Lead singer Jim Visser and his Faithful Journey Quartet take the next step in their musical pilgrimage with the new collection, “Southern Gospel Sounds.”
As the title suggests, there’s a true Southern style bent in many of the tunes. In the fast-tempo “I Wanna Know,” the singers trade lead lines all the way through while nicely capturing the classic Southern quartet harmony sound on the chorus.
Similarly toe-tapping is the fun “God Sits on High” which features bass singer Dennis Deters. The lyric reminds listeners that our God on high still “looks down low.” The arrangement also includes some nice instrumental touches.
The most contemporary sounding song on the CD is “Days of Elijah.” It was written by worship leader Robin Mark and is used in many contemporary worship settings.
The traditional “Life’s Railway to Heaven” gets an a cappella treatment by the quartet. And the singers also cover “Then Came The Morning,” a big ballad that speaks to the transforming power of the resurrection that turns night into day.
Other highlights include “The Old Rugged Cross (Made the Difference)” and “Saved By Grace.”
The group showcased its songs at a November concert at South Olive Christian Reformed Church near Holland. The singers have another performance at 7 p.m. Fri. Dec. 20 at Calvary Church, 707 E. Beltline NE in Grand Rapids.
The new CD is available at any of the groups concerts.
Artist: Faithful Journey Quartet
Title: “Southern Gospel Sounds”