Blanca’s first solo pro­ject ‘ter­rific ef­fort’

De­but CD is an en­er­getic one

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - RELIGION - Tracey Evi­son Sound Bites Tracey Evi­son, a mu­si­cian and ed­u­ca­tor on P.E.I., writes this col­umn for The Guardian ev­ery se­cond Satur­day. She can be con­tacted by email at trevo­rand­tracey@pei.sym­pa­

In the world of mu­sic, there are al­ways changes.

Bands lose mem­bers and take on new ones, artists be­gin solo ca­reers and so on.

Last year Blanca, who had been a mem­ber of Group 1 Crew for nearly a decade, stepped out in faith to be­gin a solo ca­reer. With the re­lease of her self-ti­tled de­but al­bum, lis­ten­ers have been learn­ing that this was a good choice.

Pro­duced by a plethora of ex­pe­ri­enced pro­duc­ers, in­clud­ing Seth Mosley, Blanca’s first solo pro­ject is quite pleas­ing.

The pop al­bum opens with Dif­fer­ent Drum, an en­er­getic rhyth­mic track, with th­ese lyrics: “We’re gonna march to the beat of a dif­fer­ent drum...... and we’ll keep on movin’ be­cause we’re not afraid to stand out.”

The first re­lease from the al­bum, “Who I Am” has seen tremen­dous ra­dio play and for good rea­son. Blanca’s smooth vo­cals and the pow­er­ful mes­sage: “I’m run­ning to One who knows me, who made ev­ery part of me in His hand/ I’m hold­ing to the One who holds me.... cause I know who I am.... .I am sure/ I am yours.”

Get Up, fea­tur­ing Le­crae, takes a page from Blanca’s hip hop roots. The driv­ing per­cus­sion sup­ports the en­ergy through the track and re­minds lis­ten­ers “the whole world’s wait­ing on you.... it’s time to make a move/ get up/ work... We got one shot so we doin’ it/ Then it’s lights out/Ain’t playin’ games, still unashamed/ Not back­ing down.” It’s a wake up call to Chris­tians that we only have one life to live for Christ and we need to get up and work for the king­dom.

Sur­ren­der is truly a prayer of sur­ren­der. Blanca sings about how we can give up on our fears and let God take over ev­ery part of our lives. Here’s a sam­ple of the lyrics: “You can take all of me, all of me/ I sur­ren­der.... All the fear, all the shame in­side of me/ All the pride, ev­ery in­se­cu­rity/ All the guilt of the se­crets that I keep/ Take it all, take it all/ Ev­ery hope, ev­ery dream, make them Yours.... Take it all, take it all.” The artist belts out the lyrics to this ten­der prayer of com­mit­ment and ex­poses her heart to her lis­ten­ers.

Truly, this de­but CD from Blanca is a ter­rific ef­fort. The songs are gen­er­ally very en­er­getic pop tunes, but the heart be­hind the artist comes through in ev­ery track. Blanca has pro­duced a qual­ity al­bum from a very tal­ented artist.

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