CD Review: Healer of My Heart (Sisters)
Sisters traces its musical roots back to the Ruppes, a family group that hit its peak of popularity in the mid-1990s. For some time, Sisters did selected dates, while Kim Ruppe Lord did other dates with her husband, Michael Lord, as LordSong. Recently, though, Michael Lord has come off the road, and Sisters has moved to full-time status. Healer of My Heart, released by Daywind earlier this week, is their first major-label release.
This project should particularly appeal to fans of Point of Grace. Most of the tracks have a 90s adult contemporary sound (and, off topic—yes, Chris U., I am predicting and watching for your comment to the contrary!) Though Point of Grace’s trademark has been incredibly tight harmonies, sibling genes give Sisters a blend as tight or tighter.
It is not exactly clear what the project’s first single is. The cover letter stated it is “Can’t Keep from Singing,” while an attached promo sheet stated it was the story-song “Mercy Leads.” It could be that the former is going to adult contemporary radio, while the latter is going to Southern Gospel radio.
Sisters’ tight harmonies and riveting solos would make probably anything they sing at least somewhat compelling. Tracks that should appeal to middle-of-the-road Southern Gospel fans include “God’s Grace,” “Mercy Leads,” “Healer of My Heart,” and what is probably the project’s strongest track, the thought-provoking ballad “We All Came to the Cross.”
If your musical preferences include artists like Point of Grace and Hope’s Call, you will probably enjoy the whole project. Even if your tastes are more traditional or middle-of-the-road, you should still find several tracks to enjoy.
Song list: I Can’t Keep from Singing; You Made My Day; God’s Grace; Everything Yuo Do; We All Came to the Cross; Brothers and Sisters; Healer of My Heart; Unexpected Blessings; Mercy Leads; I’m Sure; You Always Answer Me; Healer of My Heart (reprise). Personnel list: Kim Lord, Heather Day, Valerie Ruppe. Review copy provided.