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REVIEW: Ray Stevens – Just a Closer Walk With Thee

rstevens-justacloserProducer: Ray Stevens
Record Label: Gaither Music Group
Website: www.raystevens.com

Ray Stevens is a name most of us are familiar with. Gaining popularity in the country, pop and inspirational genres, Stevens had many popular songs we would recognize such as the fun song “Mississippi Squirrel Revival” and one I personally love is “Everything Is Beautiful.”

Ray has always had a love and admiration for gospel music. This recording is a collection of gospel songs that will be familiar with all people. “This Old House” is one that the Southern Gospel community will remember from the Cathedral Quartet, followed by another classic, “On The Jericho Road.”

“Just A Closer Walk With Thee,” “When The Saints Go Marching In,” and “Just A Little Talk With Jesus” are a few more you may recognize and love. All songs on this CD are done in true Ray Stevens style that will surely appeal to the avid fan.

For me this project is a bit dated in production however, it brings back many fond memories for me as I listen to these classics. If you love Ray Stevens or classic songs you will want to pick this up and give it a listen.

Track Listing:

1. Everybody Needs a Hiding Place/I Found a Hiding Place
2. Rusty Old Halo
3. This Old House
4. On the Jericho Road/Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho05. Somethin’s Comin’
6. Just a Closer Walk with Thee
7. Once and for All
8. Do You Hear Somebody Knockin’
9. A Mama and a Papa
10. When the Saints Go Marchin’ In
11. Drop Kick Me Jesus
12. Just a Touch of Jesus

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Anthony Facello
Contributing Writer
Anthony is no stranger to Christian music. The Dove-nominated male vocalist has been traveling for 21 years in ministry. He has sung and toured with many of Gospel music's most recognizes names. Anthony formed the group Beyond the Ashes in 20016, sang tenor and managed the group until 2014. In addition to being an incredible vocalist, Anthony also enjoys writing songs. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland and now makes his home in Nashville, Tennessee.

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