"This is a strong, vibrant debut from a talent worth watching.
The disc’s sound is spare but rich, a careful balance of the typical hallmarks of acoustic folk with an occasional unexpected twist...Ogden's voice is crystalline and clear, but unlike many singers in the same vein, she has the pipes to support it; it never seems thin or tentative.
The prime draw on Water Through Stone, however, are the magnificent, magnificent songs. "Stay" is a powerful ballad about lost love and wanting things never to end. "We Come Here" is a chilling and effective indictment of the intersection of religion and hypocrisy. Every song here is effective, confessional, powerful, and worth repeated listens.
In a genre crammed with mediocrity, the songsmithing of Shantell Ogden stands out like a spotlight on a dark night."
-Duke Egbert, Staff Writer
The Daily Vault
The album features the work of some of Nashville’s finest session musicians (Danny Parks, Tommy Wells and John Vogt). It was produced by Jay Vern and recorded, mixed and mastered in his studio, Jay’s Place, on Music Row in Nashville.