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.

Tracklist
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

Credits
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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Sparrow Christmas – 1988

It’s Christmas time so here’s Sparrows 1988 Christmas album. Highlights on this album are, White Heart – Little Drummer Boy, Steve Taylor – Winter Wonderland, and Geoff Moore & The Distance – Jingle Bell Rock.

Track Listing:
1 – Bebe & Cece Winans – Silent Night, Holy Night – 5:43
2 – Margaret Becker, Steven Curtis Chapman, Geoff Moore, Bebe & Cece Winans, White Heart And Steve Camp – Home For The Holidays – 4:18
3 – White Heart – Little Drummer Boy – 4:12
5 – Michael Card – What Child Is This? – 2:47
6 – Deniece Williams – Do You Hear What I Hear? – 4:13
7 – Steve Taylor – Winter Wonderland – 1:56
8 – Margaret Becker – O Come, O Come Emmanuel – 4:52
9 – Steve Camp – O Holy Night – 4:09
10 – Tim Miner – The First Noel – 4:35
11 – Geoff Moore & The Distance – Jingle Bell Rock – 2:59
12 – Steven Curtis Chapman – Away In A Manger – 4:18
13 – Margaret Becker, Steven Curtis Chapman, Geoff Moore, BeBe Winans And White Heart – Angels We Have Heard On High – 3:31

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