CD Review: Journey Through the Sky (HisSong)
HisSong was founded in 2001 by Dennis Humphries. They have maintained a stable lineup (Adam Elrod on tenor, Dennis Humphries on lead, and Adam Cannon on baritone) for several years, long enough to give them the freedom to refine their ensemble sound.
I won’t make the same mistake I made last time (review of On the Way Up) of saying the project doesn’t have a clear breakout hit—especially since “I Believe in Prayer” has already hit the Singing News top 10! Other particularly strong tracks on the project are “Bethlehem, Galilee, Gethsemane” (penned by Bill & Gloria Gaither) and a new, lyrically unique track written by Dianne Wilkinson, “Can You Burn?”
Adam Elrod has a unique power tenor tone, but great control. He knows his limits, stays within them, and anchors the group’s vocal identity in the process. In a genre where vocal production techniques can make a number of groups sound just like other groups on their radio singles, HisSong has a key asset of a distinctive sound. And as their song selection keeps improving, this has become a group to watch.
Song list: Jesus is the Best Thing; Journey Through the Sky; When We Talk to the Father; Can You Burn; What a Difference a Day Makes; I Believe in Prayer; When God Moves a Stone; Bethlehem, Galilee, Gethsemane; Just What I Needed; They’re Getting Ready in Glory. Personnel list: Adam Elrod, Adam Cannon, Dennis Humphries. Review copy provided.