CD Review: “Heritage of Hymns” (The Stevens Family)
The Stevens Family is a Southern Gospel family trio based in Warren, Ohio. Group members are husband and wife Rich and Tami Stevens; their daughter Erin completes the trio. She is thirteen years old (and, incidentally, is being homeschooled). Their website notes that she has studied under vocal coach Steve Hurst, and the training shows; her voice has a polished sound and complements her parents’ harmony well. While Rich and Tami Stevens are songwriters and write many of their own songs, this project is a collection of their favorite hymns and Southern Gospel songs.
Probably the most daring track on the project is “Standing on the Promises,” which departs from the country feel of the rest of the project and has a slightly progressive arrangement. But the Stevens family pulls the track off well and makes it a highlight.
Other project highlights include their a capella rendition of “The Love of God” (the hymn, not the Vep Ellis song) and their rendition of “Softly and Tenderly,” featuring particularly well-done harmonies.