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Album Review

John Waller had three things going for him when The Blessing debuted nationally: he had already fronted the critically touted band According to John; he signed with coveted Beach Street Records, home of mega-successful group Casting Crowns; and the Christian AC landscape had become so barren that it was in dire need of a fresh talent to revive the genre. Waller was up for the task, bringing just the right balance of heart-opening lyrics and stalwart musicianship. In much the same vein as MercyMe, Michael W. Smith and Steven Curtis Chapman, Waller showed a gift for wrapping some of the more poignant scriptural-based themes in glistening contemporary Christian pop. The promising voice found his way to Beach Street through a connection with Mark Hall, Casting Crowns' lead vocalist. Waller's arrival at Beach Street was a personal triumph, but his journey prior to penning a new record deal was what became the source for much of his songwriting material. According to John buckled due to record label woes, and Waller thought he had closed the door on the songwriting chapter of his life. He and his wife moved to Colorado and helped launch SouthLink Church. A year later, he found himself writing new material for a congregation that loved it so much that it raised the money for him to go back to the studio. He also overcame a long-term battle with depression, lending him uncommon wisdom that shone through with raw, earnest, challenging lyrics — from the title track, which features a guest vocal by Hall, to "Still Calls Me Son," one of the most personal expressions of the Parable of the Prodigal Son ever recorded. Waller was welcomed heartily by fans of his strong, sophisticated openness.

Customer Reviews

Such a Blessing

When I heard the song "The blessing" on the radio, it stuck with me. As Christians we strive to seek God with all our heart. This song really talks about what we strive to have happen. Our goal is that the legacy of us on earth honors God and that by our actions others can see Christ through us. This song is amazing!!!

Finally here! The Blessing cd!

I have impatiently waited for this full cd to come on iTunes! I know everyone who listens to John Waller is going to be tremendously moved by the passion in his lyrics and is singing. God definitely has a plan for John's music to move beyond his congregation and out into the whole world. Might I be bold enough to predict......I think this guy will be your Dove Award winner next year for Best New Artist. Enjoy the cd! Peace

The Blessing

Excellent CD - Still Calls Me Son is amazing - really brings home the prodigal son!

Biography

Born: December 12, 1970

Genre: Christian & Gospel

Years Active: '00s, '10s

John Waller first found the spotlight as the leader of the late ‘90s Matchbox 20-esque Christian alternative rock band According to John. After going solo, he released THE BLESSING, which smoothed out the rough edges of his former band’s sound, turning down the guitars and refining his melodic pop sense. His second album, WHILE I’M WAITING, benefited from even slicker production and focused more explicitly on themes of praise and worship, drawing comparisons to the shiny CCM of Steven Curtis...
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