CD Review: Faith to Believe (Mike & Kelly Bowling)
Producer: Mike Bowling.
Song List: Your Cries Have Awoken the Master; It’s Alright; I’ve Never Walked Alone; God’s Not Through With You; Oh How Sweet is the Victory; Notified; A Miracle Today; I Never Shall Forget the Day; I Have Faith; The Only One; Keep Breathing; We Have a Savior.
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Mike Bowling got his start in Southern Gospel in 1995, singing with the New Hinsons. He moved to the Perrys and sang there for several years before becoming a soloist and touring with the Crabb Family. During the Crabb Family’s final year or two, he started his own group, the Mike Bowling Group, and went through several iterations of that group before the Crabbs disbanded and his wife Kelly (Crabb) Bowling joined the group. Though they are a trio (with Jeff Snyder as the third vocalist), they decided to re-brand the group as Mike & Kelly Bowling. This is their first release since re-branding the group.
The album has already done well for the group, producing two #1 hits, “We Have a Savior” (December 2007) and “Your Cries Have Awoken the Master” (August 2008).
The songs come from a strong list of contributors: Marcia Henry (“God’s Not Through With You”), Carrol McGruder (“We Have a Savior”), Rebecca Isaacs Bowman and Sonya Isaacs (“Your Cries Have Awoken the Master” and “A Miracle Today”), Sue Smith, and several others. Mike & Kelly Bowling co-wrote one of the tracks (with Sue Smith as a third contributor), “I Have Faith.”
Mike Bowling produced and arranged this project. One gets the impression this is exactly the album he wanted to make; with an artistic vision and capability this strong at the helm of the group, don’t be surprised to see the Mike Bowling Group at the forefront of country / progressive Southern Gospel for years to come.