & Sheri album with Morgan on soprano. Though it has been available on their table and their website since last fall, it releases to stores tomorrow—a few days past the two-year mark of Ritchie’s departure.
Giving Morgan the time to grow into the role paid off. Though Ritchie was either a first soprano or a second soprano with a first soprano’s voice quality, and Morgan is more a high alto, she holds down the part ably. She sounds like a younger version of her mother; since Sheri Easter has one of the most recognized and loved alto voices in the genre, that’s hardly a bad thing. Her two feature songs, “Time For Me to Fly” and “I Need You More Today,” are among the album’s highlights.
At thirteen songs, fans definitely get their money’s worth. “The Sun Will Shine Again” is a standout uptempo track. Sheri’s strongest features include “Love Remains” and the album’s closing track, “Hear My Heart.” Jeff Easter is featured on “In the Name of Jesus” and “I Get To.”
With Expecting Good Things, the new all-family vocal lineup of the Easters moves forward without missing a beat.
Rating: 4 stars. ♦ Group members: Morgan Easter (soprano), Sheri Easter (alto), Jeff Easter (lead), Madison Easter (guitar), Kyle Calloway (drums). ♦ Produced by: Jeff Easter, Sheri Easter, Greg Cole. ♦ Available from: Artist, bookstores. Review copy provided. ♦ Song list: The Sun Will Shine Again; Born to Climb; Time For Me to Fly; Love Remains; Working On a Road; I Know I Love You; Expecting Good Things; Over the Mountain; I Get To; I Need You More Today; I Don’t Wanna Cry; In the Name of Jesus; Hear My Heart.