CD Review: “For Heaven’s Sake” (Southern Sound)
Southern Sound has seen more than its share of personnel changes over the past year or two; two bios on the group’s website introduce a member as the newest, while a third member is introduced as one of the newest. Yet with all the changes, lead singer and manager Ben Harris has managed to keep a solid lineup together and consistently produce good projects. The group has added a pianist (Barry Patrick) since releasing their current project, but the vocal lineup on For Heaven’s Sake is still the current lineup.
Baritone Trevor Haley (baritone/pianist at the time of the project’s release) wrote two of the songs on the project, “In the Book” and “Ain’t Worth Talkin’ About.” He has several (vocal) solos on the project, most notably “Before I Called Him Father.”
Mike Young, whose father was David Young of the Couriers, is Southern Sound’s new tenor. He is featured on “Can’t Stand Up Alone” and “House of Gold.”
Southern Sound’s new bass singer is Alan Brewster. He demonstrates his versatility on this project, showcasing the lower end of his range on “Look Down That Lonesome Road,” while turning in possibly the best performance of the project on the Rodney Griffin song “Grace Found a Place.” (The song was originally recorded by the Dixie Melody Boys on their 1999 project Headin’ Home.)
This project is a nice combination of familiar classics and new songs, and provides a good introduction for Alan Brewster and David Young to Southern Gospel audiences.