‘Reborn’ will make a dif­fer­ence

New al­bum from Find­ing Favour has broad ap­peal to lis­ten­ers

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - RELIGION/COMMUNITY - Tracey Evi­son Sound Bites

Im­pulse shop­ping - not nor­mally a good idea, but some­times it works out in my favour - Find­ing Favour, that is.

I re­cently picked up the sec­ond al­bum from the band Find­ing Favour, “Reborn”. Hail­ing from Ge­or­gia, Blake Nee­smith (lead singer/vo­cals), Dustin Daniels (bass/guitar/vo­cals), Josh Duck­worth (drums) and Allen Dukes (guitar/vo­cals) felt they were called to mu­sic min­istry and even­tu­ally signed their first record deal in 2013.

Re­leased from Go­tee Records and pro­duced by Casey Brown, Toby McKee­han and Joey El­wood, “Reborn” has some­thing to ap­peal to just about ev­ery­one.

Find­ing Favour caught my at­ten­tion with the first track of “Reborn”. The al­bum opens with the catchy sounds of Refuge. “My soul it sings to You/ Oh God You are my refuge/ I will cling to You/ My shel­ter through the storm/ My peace when waves of trou­ble roll/ I will cling...to You.” The band con­tin­ues in a sim­i­lar vein with I’ll Find You. The song speaks of how some­times it seems we can’t see God, but if we look we will find him, whether in the beau­ties of cre­ation or in the ev­i­dence of God’s work in our lives.

Cast My Cares opens qui­etly and leads into an in­tense re­frain, “I will cast my cares on You/ You’re the an­chor of my hope/ You’re the One who’s in con­trol...I trade the trou­bles of this world for Your peace in­side my soul.”

Find­ing Favour also shows their di­ver­sity in the hints of coun­try and blue­grass in the love song, Feels Like the First Time and the quiet rem­i­nis­cence of Tiny Town.

The ti­tle track “Reborn” sings, as one might ex­pect of the mir­a­cle of re­birth when we made new in Christ. “I’m a wak­ing sunrise/ A new cre­ation in­side/ For­ever re­made, the old washed away/ Noth­ing like be­fore/ I’m a child of Your light/ I am reborn.”

The ra­dio hit, Say Amen about how Je­sus is faith­ful.

Says front­man Blake Nee­smith, “Say Amen is a re­minder of God’s undy­ing faith­ful­ness....He’ll never leave us! He’ll never for­sake us! So let us take the good and the bad and re­mem­ber that God has a pur­pose and a plan. In the fire, in the storms, or even in the calm we can stand and Say Amen!”

The 11 songs on “Reborn” rep­re­sent a group who are in­cred­i­bly ver­sa­tile. The al­bum has songs with coun­try and blue­grass in­flu­ence, pop/rock sounds and soft, re­flec­tive tunes. Ev­ery sin­gle song presents the tal­ent and cre­ativ­ity of this band.

Of the band, Nee­smith says, “This is where God’s been lead­ing us for years and now we know we’re home....We pray that our hearts and songs will shine bright into the dark­ness and to­gether make an ex­tra­or­di­nary dif­fer­ence!”

I’d have to say his prayer has been an­swered. “Reborn” is an ex­cel­lent al­bum that will truly make a dif­fer­ence in the lives it touches.

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