Point Of Grace - Steady On...
by Paul M. Carhart
Originally published in The Lighthouse Electronic
have fifteen consecutive number one singles over the course of three
albums that span five years, not to mention countless awards. That's
an average of five hits an album or three hits every year. Indeed,
the unprecedented success of Point Of Grace has catapulted Heather
Floyd, Denise Jones, Shelley Breen and Terry Jones into Christian
music "darling" status. Steady On, continues to build upon
the foundation of hits that have preceded it, giving the fans what
they want...and then some.
their self-titled debut, Point Of Grace has never really taken any
real risks with their music, producing friendly, talent-heavy, Wilson-Phillips-esque
pop for the masses. To me, each subsequent album has merely seemed
like "Point Of Grace - Part Two" or "Point Of Grace - Part Three."
They were all good, but each new release just seemed like a continuation
of the previous album. Each one, high quality pop, but they never
seemed to take that step beyond what they were already doing.
Steady On that has changed.
get me wrong. If you are already familiar with and like Point Of
Grace, you will LOVE Steady On New producer (at least new
to Point Of Grace), Brown Bannister and the considerable vocal arrangement
talents of Chris Eaton bring a new edge and energy to the harmonies
and heart that are staples of the Point Of Grace sound. The group
doesn't sound different, just more dynamic, more lively and less
the new project is much more guitar-driven and, as a result, fosters
much more energy than their previous releases. Due to this new edge,
each of the girls get to show off their powerhouse vocal abilities.
Indeed, each one of these girls could easily pursue a solo career
and hold their own with ease. There is much more spirit to the songs
on Steady On and the vocal arrangements are more layered
than ever before. Sometimes the girls even have a rougher, almost
rootsy quality to their voices. It is obvious that their hearts
and souls are poured into the music on this project. Indeed, their
love for the Lord and their commitment to the ministry they are
involved in (Mercy Ministries of America) shows through in every
lyric, music note and beat of this project.
the inevitable hits from this project is no easy task (as stated
above, they average five an album). Each of the twelve tracks can
easily be imagined on the radio. Standout tracks include the lively
title track (and first single from the project), the nearly acappella
introduced "Drawing Me Closer," the radio-friendly "My God," the
upbeat and encouraging "Better Days" and the tender ballad, "Who
matter whether you've liked their style before or not, you have
to give them credit in one area ... no matter how popular or how
many hits Point Of Grace garners, they do not scrimp on the lyrics.
Their songs have always been about Jesus Christ and the songs on
Steady On are even harder hitting.
wise, surprises abound on this project. Just when it seems like
they are repeating a formula from a previous album, chords change
and the song goes into a totally different direction. This occurs
on several tracks is a welcome added bonus to what the fans would
have expected. Point Of Grace didn't have to put all of this attention
to detail into this project. They probably could have put out "Point
Of Grace - Part Four" and it would have done very well. But they
didn't. Instead, they have put out a compelling project that is
hard not to like. Even if you never really liked Point Of Grace
before, you still might like Steady On.