Twila Paris – The Warrior Is A Child – 1984

It is not very often that an artist has the privilege of writing and recording a song that would one day be considered a classic. Even less often does that same artist write and record two or three such songs. Almost never do those three songs all appear on one album. After a sweet but neglected debut release, Knowing You’re Around, Twila released the popular Keepin’ My Eyes On You in 1982. That album showed the promise that would be realized on The Warrior is a Child. The album would contain several Top 10 singles and a few Number One singles. The most notable is the title track which went on to win several awards, own the radio charts and be the definitive song for an artist that has recorded over 20 albums and charted over 30 number one singles! Many songs have been added to recent editions of Church Hymnals while others have become modern worship classic. “Do I Trust You,” written after the death of Keith Green remained a radio favorite for years and one of the top selling accompany tapes ever sold. The beautiful and memorable melody has been added to hymnals and worship playlists. The song of God’s sovereignty has hit home with millions as a reminder of God’s role in our lives, even and especially during the difficult times. “We Bow Down” has also found it’s way into many modern hymnals and remains one of the most popular praise and worship songs of all time. It’s important to note that she was writing “pop” music for the masses that became worship classics well before the modern worship phenomenon. Very few MOR/Inspo albums have made there way on to this list, but one must recognize that when someone excels even in an area or style that is not a personal favorite, there is deserved recognition. Such is the case here as The Warrior is a Child remains a classic for the genre and genuinely great album with lasting impact and implications.

Contributor David Lowman –

1 – The Warrior Is A Child – 4:05
2 – Forever Eyes – 3:32
3 – Clearer Vision – 4:13
4 – Do I Trust You – 4:11
5 – Covenant Keeper – 2:43
6 – The Battle Is The Lord’s – 2:55
7 – We Bow Down – 2:41
8 – Leaning On The Everlasting Arms – 4:18
9 – To Do Your Will – 2:40
10 – Come On In – 3:58
11 – Praise Him – 3:36

Arranged By – Jonathan David Brown, George (Smitty) Price
Art Direction, Design – Joan Tankersley
Backing Vocals – Dan Collins, Jamie Owens Collins, Jonathan David Brown, Kelly Willard, Starla Paris, Twila Paris
Bass Guitar – Jim Johnson, John Patitucci
Drums – Cactus Moser
Drums, Percussion – Keith Edwards
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar – Hadley Hockensmith
Engineer – Jonathan David Brown
Engineer [Assisted By] – Steven Ford, Todd VanEtten
Executive-Producer – Phil Brower
Layout – Lori Cooper
Mastered By – Steve Hall
Percussion – Victor Feldman
Photography By – Craig Stewart
Piano [Acoustic], Electric Piano [Rhodes] – George (Smitty) Price
Piano [Acoustic], Organ [B-3] – Harlan Rogers
Producer – Jonathan David Brown
Synthesizer – John Schreiner
Written-By – Twila Paris (tracks: A1 to B2, B4 to B6)

Companies, etc.
Record Company – The Zondervan Corporation
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Singspiration
Copyright (c) – Singspiration
Published By – Singspiration Music
Recorded At – Mama Jo’s
Mixed At – Mama Jo’s
Mastered At – Future Disc
Designed At – The Cover Story

Twila Paris – Kingdom Seekers – 1985

This was Twila’s fourth album and her first with Star Song. Twila had made a name for herself as far as female vocalists were concerned. Her previous albums had 7 charting singles but this album dominated the charts after it’s release. It had 5 singles with songs peaking at #1, #2, #10, #20, and #32. The lead single, Runner, made it to #1 and was at that position for 9 weeks. It also sat on the charts for 26 weeks, yes 6 months. This has to be one of the most successful CCM albums of all time. I don’t have any stats in front of me but wow, this was an impressive album. The albums had a few different covers, the first and most common was a picture of a golden path to a castle. Subsequent ones featured Twila’a picture. The first was ugly in my opinion and here’s a hint to any aspiring record companies. Put the pretty girl on the cover!!! This is a tried and true method to improve sales. One small piece of trivia on the album is that Twila’s little sister, Starla Paris, sang backup on Runner.

1 – Runner – 4:02
2 – Center Of Your Will – 4:33
3 – Tellin’ The Truth – 4:12
4 – Language Of Disciples – 3:40
5 – Lamb Of God – 4:04
6 – The Child Inside You – 4:04
7 – Breaking My Heart – 3:19
8 – It All Goes Back – 3:51
9 – Release Of The Spirit – 2:10
10 – He Is Exalted – 3:37
11 – Faithful Men – 3:24

Arranged By – Carl Marsh
Backing Vocals – Starla Paris
Bass Guitar – Leon Gaer
Drums – Keith Edwards
Electric Guitar – Marty Walsh
Keyboards – Carl Marsh
Mastered By – Bernie Grundman
Percussion – Alex MacDougall
Producer – Jonathan David Brown
Songwriter, Backing Vocals – Twila Paris
Synthesizer – Rhett Lawrence

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Star Song Records
Copyright (c) – Star Song Records
Copyright (c) – StraightWay Music
Pressed By – Electrosound Los Angeles – 27059