Deniece Williams – So Glad I Know – 1986

This was Deniece’s first purely gospel release on a purely gospel label (Sparrow). She was still under contract with Columbia records at the time so those would have been some interesting negotiations. That said she was such a strong performer at the time she could probably get anything she wanted. While researching this album I found that the mainstream reviewers bashed it pretty hard. I can only guess this was a gospel album backlash as the alum was very good and did great. It got to No. 8 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart and was nominated for Best Gospel Performance, Female Grammy. The duet with Sandi Patty “They Say” actually won the Grammy Award for Best Gospel Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group, Choir or Chorus. The single “I Surrender All” won the Grammy Award for Best Soul Gospel Performance, Female. Ummm that’s a pretty darn successful album in my opinion. As for the album it has a Pop/Soul sound and if our familiar with Deniece Williams’s secular work you’ll recognize this albums sound.

1 – Just In Time – 3:49
2 – Wings Of An Eagle – 4:58
3 – My Soul Desire – 4:14
4 – They Say – 5:20
5 – Straight Ahead – 4:10
6 – So Glad I Know – 4:05
7 – I Surrender All – 4:13
8 – If We Are The Light – 3:44
9 – What You Do For Me – 3:57

Artwork, Design – Peter Nomura
Engineer – Frank Wolf
Engineer [Additional Engineering] – Alan R. Hirshberg, John Bolt, Lars Nefzger, Mitch Gibson, Steve Ford
Mastered By – Steve Hall
Photography By [And Make-up] – Marc Raboy
Producer – Brad Westering
Remix – Frank Wolf
Remix [Assistance] – Steve Ford
Vocals – Deniece Williams, Sandi Patty, Paul Jackson, Jr.

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – The Sparrow Corporation
Copyright (c) – The Sparrow Corporation
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Gateway Music House, Inc.
Copyright (c) – Gateway Music House, Inc.
Pressed By – Nimbus, Virginia

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Author: Ray Mansfield

One of the founding cowboys of Real 80s CCM. Been listening to this stuff since 1978.

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