If you’ve seen Steven Curtis Chapman in concert over the past couple years, there’s a good chance you’ve seen Geoff Moore make an appearance on stage as well. Since Geoff departed his pop rock band Geoff Moore & the Distance in the late 90′s, he’s taken a few steps back out of the spotlight, simultaneously padding the time between releasing new music. His most recent recording, Saying Grace, releases four years after his previous project, Speak To Me (which released four years after the album that preceded it). Like that album, Saying Grace takes more of a folk rock approach to songwriting, fusing stories and song in a musically accessible yet intimate packaging.
Seeing Moore on tour with Chapman brought up the question in my mind as to what this once-active member of the CCM community was doing other than helping his friend and co-songwriter spread the word about the miracle of adoption.Saying Grace answers the question with a warm smile and a firm handshake; from the bold and memorable opening track, “I Believe,” Moore reintroduces himself with a declaration of affirmation, singing, “When the storm clouds roll over me / When I’m seized by uncertainty / When the odds are too great / When I bend from the weight / I believe, I believe, I believe.” Hearing these words spoken from a man who has weathered many storms and still stands strong, through a voice that shows as many miles and frailty yet confidence in his Savior, carries significant weight with them. It’s a welcoming start to the record, and it sets the table for the journey Moore has prepared for the listener. The title track is another highlight that encourages the listeners to remember to live a life of thankfulness and devotion, with “Loved” serving as an appropriate successor, focusing on how nothing in our lives affects how much God truly loves us.
“The Story of Love” is a soft folk ballad inspired by Moore’s own life and family, with a lovely chorus that sings, “I’ve been thinking about my story, the places I come from / Been thinking about the mercy that shaped what I’ve become / Been thinking about my children / I pray I’m passing on the story of love that runs through everything.” It’s a touching song, especially for anyone who has grown up with Moore’s music and has started a family of their own. “Overwhelming Love” picks up the pace a bit from here and switches gears to an unmistakably worshipful direction (it could be a great addition to Sunday morning worship services). “The Body Of Christ” is another folk ballad that marries the tenderness of “The Story of Love” with pensive lyrics about what the community of believers looks like. “Find Me in the Fields,” like the title track, is a sentimental retrospective, this time about how Moore found Christ at a young age. “The Long Way” is an upbeat folk rocker about the faith and journey of following Christ’s direction that also would fit nicely on any road trip soundtrack. “The Wonder of Kindness” and “Made To Love” slow things down once more to leave the album in an intimate fashion, with the latter using a delicate piano melody and brittle vocal to leave a lasting impression on the listener.
Saying Grace is a beautiful album that uses the storytelling traits of folk music to share the deepest parts of a man of faith’s heart. Geoff Moore’s music has matured well along with the singer/songwriter, and it’s the honesty and brokenness coupled with his unwavering declarations of faith that make this album a rewarding listen.- Review date: 8/28/11, written by John DiBiase of Jesusfreakhideout.com
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Friends there are only 2 days left to take advantage of my preorder specials for “Saying Grace.” You will receive an autographed CD plus an immediate download as well as two other great bundles that won’t be available after this coming Monday. You can find out all the details and preview the new record in its entirety at http://geoffmoore.com.
A gentle reminder that you only have 5 days left to take advantage of my preorder specials for “Saying Grace.” You will receive an autographed CD plus an immediate download as well as two other great bundles that won’t be available after this coming Monday. You can find out all the details and preview the new record in its entirety at http://geoffmoore.com.
And speaking of preorder specials, if you haven’t already seen what my friends Casting Crowns are offering when you preorder their upcoming release “Come To The Well” through iTunes, you owe it to yourself to check it out, http://itunes.apple.com/us/preorder/come-to-the-well/id450285781. This might be my all time favorite version of “Listen To Our Hearts”.
Friends I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all the support you have shown me over the years. I am truly blessed to be able to do what I do and it’s all because of the great love and support my fans have shown me. As you read this I’ll be somewhere over the Atlantic ocean heading to Peru to spend a week working with “the least of these” with my dear friends from Compassion International and a wonderful team of pastors from Canada.
While I’m away the last minute details will be completed for the release of my latest record “Saying Grace” on the 30th of August. And I could use your help. I need you to help me get the word out to your Facebook and Twitter friends. If you visit my website, http://geoffmoore.com you can preview the entire record. After you’ve listened to it, take a minute and click on the social media share icons in the upper left hand section of the homepage. I’d be so appreciative.
And here’s the good part. If you help me spread the word about my new record you will automatically be entered to win my new 4 Disc Digital Box Set. This new Digital Box Set includes my latest release “Saying Grace” plus my Grammy nominated record “Speak To Me”, featuring “When I Get Where I’m Going” and for the first time ever my two-volume greatest hits “All Along The Road Vol I & II”. So between now and midnight on Monday August 22nd everyone who shares on Facebook and Twitter from my homepage is eligible to win. You can increase your chances by spreading the word once daily between now and midnight on Monday.
We’ll announce the winner Tuesday morning August 23rd and one lucky winner will have their 4 Disc Digital Box Set ready to download anytime after the announcement on Tuesday.
Thanks in advance for all your support – I’m a blessed man who is reminded daily of the importance of “Saying Grace”.