Concert Review: The Freemans
I have been listening to the Freemans for over 20 years but I have never been to one of their concerts … until this past Saturday. We got there 1 1/2 hours ahead of time so we were able to sit close to the front and then had plenty of time to check out the product table before the concert started.
The service began with the pastor saying a few words and then the congregation sang “I’m Going That Way,” “Looking for a City,” and “What a Day That Will Be.” Then the offering was taken and the Freemans were introduced.
They started the concert with their current radio single, “Cast in the Sea,” followed by “Hello in Heaven,” “The Next Step,” and then Joe Freeman sang, “Sing Hallelujah.”
At times during the concert, I was close to tears as I thought of how the Freemans have had a hard couple years with multiple deaths in the family, Chris being in an accident in early 2007 and, most recently, Misty’s miscarriage but watching them sing about God’s goodness and faithfulness, you would never know the heartache they’ve experienced. Chris was right on when she said, “Sometimes it’s hard to praise the Lord but that’s when we need to praise Him the most.”
They then sang “In Spite of the Storm.” On the original recording, Chris sang both verses but lately Misty has been singing the second verse in concert and it brings tears to my eyes every time I hear it. “Rise Up” was next and then they introduced the group members.
After that, Darrell & Chris took a break while Misty sang “Cinderella,” which she co-wrote with Kim McLean. It’s a great song and is on a CD that’s not out yet but is scheduled to be released in late January or February. Misty then sang a bluegrass-sounding song with Joe and Chris backing her up called “Walking Through the Fire.” Then she called her dad up to sing “I Need a Drink.” She said she originally wrote the song for herself to sing, but Darrell does a great job and I love Misty’s background vocals on that song. Her voice continues to mature and her sweet nature makes her a blessing to listen to.
The last song on that set was their former #1 song, “He Chose Me” which is scheduled to be included on an upcoming Gaither Homecoming DVD.
After that, the pastor got up and preached a message on pleasure and how we should not strive for worldly pleasure but we need to keep God at the center of everything we do. There were several who went forward for the altar call afterwards.
The Freemans then went back to the stage and ended the service with “Children of the Dust.”
What impressed me the most in watching them afterwards is how they can be in a room full of people and yet make each person feel like they are the only one in the room. That is a trait I want to learn, and I love watching people who have mastered that.