As a storyteller, Thom Shumate is
exceptional; when he puts those stories to music, they come to life, to
challenge those who seek a relationship with Jesus and encourage those who
release "til you believe?,"
is his debut release on record label Bricklayer Communications. This
richly textured, exceptionally produced recording seeks to point all
listeners to the Truth with a collection of eleven songs aimed at the
With Shumate on
acoustic guitar, and a who?s who of musicians and guest vocalists (such
as Susan Ashton, Erin O?Donnell and Jeffrey Benward), "til
you believe?," is a mix of ballads
and energetic folk rock tunes. Shumate?s vocalizations reveal the
maturity of a practiced vocalist, where he is clearly comfortable singing
melodically or full voiced.
Acknowledging that God
is most concerned with being glorified by our lives, he reminds us of the
freedom we have in surrendering to Jesus with songs such as "Sweet
Surrender" and "Love Draws You Near." "Walk On"
and "Committed to the Call" encourage the believer to press on
amidst life?s trials and oppression. "cottage in the Cove" and
"Hope on the Horizon" reminds us of the blessed hope of our
future in heaven.
This recording is also
accompanied by a matching, CD jewel-case size "Good News as Told by
John," from the popular God?s Word translation of the Bible. It
features an introduction from Shumate, entitled "Why do I need
Already hailed as
"one of the most memorable debut projects of 1999," "til
you believe?" is a recording you?ll
grow to appreciate more over time, as you plumb the depths of this lyrical
and musical accomplishment. C