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On his fourth album Closer, Shawn McDonald leaves behind the “promising newcomer” label and bids to become a Christian singer/songwriter of the first rank. The songs (all McDonald originals, some co-written with such notables as Brandon Heath and Joy Williams) reflect the artist’s recent personal upheavals, including a painful divorce. It’s not surprising there are expressions of spiritual struggle here — but what’s more notable is the sense of renewed faith captured in these tracks. Such tunes as “Hope,” “Rise” and “Storms” are the anthems of a bruised but resilient spiritual pilgrim. Whether he’s yearning for a closer walk with God in “The Space Between Us” or searching for a higher Love in “Mystery,” McDonald brings immediacy to universal questions of faith. If Closer’s lyrics are often as simple and direct, its music is a nuanced blend of acoustic guitar sounds, slinky grooves and string quartet accents. Simmering numbers like “Better Way,” ”Eyes Forward” and the title track combine hypnotic rhythms with a hip neo-folk ambiance.

Customer Reviews

Love it.

The acoustic sound is gone like his first 2 albums, the first not available here. I love when an artist moves forward and expands on new horizons, this is one of the most overlooked album out there. Great sound and as always beautiful lyrics from Shawn.

Buy it!!

Rise and Closer are my favorite songs on this album. Such a different sound and worth it.


I love that his Christian values come out such beautiful, "cool", up to date music! I'm in love with this guy.


Born: 1978 in Eugene, OR

Genre: Christian & Gospel

Years Active: '00s, '10s

After a rebellious childhood, songwriter Shawn McDonald found God and began to clean up his act. He also started writing songs that combined his faith with elements of contemporary pop/rock, which led to a contract with Sparrow Records and a string of album releases. Simply Nothing marked his debut in 2004, followed by a handful of live...
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Closer, Shawn McDonald
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Christian & Gospel, Music, Rock, CCM
  • Released: Mar 18, 2011

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