REVIEW: Southern Raised – Another World

Producer: Wayne Haun
Record Label: StowTown Records

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This CD starts off with, “Up All Night.” It’s a good, upbeat bluegrass song. Next is the slow ballad, “Instead.” The lead vocalist does a good job on this song. I love the message. It is a very pretty song. “The Miracle In Me” picks the pace back up. “Letting Go” has a nice medium tempo. It’s a great song of surrender. The harmonies are very nice on this. You can really hear them on a few A Capella parts throughout the song. “That’s What Love Can Do” is another pretty ballad.
Things change up a little bit with a male lead on “Beautiful Moments In Time.” It’s one of those cross over songs. It could easily be a country song. They really change things up by doing a classical piece, “Beethoven’s 5th.” However, it fits the rest of the project because they play it in a bluegrass style. It’s very unique and interesting. They follow it up with “Another World.” I love the penny whistle in the music. It gives this a Celtic feel. “Wanna Be” is an uplifting song that takes the phrase “Wanna Be” and changes it from a negative meaning to a positive one.
Next is “When Jesus Came Down.” It has a 40s style, kinda like Frank Sinatra and the Andrew Sisters. The male vocalist sings the lead, and the girls back him up as a trio. It’s very jazzy, in a country kind of way. I like it. The male vocalist sounds a lot like Ben Isaacs. A slower ballad, “Like My Mother Does,” follows. It’s a sweet song about the girls comparing themselves to their mother. They end the project with the traditional “I’d Rather Have Jesus.”
This is a very talented group of kids. If you like bluegrass music, you’ll love them! They have a sound like Allison Kraus and Union Station. They have great family harmony. I really enjoyed this project. Good job guys!

Track Listing:

Up All Night
The Miracle In Me
Letting Go
That’s What Love Can Do
Beautiful Moments In Time
Beethoven’s 5th
Another World
Wanna Be
When Jesus Came Down
Like My Mother Does
I’d Rather Have Jesus

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Victoria Bowlin

Victoria is a powerful singer, songwriter, author, and Faith-Inspired speaker who gives encouragement and hope through music and personal testimonies. Originally from West Columbia, SC, Victoria's background includes extensive singing and traveling full time with her family, The Shireys and participating in tent revivals held by her late Grandmother, Evangelist Mamie L. Clark. Through deliverance from a serious depression and multiple healings, God is using her testimony to reach countless people.
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