Music Industry News Network [01-26-2018]

The Old Country Church Comes Alive With Kathryn Shipley's "Take My Hand (Lead Me Through This Life)”


M U S I C * R E V I E W S

Hej America!
Today I received a single from my friends at Bongo Boy. I was pretty excited when I saw that Kathryn Shipley won the 2017 Josie Music Award in Nashville for Artist of The Year in the Gospel/Country category. The funny thing is that at one time I scoffed at Country. Now, I have to say I dig it almost as much as good old three chord Punk rock. I have Hank Williams III to thank for enlightening me. I have always had a soft spot in my heart for Gospel, despite not being a particularly religious guy. Almost all of the old Motown artists I love so much started singing in the church, so it is logical that the emotion would carry over into their Motown releases.
Simply put, when I read that Kathryn won the award for artist of the year in the Country/Gospel category, the first thing that went through my mind was “This song is going to rock, soulfully!”
Folks, it does indeed rock soulfully. There is no doubt that Kathryn has a tremendous voice. The woman has some serious pipes. I also have to give a nod to the background singers. Man, I love soulful background vocals. Naturally, Gar Francis adds a wealth of soul to the song, but what really impressed me, aside from the vocals, was the keyboard work of Eric Barfield. Talk about an old-school nitty-gritty organ jam. Everything together reminds me of the Stones in their most soulful period when Ian Stewart was playing keyboards.
In conclusion, this is a fantastic song that is going to stay in my personal collection. I look forward to hearing more from Kathryn and would love to see her live show.

Bottom line: 5 out of 5 scowls on the Grouch scale. - The Grouch | in the Rockies

The Old Country Church comes alive with Kathryn Shipley's "Take My Hand (Lead Me Through This Life)”. This is going to be the next Praise Song every church will be wanting to sing.
Kathryn's smooth vocals and easily understandable wording is a song you'll be singing as soon as you hear it! I was singing along before I knew it. The lyrics are simple, but they go from her voice straight to your heart. When a vocal artist can capture this along with her heart in every word, it is a magical thing. Kathryn Shipley does just that!
You'll love the sound of the keys in the song and I know you'll be able to picture it in that church.
All of the vocals and music are pure, clean and to the point. Sometimes that is exactly what is needed to make a hit song such as this one!
Congratulations to Kathryn Shipley on another great one. This is her best!
Get this song and share it with your worship leader, church or pastor.
It is something that you'll be singing through the day!
Thank you, Kathryn, for sharing the God-given talent you have.
This is going to take you places where you never thought you'd go! - Patty Spade Cochran

Release Date: 2.6.18 (Worldwide)

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Contact: Monique Grimme | Bongo Boy Records, LLC 2018©

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