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Soulful Hymns

by Jon Gibson

With 22 top 5 songs and 9 no. 1 hits, Gospel, Soul & R&B innovator Jon Gibson is no stranger to making great records and Soulful Hymns is no exception to the rule. A classic disc for the holidays, great for a Christmas party. Just check out Amazing Grace
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1. Awesome God/Let Him Reign
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2. I love You Lord
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4:22 album only
3. Give Thanks
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3:40 album only
4. Great Is Thy Faithfulness
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3:57 album only
5. On Calvary
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4:17 album only
6. Lord I Lift Your Name On High
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3:28 album only
7. Amazing Grace
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3:12 album only
8. Glory To his Name
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4:25 album only
9. What A Friend We Have In Jesus
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6:47 album only
10. Give Thanks(Baby Love Groove Mix)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
For the last two decades, Jon Gibson has been one of the best kept secrets in popular music - but don't tell that to his legion of fans. Tough to describe and tougher to classify, Gibson's a white guy who sounds like Stevie Wonder, a sweet balladeer who pioneered Christian rap, and a singer who reeks attitude in his mission of justice and ministry.

After returning from service in the Army at age 20, Gibson was signed to Dick Griffey's new Constellation label. For days Griffey had great fun tricking a number of his Solar artists with Jon's tape (they thought it was Wonder). Jon's debut came as a guest vocalist for 3 songs on Bill Wolfer's Wolf album. During the process of making that album, Jon met his musical idol, Stevie Wonder, and worked with a crew of great musicians, including Michael Jackson. Wolfer returned the favor the next year by producing Gibson's debut album, Standing on the One. It was a fine debut, showing that Gibson was more than a Wonder-clone, and that he had songwriting skills to go with his great voice.

But Gibson was torn between his desire for pop stardom and his need to give testimony to his Christian faith, and he signed with the Frontline Christian label for On the Run, a partial re-release of Standing with a few new cuts, including the CCM #1 "God Loves A Broken Heart." It became the first of a string of over 20 top ten CCM hits.

On his next album, Change of Heart, Gibson released the beautiful ballad "Friend in You" as well as the first CCM rap hit, "This Wall," featuring a then-unknown rapper named MC Hammer. By this time, Gibson was regularly topping the CCM charts, and his next two albums, the wonderful Body and Soul (with Stevie Wonder on harmonica) and the edgier Jesus Loves Ya, moved him to the head of Contemporary Christian artists. The title track of the latter LP stayed at #1 for eleven weeks and became the top selling CCM single of 1991. He then followed with Forever Friends, which yielded 5 top ten hits.

Frontline Records ran into serious financial trouble and Jon decided to create his own record label, resulting in a nearly 3 year hiatus before his next disc, Love Education, perhaps his best and most eclectic release.

Jon then got married, had children, and took time off from his music. Surprisingly, when he was ready to come back he found how short were the memories in the Christian music world. He searched for a record contract for 2 years, finally landing with Gospel label B-Rite in 1999 for his The Man Inside disc, a consciously urban-sounding disc made with master producer Tommy Sims. The album didn't fare well, and Gibson again decided to take his career into his own hands, creating his own Imagery Records and releasing his first praise album, Soulful Hymns, in 2002.

Throughout his career, Jon Gibson has straddled many musical styles and confounded those who tried to label him, creating consistent, original music. While this lack of categorization has limited the promotion of his career -- was pop or urban radio really ready to play a blue-eyed soul singer who sang about his faith? -- it has gained for him a small but fiercely loyal following and a catalog of really wonderful music. If you haven't heard his stuff, seek it out.

© Copyright 2003 by Chris Rizik and Soul Tracks ™


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A. B Sr.

Awesome Sound
MAN, Your music has blessed me and my Wife to an extent that words ca,nt express our gratitude in listening to your sounds...Keep up the good work....And continue to break the boundaries that seeks to tear God,s people apart......

Robin S.

What A Great Project
I have been blessed by this soulful project. It has a great flow and have become one of my favorite CDs. My only regret is that I'm just hearing Jon Gibson for the first time. Jon, may you be blessed to continue ministering in such a powerful way. The world needs to hear you.

Minister Gerry Grant

I love it.
Great CD JON. Welcome back to the music world. This CD has a great sound.

Blessings,
Minister Gerry Grant / Gerry Grant Ministries Org
www.gerrygrantministries.org

Crystal Glass

Awesome!
Really enjoyed your project! keep up the good work.

m. r. anderson

welcome back, jon !
jon gibson is one of the best vocalists in the industry. these are some fine arrangements of old and new hymns. great production and musicianship. hope this cd sparks some interest in some of his earlier work.

Fred Douglas

Excellent! I can't stop listening to this album!
This is an album of traditional hymns, performed in the uniquely exquisite style of Jon Gibson.
Listening to this album is addictive. I have a hard time turning the CD player off.

Jeanne Whitworth

Soulful Hymns.
I won this CD on KWVE about seven years ago. I gave it away to someone I thought would be blessed by it and have always wanted another copy. The song "On Calvary" is my favorite and---well, I just wanted to hear it again. So I bought two; one to give as a gift. I love listening to the praise from Jon. Jon doesn't get enough publicity IMO.

Baird Family - FPC

AWESOME!!!!!!
AWESOME is the word to describe it, above and beyond anything and everything out there in the secular and the christian world. AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME!!!

DT

Finally Found It!
I've been catching you on the radio for past 3 years, and could never find out who you were. You are so blessed, and I thank you for sharing your gift with others. Your sound is so good to my soul. Well, I finally caught your name today, and I'll be hitting up every cd you've put out, starting with the Soulful Hymns. The kids in my youth group are going to know your sound for sure now! Stay blessed, and thank you again for sharing the gift that God has given you.

DT

Al Negron

Still as good as always
This CD has all the power, passion, and personality that I've come to expect from Jon Gibson. The reworking of the standards works in a way that only the Holy Spirit through Jon Gibson could make it work. I love the CD, and I am going to play it to death. It is a shame that the world is not hearing it on the radio. Don't stay away so long next time, bro!
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