New Music Review: Fruit of the Spirit

Written by Terry DeBoer on . Posted in Local

Reynolds Ben and Barb  CD cove235jpgIt's possible that you may never have heard of Ben & Barb Reynolds, a couple from the Grand Rapids area.

It's more likely you have heard of their son Ken Reynolds, an associate pastor of worship at the huge Resurrection Life Church in Grandville. He's a songwriter, producer and recording artist as well as a worship leader. And he lovingly offered help to his parents in putting together this project.

"Fruit of the Spirit" is a mixture of traditional hymns and anthems. Many of the selections have a real gospel feel, backed by choir.

The hymns include "Amazing Grace," "Great is Thy Faithfulness" and "Blessed Assurance." The latter features a particularly lush arrangement with keyboards and strings which features Ben's expressive vocals.

One twist is an "old school" medley introduced by Ken himself. The music jumps with uptempo versions of classics including "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms" and "I'll Fly Away."

Ben and Barb team up for a Christmas medley of "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" and "O Come All Ye Faithful" flavored with a saxophone solo.

The anthem "Thank You" could have come right from a church service – Ben urging on the choir and testifying right along with the song.

"Lord I Praise You" is another song made especially personal with testimony.

The CD's title song is a slow-to-medium gospel tune which indeed mentions the entire list of fruits of the spirit from Galatians 5.

This warm and well-crafted project is an expressive collection of praise and worship.
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Terry DeBoer
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Writer: West Michigan Christian News August 2011 – Present (1 year 6 months) Monthly publication and web site with news, features, and information of interest to the West Michigan Christian community Feature writer: Muskegon Chronicle April 1996 – Present (16 years 10 months) Writer: Kalamazoo Gazette July 1991 – Present (21 years 7 months) beat includes convering contemporary Christian and Gospel music feature writer Grand Rapids Press May 1988 – Present (24 years 9 months)

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