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7/10/2012 - Dove Award Winner Cheri Keaggy Releases New CD Today
Dove Award-winning artist Cheri Keaggy releases her new CD, So I Can Tell, today on the singer/songwriter's Psalm 91 record label. The first CD since her independent 2007 release, Because He First Loved Us, Keaggy draws on the encouragement of Scripture and her utter reliance on the comforting power of God to create an honest, engaging recording that is reflective of her emergence from a difficult season in life.
"Out of the trials of the last few years, I feel like God has given me some gold," Keaggy says of the new songs. "Now it's time for me to pour it out."
So I Can Tell is being released on the 18-year anniversary of the 1994 Sparrow Records release of Keaggy's Dove Award-nominated debut CD, Child of the Father.
In conjunction with today's CD release, multiple media outlets will be featuring the new project, including HearItFirst.com, CCMMagazine.com, Parent Talk Radio, Christian Television Network's Bridges, Cornerstone TV's Focus 4, LeSea Broadcasting's The Harvest Show, Atlanta Live and NewReleaseTuesday.com, which is offering a free download of the title track, as well as promoting the single to more than 240 affiliated radio stations.??"So I Can Tell is a breath of fresh air — simple, honest, and pure… This album is a treasure!" says NewReleaseTuesday.com.
Under the guidance of Gospel Music Hall of Famer and legendary guitarist Phil Keaggy, Cheri Keaggy called on the combined talents of Scott Dente and Ken Lewis from Global Genius Productions to produce the new record. The combination of rich, acoustic sounds with Cheri Keaggy's signature plaintive vocals and searingly honest lyrics results in a project that confronts life's realities, even when filled with despair, and offers listeners the way to navigate through the challenges to a place of hope through Christ.
"Cheri's new CD is a real blessing on many levels and these songs are among my favorite Cheri songs," says Phil Keaggy. "They are brimming with heart and truth. There is a deep passion in her lyrics that truly touches the soul of the listener. Cheri really shines on this masterful collection of her original material. This CD will touch you and lift you with hope."
"Cheri is at a really special time in her life…a lot of these songs represent a fresh start," Dente says. "(Working on the project has) been a complete joy."??"Cheri brought some beautiful songs, some amazing songs to the project," says Lewis.
Penned following the end of her nearly 23-year marriage to her high school sweetheart, So I Can Tell is a testimony of God's goodness in the midst of pain and suffering. Like a modern day psalmist, Keaggy's lyrics express grief, loneliness, and God's comfort in the contemporary hymns "Bind Me To You," "There Will Be One Day" and the arresting "Hello, God." She echoes the apostle Paul in the memorable piano ballad "To Live is Christ" and celebrates Christ's provision in the ukulele-based crowd favorite "Air, Food, and Water."
Through an accessible folk-pop presentation, the album leaves listeners with a renewed sense that God is with us, no matter what. So I Can Tell is filled with the radio-ready songs for which Keaggy is known and loved. Her lush vocals lovingly caress piano ballads like the title cut and the haunting "When You Were Jesus To Me." Her voice takes on a lilting quality in the hope-infused "Starting a New Year Today," written on the one-year anniversary of her divorce. As an added bonus, guitar maestro Phil Keaggy closes the album with the peace-evoking benediction "Postlude: Invitation to Hope."
Cheri Keaggy partnered with her fans to raise the capital for the new project through the innovative Kickstarter "crowd-funding" business model. Keaggy joins Christian musicians such as Shaun Groves and John Schlitt, and Christian filmmaker Steve Taylor (Donald Miller's Blue Like Jazz), who also used the service to fund their most recent projects.
"I never would have had the courage to launch Kickstarter if I hadn't already experienced God working so mightily on my behalf through the body of Christ," says Keaggy. "Somehow I knew if God was in this music, then it would be no trouble at all for Him to supply the resources to make it happen. He truly is bringing 'beauty from ashes' with this project."
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