Saturday News Roundup #51

In the News:

Worth reading:

  • The Dills have been doing a “Word of the Week” series as their twin daughters begin speaking, and trying out new words. Here they try to (appropriately!) pronounce “pickle.”
  • The Collingsworth Family’s alto, Courtney Collingsworth, has been studying professional photography and maintaining a photo blog to showcase her work. This week’s entry, landscapes, is eye-catching.

Performance of the Week:

While this video doesn’t quite capture the energy of a live concert performance, it comes close enough to see the genius behind Lauren Talley’s new rendition of “In Christ Alone.” Impressively, she actually produced the project, tracks and vocals—it wasn’t like someone else arranged this for her.

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  1. She is awesome, can’t wait to see her solo concert!

  2. I love this song and Lauren (just did a Q&A with her for AbsolutelyGospel about the new album/book) – but there’s nothing terribly unique about this arrangement. It sounds like the 100 other versions I’ve heard of the song. That’s not a bad thing – she performs the song EXCEPTIONALLY well – and she nailed that high note towards the back half the song.

    If you’re going to talk about producing and arranging the record and brag about it – this probably wasn’t the best example to use. Great song. Performed perfectly, but not terribly original.

    Still a fan Lauren! 🙂

    • If you’ve heard 100 other versions, you’ve heard too many.

      Let me just throw in one thing: Hear it live before writing it off. 🙂

      • I don’t believe the arrangement is going to change any – whether it’s live or not.

        I haven’t written the song off. I’ve heard it numerous times on Lauren’s CD (since I’m doing a review). Just not terribly original.

        I think there are better songs on the album to showcase Lauren’s creativity – most notably “The Extra Mile,” “Just As I Am,” and “The Wildest Places.”

      • Then again – if you’ve never heard the song before (or the 100 or so covers of the song) – then you’d probably think this was a great arrangement, because it is.

      • I’d say I’ve heard at least a dozen different versions, including the original authors’ versions and assorted CCM acts on YouTube, for comparison. I wouldn’t be surprised if the number was closer to two dozen.

  3. I disagree with Chris…this doesn’t sound anything like any version of “In Christ Alone” that I’ve ever heard.

    Of course, I’ve only heard the Michael English version which is a totally different song. 🙂

    • You had me there. 🙂

      I was totally going, “Yeah, Clarence! Preach it, brother!” and then you got to the punch line. 🙂

  4. I think Lauren is exceptional. People rarely succeed at anything unless they enjoy doing it. She believes every word she sings, and it really shows. I hope she continues producing, arranging, writing, and performing for a long, long time.

  5. Nice arrangement. I have to agree that it’s not terribly original, however.

    Is it just me, or does Lauren’s voice bear an uncanny resemblance to Brian Free? Maybe it is just me, but there’s something about her delivery that really reminds me of Brian.

    • No, it’s not just you. Many people feel that way.

    • …but I will add, Lauren’s speaking voice is way lower!

  6. LOL! Reminds me of Ernie Haase saying of Lynda Randle, “She sings lower than I can!”

  7. The thing I love most about Lauren Talley is that the joy of Christ radiates on her face with every single note she sings. Her song delivery is among the best in this genre, in my opinion.

    That being said, let me be frank here. Although I love Lauren and her sweet voice, I am in agreement that it isn’t terribly original. To me, it closely mirrors my favorite version of this song by the CCM artists’ Avalon. Link to video here:

    However, the beauty of this video, to me, is her interpretation of the lyric and her delivery of the song that makes her version of this song unique and authentic.

    All of this to say, I love Lauren and love pretty much everything she does! She is a beautiful person, inside and out!