CD Review: Heaven’s Worth Waiting For (Watkins Family)

The Watkins Family started singing together in the 1970s. Don and Judy Watkins were founding members; their children Todd, Lorie, and Shanon would ultimately join the group. Don recently passed away; his wife and three children carry the group forward.

An all-star cast of Southern Gospel names worked behind the scenes on this project, Heaven’s Worth Waiting For. It was co-produced by Karen Peck Gooch, Singing News editor Danny Jones, and multi-talented musician Mark Fain. Though members of the group play nine or ten instruments on stage, the only one playing for the studio sessions for the project was daughter Lorie, on banjo.

The song selection is a mixture of new songs, a few previously recorded from other groups, and one classic (“Peace in the Valley”). “She Found Jesus Alive” was written and introduced by Carroll Robertson and has also been recorded by the Hoppers. “Love and Grace,” written by Jim Brady and Rodney Griffin and introduced by the Booth Brothers, works well in the bluegrass setting. “What Love Has Grown,” written by Jim Brady, Tony Wood, and Barry Weeks, was also recorded by Charlotte Ritchie on Bridges over Blue (reviewed here).

This project mixes equal parts bluegrass and Southern Gospel and will delight Southern Gospel fans that enjoy solid Gospel lyrics and melodies painted with a bluegrass palette.

Rating: 4 stars. ♦ Average song rating: 3.8 stars. ♦ Group members: Judy Watkins, Todd Watkins, Lorie Watkins, Shannon Watkins. ♦ Produced by: Karen Peck Gooch, Danny Jones, Mark Fain. ♦ Available from: Artist. Review copy provided. ♦ Song list: She Found Jesus Alive; Love That Wouldn’t Let Go; What a Wonderful Name; Captain Reached Down For My Soul; She’s Working On Her Testimony; Love and Grace; To Know You More; Sometimes You Gotta Rock the Boat; Closer to Home; What Love Has Grown; Peace in the Valley.

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