HOPE FOR TOMORROW
by Gretchen Harris
Gretchen Harris' third album, HOPE FOR TOMORROW, is the winner of the United Catholic Music and Video Association's award for POP/CONTEMPORARY ALBUM OF THE YEAR!! This very special honor was awarded on October 26, 2002, at the Hartke Theatre in Washington D.C.
For this album, Gretchen has joined forces again with producer David Harris. They offer eleven beautiful selections, including one they co-wrote, to convey the message of peace in confusing, troubled times. The theme of the album became even more fitting as the events unfolded following the September 11th attack on the United States.
The album starts with "I Am," as Bob Cowsill, of The Cowsills fame, joins Gretchen on a duet verse. "Hungry " is a song of total offering of one's self in prayer, even when hungry and broken.
The classic "Take, Lord, Receive" is affectionately revived with harmony vocals artfully sung by vocal group Spirit Alive. "Child of God" shows how, in the hardest times, Jesus simply holds us through it all. Phil Keaggy was the writer and inspiration behind the recording of "Reaching Out," a simple song of wonderment at the phases in life, and how we need to reach out God's hand to those in need.
John Michael Talbot's well-loved "Only In God" is a statement that God alone is our stronghold and our safety. The song is presented against the backdrop of a drum groove; with scripture verses and electric guitar woven through the interlude, this is a very moving piece.
The meditational "You Bless Me, Lord" perfectly fits the lyrical theme to the album, with the simple statement that God blesses us and we are His, even through the gravest circumstances. The percussion of Steve Reid, founding member of The Rippingtons, is showcased here. Liam Lawton's "The Cloud's Veil" has a message that "Even when the rain hides the stars... You are by my side." Piano and harp are featured, with Gretchen on harmony vocals.
Amy Grant wrote the comforting "Carry You" that calls us to lay down our burdens and allow ourselves to be carried by Jesus through the hard times. "Life After Death" was written by Gretchen and producer David Harris, as a sweet story of her mother's recovery and healing following the death of Gretchen's father. And the album finishes with an affirmation of God's healing power from Chris Eaton's "Wonderful World."
From the Artist:
"I was moved to create a soothing album for those who are really hurting when I heard that my friend was diagnosed with a brain tumor. I felt called to put together a group of songs with lyrics that show God's love for His suffering ones. I wanted this album to focus on God's gift of Hope for tomorrow, both here and in eternity. I hope and pray that this CD full of comforting songs will comfort you and those you love." List of Songs:
1. I Am - 3:40
2. Hungry - 5:33
3. Take, Lord, Receive - 4:44
4. Child Of God - 4:44
5. Reaching Out - 4:39
6. Only In God - 4:18
7. You Bless Me, Lord - 5:39
8. The Cloud’s Veil - 5:39
9. Carry You - 6:00
10. Life After Death - 2:56
11. Wonderful World - 4:56
Release Date: December 23, 2001
Original Release Date: December 23, 2001
Number of Discs: 1
Label: CD Baby