And then I had a moment of doubt. What if I didn't like it? What would I say on the blog?
Thank goodness, that did not happen!
Robert Pierre's CD, I'm All In, arrived and I popped it into the player in the car. Eldest got to listen to it with me the second time through; I'd already picked up some of the lyrics. (There are some catchy tunes here. *smile*)
I have enjoyed this CD. The tunes for me fit into three categories. Some I'd like to sing as part of musical praise and worship in worship services. A couple would make great solos at church. And some need to be played on the radio.
After listening to it with my daughter, I think that the album will appeal to a wide age range. Pierre is a teenager; his music appeals to young people, yet reaches to us middle agers and old folks, too.
The album is mostly peppy and upbeat, and to be honest, peppy and upbeat is exactly what I need right now. There are a couple of slower, more what-I'll-call serious tunes on the CD, and it is a good balance for me. (I still remember my disappointment in a Christmas CD by a rockin' country artist that turned about to be all slow songs - I need upbeat, and Pierre delivers.) I'll reach for I'm All In not only when I'm feeling happy but also when I need a pick-me-up. My teenager read the info and lyrics with intensity. She wanted to know what songs this young man wrote. He wrote or co-wrote most of them. He wrote my favorite song on the CD, Maker of the Stars.
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From the press release:
For Robert, I’m All In is more than the name of his third studio album, due July 26 from thinkaboutit records. It has become Robert’s life motto as he responds to God’s calling to live fully committed to Him. In addition to writing and recording I’m All In and playing on a summer tour, Robert also leads regular Sunday morning worship at his 800-member Orlando, FL church. And he’s done it all as a high school senior. “All of the songs have something to do with things I was going through my senior year,” Robert said of I’m All In, “preparing to say goodbye to friends and not really knowing what would come next, but finding comfort and peace in the Lord’s plan for my life. The Bible talks about how the eyes of the Lord are searching to and fro throughout the earth, searching for someone whose heart is wholly His, someone He can strongly support. This CD is me saying, ‘I’m all in.’” Creating I’m All In was a powerfully personal experience for Robert, who teamed with veteran songwriter Jason Ingram (Tenth Avenue North, Sanctus Real, Bebo Norman) and legendary producer Matt Bronleewe (Jars of Clay, Michael W. Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman) on the album. The result is a collection of songs that enthusiastically and energetically worship God while wrestling with what it means to be a Christian in a world full of difficulty and joy, anxiety and excitement.Everyone who picks up the CD remarks about Pierre's resemblance to Elvis Presley. ;)
The album has a July 26th release date. You may 'like' the I'm All In facebook page here and purchase the album here.