STATEMENT: To encourage others in their struggles with life and walking with
the Lord, by sharing her thoughts and spiritual insights in her songs.
messages of hope and encouragement were inspired by her own real life heartaches
and happiness she experienced as a person experiencing her early twenties.
Expressed in her Music:
The Lord grows us through
the hard times in our lives and the hard times of others in our lives. Trials
such as loss, desperation, divorce and wanting to be loved again are powerful
motivations for personal evolvement and growth.
The Lord never leaves us, and we can depend on Him to see us through anything.
loves you as you are. One important goal is to find
own identity. Be secure in who you are, not what other's say. The Lord has made us to serve Him in unique ways.
KENDALL PAYNE and Her Adventures & Trials in Serving the Lord
Payne and her sister Jordan lived with their parents in Malibu, California, "modestly,"
Kendall explains, and were not spoiled by the wealth or secular culture found
in their community. They grew up in a Christian atmosphere, with Christian values
and goals; developing a love for the Lord Jesus and a desire to serve Him, as
a result of the seeds of faith planted and nurtured by people in their lives.
considerable musical / lyrical gifts of Kendall Payne appeared early in her life,
as the unlisted cut of one of her first songs as a child testifies to this reviewer,
which is hidden on her newest release, GROWN. This little song, which was added
on after the last song of the CD, shows the insight of a young Kendall Payne,
only 9 years old, who can be heard on tape not only singing her song to a relative
who had just given birth, but also enthusiastically explaining the precocious
lyrics she had written in this musical effort. Kendall Payne was a deep thinker,
a communicator at a very young age, a talent which continued to grow and evolve
as did her faith in Jesus Christ.
By her teen
years, Kendall was composing music described as being a "bright, hopeful,
alternative brand of pop," paired with insightful lyrics which "blended
common emotion, temporal experience, and ultimate truth, all held together by
her deeply held Christian faith running throughout." Her performance and
delivery of her songs showed a maturity of both musical and lyrical thought.
press release correctly describes Kendall Payne at this point in her life; "She
sings and plays with a passion that belies her age and she writes with the insight
of a young woman who has lived beyond her years."
many 16 year old songwriters / performers find themselves pursued by multiple
record companies, both Christian and secular, who recognized a powerful musical
vehicle in the form of a young woman and her musical gifts when they heard it. By the time she was 17 years old, she was sitting
down with representatives of a secular market label, Capitol Records, to sign
a recording deal. One wonders why she signed with a secular record company.
a Bio published in Christianmusictoday.com, courtesy of Sparrow Records, Kendall
answers this question. She signed with them not because of greater financial gain
or notoriety, but because she felt the Lord was calling her to bring this musical
/ lyrical Christian message of her own profession of faith to a wider audience,
bringing the light of Christ into some lives who really need it; young people!
Kendall Payne shared, "I felt like God
gave me a choice: Do you want to take your bucket of water and pour it back into
the ocean, or do you want to take it to the people out in the desert? My response
was: I want to take my bucket of water to the people who are dying of thirst -
I want to give them hope. I want to take my water to the desert."
19 years old, Kendall Payne had her first album, JORDAN'S SISTER released by Capitol
Records in 1999, which was a huge hit, selling to date nearly 100,000 albums.
This album was a great crossover collection of songs which found fans in both
secular music and Christian music world. The universal themes pertaining to the
teenage years appealed to a wide audience indeed, and the hopeful lyrical messages
of faith found their mark, the very audience that Kendall was striving to help;
Many doors of opportunity opened
for Kendall to perform, which is what she loves to do the best then and now. She
began touring with such well-known artists such as Third Day, where she was their
opening act in two United States tours. Kendall also went on a UK tour with Delerious,
toured with Dido, Ron Sexsmith and Lilith Fair. She also toured with four other
Capitol Records artists, 4 other female songwriters, under the EMI "Girl's
Yes indeed, she was certainly
busy, taking full advantage of the opportunities which opened up for her in this
music ministry; to reach out to others with hope of the Lord; sharing the Truth;
"God is the only thing I've found worth investing my heart into."
asked what Kendall hoped to accomplish with this CD, Kendall said, "To provide
kids with a hope; A little breath of fresh air and hopefully the feeling that
someone has walked the path they are treading and made it to the top, in one piece."
Songs from this
album were used in films such as NEVER BEEN KISSED and BEAUTIFUL. The song, which
was released as a single, entitled SUPERMODELS was chosen as the theme song for
WB's hit TV show, "Popular." Other songs were used on "Dawson's
Creek" and "Felicity."
of this success affected her genuine heart attitude to use her musical gifts to
serve the Lord. Kendall shares in an interview, "I
am excited to get a chance to live out this amazing dream that God has blessed
In 2001, Kendall became a bonafide
success story at the age of 21 when she won a Dove Award for Best Alternative
However, in 2002, Kendall Payne
experienced a painful rejection by no fault of her own; an experience which other
artists have been through as well, including Kelly Minter, Chevelle and The Williams
Sisters; Unexpected troubles with their record label. For in 2002, there was financial
challenges in the music CD business and an "unexpected regime change"
at Capitol Records came to pass. The new unenlightened leadership who took up
the reins of Capitol Records cut her loose from their artist roster, deciding
that her lyrics and music wouldn't fit in with the musical direction Capitol wanted
to follow. She also wound up "parting ways with her management company and
its Christian label counterpart."
22, Kendall Payne found herself hurting and now an independent Christian music
artist, having to start over again; A lonely place to be, after experiencing so
much success so quickly. This was quite a lot of change to absorb and work through
for someone so young.
Kendall shares, "I
found myself standing in my living room, ironing something while in my pajamas,
wishing the phone would ring. It was quite humbling, I must say. I had made and
found my identity in being an artist. If I wasn't that anymore...... I didn't
know who I was."
The Lord had not left
Kendall, and through this difficult time, He grew and fine-tuned her through this
big bump in the road, in several areas of her life, which blessed her in unexpected
ways, as she began this new journey of discovery, evolving and changing personally,
spiritually and musically.
In the Bio provided
in her promotional materials, Kendall Payne reflects, "Every great songwriter
needs fuel for their fire, and there is no greater fuel than the ache of rejection.
It was a very dark place for me, but in retrospect I would not trade it for all
the success in the world."
not one to sit around and mope, feeling sorry for herself. Despite how she was
feeling, Kendall Payne went back to junior college for a short time to explore
the field of psychology, found gainful employment at various jobs in her town
where she was living, started dating a special young
man, who turned out to be the love of her life, and became actively involved in
a local church, serving and becoming attached to this special church family. (What
a blessing to their music program!)
Payne shares in a Christianitytoday.com interview, her thoughts about being a
member of a church family. "A church community
gives people friends and an infrastructure of other humans who are all there for
the same reason. For me, some of my greatest strengths have come out of existing
around church, seeking God and worshipping him, and living out his laws in a community."
a more normal life for someone her age, having time to read, participate in a
spiritual and personal life and to deal with her disappointment and hurt in constructive
ways turned out to be a huge blessing for Kendall; becoming a new person, evolving,
strengthening her faith in the Lord, her sense of self, her purpose and her music.
Kendall shares, "I felt like I was rediscovering my passion for life."
of her passions became very apparent to her, which need to be expressed, despite
what unenlightened record labels dictate. Kendall's God given gifts of musical
talent and her ability to write real lyrics, still stirred within her, pushing
her to continue to fully express her most important thoughts and revelations about
the Lord, his character, the ups and downs of life as a human being and how the
two connect in the existing world.
herself being drawn to write down her thoughts. In 2002, Kendall Payne's first
book, MIRROR, MIRROR was published. Her second book, SOUL SISTERS was published
via Regal Books in July of 2005.
The Lord continued
to give her songs, a vehicle to express her feelings and thoughts, as she went
down this road. For it was at night, that she was drawn to her music, via her
guitar. Kendall shares, "It called to me; the music was practically writing
itself. It only needed me to transcribe it onto paper."
she struggled with this loss and confusion as to who she was, her songs reflected
the pain and angst. Kendall shares, "There was a time when I wanted to call
my next album, 'Sad & Slow' because it felt like all I was writing was sad
and slow songs. I even wrote a song called 'Happy' which is about being sad.'"
she began to enjoy life once again, as she rediscovered who she was and what she
strongly cared about. She began to compose / write brighter songs classified as
"mid-tempo and easy listening."
a new door opened also in her musical career as an indie artist. The Lord always
finds a way in his own time frame to allow His plan to evolve in a person's life,
who is willing to follow Him. Her friend, Zachary
Levi, who is an actor on ABC's LESS THAN PERFECT, so admired her talent and passion
for music, that he offered to finance her new album of songs, which she had been
writing during this time of personal evolvement and growth, away from the mainstream
spotlight of the established music business.
of the blessings of being an independent Christian music artist is having creative
freedom and artistic license. As the songs are acoustic guitar based, Kendall
and Zachary found the perfect music producer, Tim Schoenhals who brought much
experience and insight to this new CD, GROWN, where Kendall shares with us all
her newest insights about her faith, her life and experiences which many people,
both young and not so young can relate to and find the encouraging hope Kendall
offers the listener through this collection of songs.
days after finding their producer, Tim Schoenhals, Kendall found herself in the
Treatment Room Recording Studio, starting the five month process of putting this
album together, working with Schoenhals and the musicians hand-picked for each
song. Some of Kendall's friends, Jason Wade (Lifehouse), Rickey and Randy Jackson
(The Daylights) and Jamie Wollam ( Avion) all contributed, making musical appearances
Jason Wade also helped to co-write
the song BACKWARDS. Kendall shares, "I already had the verses to the song,
"Backwards," but I was really stuck on where to go from there. So I
took it to my friend, Jason Wade and in 5 minutes he wrote a Chorus and Bridge!"
turned out to be a very joyous year for Kendall Payne. She married the special
young man she fell in love with. On September 27,
2005 - Kendall's new album, GROWN was released, four years after her debut album,
revealing a musical artist strong in her faith, transformed and evolved to a place
of renewed strength, motive and purpose, and sharing her growth of a person and
songwriter through her music with her fans and a wider listening audience made
up of people who appreciate real lyrics which make one think, paired with musical
compositions which are diverse and interesting.
Of Kendall Payne's CD, GROWN
describes her music, "I don't like classifying my music as pop or alternative
or whatever it might be called. To me, it's like a stew of different thoughts,
emotions, and feelings."
This newest musical
stew of Kendall Payne's different thoughts, emotions, insights and feelings is
a delightful collection of well-played acoustic-based songs which this reviewer
classifies as being sort of a lyrical diary of her hard process of redefining
herself, and refocusing her sense of purpose for her gifts, as she goes down a
new unfamiliar road. For the CD's title, GROWN is
the perfect description of the end result of Kendall
Payne's transition and evolvement during this dark time in her life as the Lord
patiently molded and grew her, leading her through the dark hallway into a much
better life for her to create her music, with her faith and love for the Lord
intact. Kendall Payne is faithful in sharing what she learned over the last four
years with the listening audience, offering this collection of songs which are
a blessing and an encouragement to the listener.
begins on a solemn note with a song, SCRATCH about beginning again with the Lord
and people who listen to her music - Her fans and others who have yet to hear
her songs. Songs reflects on being a grown-up girl, facing hard times, worries,
confusion, wondering how she will start over again with the Lord and her fans.
The second song, ROLLERCOASTER in contrast
is a lively keep you chin up acoustic guitar propelled melody, with a memorable
chorus putting a positive spin in a musical and lyrical way on life in general
- accepting both the hills and valleys we experience.
continues along this train of thought in SUPERSTAR, exploring why change is good
for our soul, especially when it comes to our natural tendency of being all about
self, and the temptation of reaching for empty goals. But we can't change without
help from the Holy Spirit, via other people, and life's experiences.
visits painful situations which are part of our human condition, such as mental
illness in JOHNNY SHOT TO THE MOON caused by emotional stress, and the heartbreak
of a marital split, HAPPY, due to selfish attitudes evolving around personal happiness.
She follows up with her conclusion about pain caused by personal relationships
in the song, UPS and DOWNS.
She explores another
hard thing to do; being selfless, putting self second to others in the song, MOON. When a person finds themselves in a difficult valley,
her solution can be found in BACKWARDS, another song of encouragement.
song ASLAN explore the characteristics of Jesus via a song about the ASLAN lion
from the book, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Album ends with a song, PRAY, which asks for things which will keep one humble,
loving toward others and will develop personal character and holiness pleasing
to the Lord.
While the lyrical messages, the
melodies which they are paired with and the vocals which express them are the
true stars of the songs, the acoustical arrangements are brilliantly put together
as well, offering acoustic and light rock selections, always interesting, never
mundane! Kendall Payne and friends have created
songs with solid musical arrangements to support the main melodies, perfect for
each song's lyrical message.
an album. Let's review why! Inspired musical compositions which are well played,
a pleurae of insightful meaningful 'real' lyrics, and Kendall Payne's wonderful
vocals make GROWN a must for anyone's music collection. For
all ages of listeners are blessed by what Kendall Payne has learned through her
times of trial about herself and about the Lord.
TRUTHS / THEMES - Found in her songs on GROWN
Lord grows us through the hard times in our lives and the hard times of others
in our lives: SCRATCH * ROLLERCOASTER * MOON * JOHNNY * PRAY
such as loss, desperation, divorce and wanting to be loved again are powerful
motivations for personal evolvement and growth, as our needs draw us to God: HAPPY
* BACKWARDS * STAND HERE
The Lord never leaves
us, and we can depend on Him to see us through, by His way and time, not necessarily
our way or time table, because of who He is: UPS
& DOWNS * STAND HERE * BACKWARDS * ASLAN
loves you as you are, and puts people in your life to give you support. LITTLE
One important goal is to find own identity.
Be secure in who you are, not what other's say. The Lord has made us to serve
Him in unique ways. SUPERSTAR * LITTLE THINGS * TWENTY THREE
Songs - Individual Commentary and Lyrics
* * + + SCRATCH - Words and Music by Kendall Payne
song, SCRATCH was selected for an episode of the TV show drama, GREY'S ANATOMY.
favorite of this reviewer. Begins with a lovely intro
featuring a string ensemble, then segues into a acoustic guitar based ballad /
prayer hymn with a background cello or two. Great use of dynamics in both the
expressive vocals and moving musical composition. Melody is haunting, perfect
for the opening lyrical message, which expresses Kendall's insights on the challenges
of starting over on a new, unfamiliar road, not traveled on before, with just
the Lord to lean on, trusting in Him to be able to step out in faith, not knowing
how her music will be received.
References: (Psalm 119:105, Jer. 29:11-13, Phil. 2:13)
a big girl world now. Full of big girl things. And every day I wish I was small
/ I've been counting on nothing / But He keeps giving
me His Word / And I am tired of hearing myself speak.
you get weary? Do you ever get weak? How do you dream when you can't fall asleep?
been wondering what you're thinking And if you liked my dress tonight. Would you
still say you loved me Under this ordinary moonlight / I'm
so afraid of what you'll say.
like to know if you'd be open / to starting over from scratch / I'd
like to know if you'd be open / To giving me a second chance
I used to think I was special / And only I have proved me wrong / I thought I
could change the world with a song / But I have
ended up in India / With no map to guide me home / The strangest place I think
/ I've ever been
Bridge:And all this time
/ I thought that we were friends / But my stubborn will is learning to bend
* * + + ROLLERCOASTER - Words and Music by Kendall Payne
Second favorite song of this reviewer. Thanks to the enthusiastic guitar ensemble
which crisply establish both the rhythm & melody support and dynamic soft
to energetic vocals, this song presses home the hopeful lyrical message, which
truly does remind one of being on a ROLLERCOASTER. Lyrically, she compares experiencing
the ups and the downs of life as just like being on a rollercoaster, adding her
thoughts and insights, which the listener can relate to very well. Most enjoyable
dynamic buildup, which is at full throttle during the chorus.
References: (2nd Cor. 4:16-18, Psalm 27:14, Ephes. 4:2-3)
gets a little better life stays a little gray. Live it up, live it long you can
always count on. Those unexpected moments when the pleasure just Sweeps you away
We were made for something better / Something
better than this inconsistency / So while you wait to respond to what's really
going on / Under shame, under doubt /what the whole thing's all about / Sing to
Chorus: It's like a rollercoaster 100 miles
fast / Spins you round in circles till you want to collapse / Makes you so excited
you can't wait for your second chance
gets a little moldy / Especially when its you I'm trying to love / And the road
gets so long seems so hard to sing along / But I can't ever imagine any other
/ I would rather be dreaming of
We are riding
on the shoulders / Of the ones who've come before and the ones who've passed away
Some are good / some are bad / some are all we've ever had / To compare to prepare
us for everything we're facing today.
Some are good / Some are bad / Some are all we've ever had / Some are tired some
are bored / Some still stuck on keeping score / Some are kind / Some are mean
/ Some are never to be seen Some are tired / some are weak / some are lying through
their teeth / Some can love / some can hate / I can relate.
* * + SUPERSTAR - Words and Music by Kendall Payne
composed acoustic light rock anthem / written in a minor key, which has a catchy
rhythm and melody, in an easy 4 rock beat using a snare drum. Dotted note rhythmic
melody gives the song a swing feel, which is carried very nicely in the vocals,
done so well by Kendall. Usual great dynamics and heartfelt delivery of lyrical
Scriptural References: ( Romans 12:2,
1 John 2:15-16, Matt. 6:33, Luke 12:34, Gal. 5:19-26)
at all those lives / living for themselves / Look at all you've got / that you
could give to someone else yeah / Look at all you've done / With all the days
you've had so far / What you will become / Is up to you to search your heart
But nothing ever changes / You see so many faces / No, nothing ever changes /
until someone changes you
Chorus 1: Who do
you think you are? Who do you think you are? Some kind of superstar?
at all your time wasted on what fades away / Would you take it back /if you could
have your yesterdays
Bridge: But nothing ever
changes / You see so many faces / No, nothing ever changes / until someone changes
Chorus 2: Who do you think you are? Who
do you think you are? Some kind of superstar? (When you see the world in need
/ who do you want to be? / You can be who you want to be) Who do you think you
are? Who do you think you are? Some kind of superstar?
When all this is over maybe we'll see / Who we were made for and destined to be,
but tell me...
Tag: Who do you think you are?
Who do you think you are? Some kind of superstar? Who
do you think you are? Some kind of superstar? Who do you think you, Who do you
think you are?
* * * + + UPS & DOWNS - Words
and Music by Kendall Payne
A lovely, hopeful,
upbeat acoustic anthem with nice inner voices contributions from flute, keys,
concertina, and perhaps a mandolin, all which support the main melody or provide
really pretty counter melody! Love the vocals and lyrical message encouraging
us to coming to peace with the darkness in us, so that our true light inside can
Scriptural References: (Phil.4:6-8,
Romans 15:13, John 8:12, Joshua 1:9, Matt. 11:28-30)
that I've found through the ups and the downs / Is that I'd have it no other way
/ Life in the raw is both fragile and strong / Its both lovely and ugly the same
/ Who can attest that when they're at their best / Oh their worst is still crouching
close behind / Its coming to peace with the darkness in me / That allows the true
light inside to shine
Chorus: So let it go
for we are still far from home / Though your try and you try to escape /To live
and to love will always be dangerous / But it's better than playing it safe
are composed of a symphony of notes / Every life is as music to His ears / I'll
play my melody be it haunting be it sweet / Unashamed of what anyone might hear.
when the load breaks your back and your will / You must still keep your heart
in the game / To live and to love will always be dangerous / But it's better than
playing it safe.
So let it go when it don't
feel like home / When inside is your only escape / To live and to love will always
be dangerous / But would you want it any other way?
* * + + THE MOON - Words and Music by Kendall Payne
strong favorite of the reviewer. A beautiful, 3/4 meter, piano ballad with acoustic
guitar as a support voice. A metaphorical song using the moon to stand for a person
who despite personal pain or hardship puts others first. A tender, poignant song
which flows along right over the listener.
References: (1st Cor. 10:24, 2nd Cor.4:8-10, Ruth 1:15-16, Ephes. 5:1)
moon's worn thin / Succumbed to the pressure / Her silver dress / Hangs in the
sky like a rag
Her coat her cloak / Her cover
of darkness / It fails to hide / The tears that she's cried / Oh she cries
But she still shines / Though the night falls around her /And by her light I find
my way / When I fear the path laid before me / I look to the light of her face
/ And thank her for being so brave.
remains / In fullness or frailty / A faithful climb / And I stand amazed at the
* * + + STAND HERE - Words and Music by Kendall Payne
inspiring acoustic pop ballad / prayer hymn, making great use of both acoustical
and electric guitars. Begins with a solemn electrical guitar playing an acoustic
part in intro segues into an upbeat electrical guitar ensemble. Quiets down during
verses, for the quiet poignant vocals, melody being carried by acoustic guitars,
but builds once again to and through the chorus.
References: (Psalm 37:7 & 46:10, 1 Chron.16:11, Romans 8:31)
am still waiting. For how long I don’t know. It’s a long way back from where I’ve
been / But there’s no where else to go
So I’ll stand With my face to the wind / And my back to the world / I’ll follow
You / And I’ll go where You tell me to go./ No I
won’t be afraid ;/ No I won’t be afraid.
feel your wind is moving. I’m not sure where its going / But
I’ll let it carry me away / Cause I’m not staying in this place.
Bridge: And I won’t turn around! And I won’t turn around! And I won’t turn around!
How could I? And I won’t turn around!
still waiting. For how long I don’t know. It’s a long way back from where I’ve
come / But there’s no where else to go
So I’ll stand With my face to the wind And my back to the world I’ll follow you
* * * + LITTLE THINGS - Words and Music by
Light acoustic pop ballad with
a catchy, quick two beat, dotted note rhythm melody which provides the perfect
musical support for this lyrical message about becoming the person the Lord has
made us to be.
Scriptural References: (Ephes.
2:10, Matt. 11:28-30, Phil 3:12-14)
don’t care what anybody thinks. I will stare when everybody blinks. I don’t mind
the difference that they see
Cause He loves
Every little thing / Every little thing / Every little
thing / Every little thing / Every little thing, About me…
believe that everybody bleeds / Sticks and stones aren’t what has cut so deep
/ I won’t buy the hate they sell for free /
You can’t carry the weight of the world / I won’t carry the weight of the world
I can tell the hell that you’ve been through. / It won’t make a difference what
we do / They’ll still tell you all the lies are true
But I love Every little thing / Every little thing / Every little thing Every
little thing / About you / / Every little thing About you… Every little thing
Every little thing Every little thing Every little thing Every little thing About
* * * + + HAPPY - Words and Music by
Third favorite song of this reviewer.
Easy two beat (carried by light snare drum) country acoustic ballad, which has
a light, breezy melody supported by keyboard chords and acoustic guitars, with
very light, delicate electric guitar counter melody in parts, starting in 2nd
verse. Great contrast in vocal style used in verses and chorus. Kendall begins
the verses in a softer, quieter style, which builds in emotion by the section
of each verse which begins with // Take, building into the chorus. Very nice harmonies
Scriptural References: (1 Cor. 13,
Ephesians 4: 2b -3, 32 & 5:22-30)
I can’t sleep its Sunday morning / I get no peace when your away /I thought the
stars were finally for us / I read ‘em wrong they’re brewing hurricanes / / Take these arms we call our
home / And feel just what is true / The sky ain’t moving me away / it’s the sky
that’s moving you.
I can’t breath it’s all
too sudden / You made your move and by surprise / I’ve been caught again in danger
/ Divorce myself to be your bride / / Take these
words of right and wrong / And tell me how they fit?/ When I’m am wrong for loving
me / And you’re right I just can’t quit
I wanna be free to be happy again / I want be told that you love who I am / And
if it’s a spark that you’re missing, Well, maybe you should try and hold my hand
/ I wanna be happy / again!.
I can’t choose
between now and never / Our baby boy he’s almost five / And he needs both his
momma and daddy / And I won’t make him choose a side // Take
these roads we travel on / And tell me where they lead? /You sold me heaven /
but you gave me hell / And with every step I bleed
I wanna be happy again. I wanna be happy again. I wanna be happy again.
* * JOHNNY - Words and Music by Kendall Payne
driving rock ballad, with a well put together composition with a strong electric
guitar ensemble full of precise playing, interesting rhythms and striking vocals.
References: (1 Peter 5:7, Romans 14:19 & 15:1-2,14)
Johnny shot to the moon. It’s on the nightly news. There’s nothing I can do. Johnny
shot to the moon
Johnny’s got (3x) something
to say Johnny’s not (2x) he’s not coming down today / Johnny thought (2x) things
would always be the same /Oh no, no, no things can’t always be the same
shot through the roof No one can get through Come and see the proof That Johnny
shot through the roof
When you wake up in a
war. Torn between your heart and head. Who will win / who’ll be defeated? Johnny
I quit keeping score. Now there’s no-one left to blame. No-one left to leave you
Johnny shot to the moon / I guess it’s
nothing new / It’s sad to say but its true That Johnny shot to the moon
* * + + BACKWARDS - Words and Music by Kendall Payne and Jason Wade (Bridge &
Light rock anthem with a strong melody
to go with the effective lyrics which pump one up not to give up but step out
in faith. Again great use of electric guitar ensemble, in a solid acoustic rock
composition, providing the perfect upbeat musical vehicle for the hopeful, positive
vocals which clearly express the lyrical message with umph.
References: (Joshua 1:9, Heb. 12:1-3, Romans 5;1-5, Phil 3:12-14)
can’t go backwards you must go forward / You have not been what you could be /
When you are the only one who enslaves you / Then you’re the only one who can
set you free.
Chorus: Don’t run away, question
the answers / Live your life like it’s on fire / You’re one mistake is to think
that you’ve made one / Don’t run away
can’t have mountains without the valleys / You can’t go high if you won’t go deep
/ You can’t do over / what you’ve done already / Expecting something new to see
I will not be bought, will not be caged Won’t stay behind my walls where it is
safe/ No I’m tired of trying to compensate for you / For you…
* * + + ASLAN - Words and Music by Kendall Payne
song inspired by the C.S. Lewis book, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.)
favorite song of this reviewer. A light, bouncy, easy four beat ballad with a
delightful melody, bright vocals propelled by a very melodic ensemble of acoustic
guitar and a concertina. Vocals are most enjoyable, with nice back up vocal harmonies,
2nd and 3rd time through the chorus.
References: (Isaiah 55:8, Ephes.2: 4-9, John 3:16 & 7:37-38, Romans 6:33)
stop your crying on my account. A frightening lion, no doubt. He’s not safe no,
he’s not safe Are you tempted now to run away? The King above all kings is coming
Chorus: But He won’t say the words /
you wish that he would / Oh He don’t do / the deeds / you know that He could /
He won’t think the thoughts / you think that he should / But He is good, He is
I know you’re thirsty/ the water is free
/ But I should warn you- it’ costs everything / Well, he’s not fair no, he’s not
fair When he fixes what’s beyond repair And graces everyone that don’t deserve
knows him whom eyes never seen No, I don’t know Him but He knows me / He knows
me. He knows me.
Lay down your layers, shed
off your skin But without his incision you can’t enter in / He cuts deep, yeah
he cuts deep When the risk is great and the talk is cheap But never leaves a wounded
* * + + TWENTY THREE
A song about hurting,
taking a chance and letting go, in the hard process of growing up. Beautiful 3/4
meter, poignant ballad composed in a minor key, featuring a perfect pairing of
heartfelt lyrics and a haunting melody, brought to life by moving electrical &
acoustical guitar, light synths and strings in an inspiring musical composition
with great dynamics and variety. Kendall's vocals touch the soul, bringing the
song to life, all the pain and the hope which struggle within, during a hard time.
Song chokes up this reviewer every time!
References: (Psalm 37:1-8, 28, Matt. 6:33, Phil 4:6-8, Romans 5;1-5)
three when did we become grown? I never noticed the seeds of the cynic being sown
/ Will we starve will the harvest time reap / Freedom or chains hope or disdain
for the weak?
Twenty three when did we become
safe? We pray to feel pleasure / and hate when we have to feel pain.
1 : Let me see / your burn / let me see your bruise / You look just like me /
Let me see / where you’re broken in two.
pretend when we / find the end of ourselves / Afraid to be real so we say that
we’re somebody else / Little ones / teach the big to be free / Children are only
Chorus 2: While we wait
here in the dark / love lends a spark / But we can’t decide / ‘Cause coming back
to life / is harder than hell / Once you have died.
I can see with your eyes / That everyone angry is only just aching inside / Twenty-three
/ when the sun sets tonight / There’s always a reason we just cannot leave it
* * * + + PRAY
song of this reviewer. Lyrics are excellent, as Kendall sums it up insightfully,
sharing what she has learned from the bumps in her road, how she has been blessed.
Well-crafted and well composed; simple yet lovely and interesting - perfect for
a prayer hymn, welcome in any contemporary service / denomination! Main melody
and poignant vocals supported with lovely, smooth broken chords played by guitar
during the first two verses, and verses 3 & 4. A string ensemble enters in
at the Chorus Refrain; Both supporting the guitar and offering a very nice counter
melody during both Chorus Refrains.
References: ( Jer. 29:11-16, 1 Peter 15:16, Ephes. 4:1)
will pray for you now for you have been my faithful friends / While the road we
walk is difficult indeed / I couldn’t not ask for more than what you’ve already
been / Only that you would say these prayers for me.
your heart break enough that compassion enters in / May your strength all be spent
upon the weak /All the castles and crowns you build and place upon your head /
May they all fall come crashing down around your feet.
you find every step to be harder than the last / So your character grows greater
each stride / May your company be of humble insignificance / May your weakness
be your only source of pride
1: What you do unto others may it all be done to you / May you meet the one who
made us / And see him smile when life is through. (String Interlude)
Refrain 2: May your blessings be many but not what you hoped they’d be / And when
you look upon the broken / May mercy show you what you could not see.
you never be sure of any plans you desire / But you’d learn to trust the plan
he has for you / May your passions be tried and tested in the holy fire / May
you fight with all your life for what is true.
have prayed for you now all of my dear and faithful friends / But what I wish
is more than I could ever speak / As the way wanders on I’ll long to see you once
again / Until then, would you pray these prayers for me? / Oh that you would pray
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