REVIEW: Legacy Five – In the Hands of a Carpenter

l5-inthehandsofacarpenterProducer: Trey Ivey & Wayne Haun
Record Label: Daywind Records

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Legacy 5 remains one of our industries most endeared groups. Though they have had a few changes over the course of time, their sound has remained consistent and they always manage to find talent that fits in perfectly with the group. These guys are a collective effort and they work very hard at their craft in maintaining a strong and consistent sound. While Legacy 5 isn’t a group I follow on a consistent basis, I find aspects of their music that I thoroughly enjoy and believe this is one of their finest recordings. Trey Ivey and Wayne Haun worked together to bring us a top quality recording, and though this integration of the group has only been together for about a year, they sound like they’ve been together for years.

The Dixieland band feel of “DEEP IN MY HEART” gets the recording off to a great start before the tempo slows down for the unassuming title song, “IN THE HANDS OF A CARPENTER” which features Trey Ivey. Trey does a great job interpreting this lyric before we move on to the power ballad, “I TRUST THE CROSS”, penned by songwriting duo Wayne Haun and Joel Lindsey, and featuring Scott Fowler.

With its snappy piano intro, “WHAT ALL THE SHOUTIN’S ABOUT”, written by another great songwriter duo, Dianne Wilkinson and Rebecca Peck, is an enjoyable number that no doubt goes over very well in concert, as does the medium tempo, “STILL”.

The smooth feel of “WHO KNEW”, which has a Patsy Cline/Floyd Cramer feel to it, features an excellent performance by Matt Fouch before newest member, Josh Feemster, sings the bouncy, “SOUL PILOT”. Josh does a really great job on the song and it’s definitely a highlight of the recording, as is Scott Howard’s performance on “LOST IN GOD’S GRACE”.

Keeping things in “grace mode”, the ballad, “GRACE WILL FIND YOU” is next and is followed by the classic hymn, “WHEN I SURVEY THE WONDROUS CROSS”, which closes out the recording. This is a fantastic adaptation of Lari Goss’ stellar arrangement of this hymn (that was originally recorded by the Bill Gaither Trio) that has been used many times by other artists. It was refreshing to hear this done up a new and done so exceptionally well!

Legacy 5 has always been a classy male quartet. They go to great lengths to ensure they put out quality music and this latest release is no different. I really like the sound this aggregation of the group has and hope they can keep this line-up together for several years. They have acquired a real gem with Trey Ivey as well, as he has become a top notch producer and has consistently put out high quality work. This definitely ranks as one of the best releases for 2016 and sets the bar high for their next label release!

Track Listing:
(stars denote personal favorites)
1 – Deep in my Heart**
2 – In the Hands of a Carpenter**
3 – I Trust the Cross
4 – What All the Shoutin’s About**
5 – Still
6 – Who Knew**
7 – Soul Pilot**
8 – Lost in God’s Grace**
9 – Grace Will Find You
10 – When I Survey the Wondrous Cross**


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James Hales

James Hales, from Durham, North Carolina, has been a writer for since 2000. James is our featured reviewer and also contributes to monthly features periodically.
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