12 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s easy to describe Connersvine as the Christian duo featuring one member who plays professional football and one who doesn’t. There’s no getting around the fact that singer/songwriter Hunter Smith’s notoriety as a punter with the Indianapolis Colts guarantees that his tunes will get a measure of attention. The music that he and partner Chris Wilson make has more than novelty value, however — the two of them are capable artists with an eclectic sound. As befits their background as youth worship leaders, their songs are mostly expressions of praise, couched in plainspoken, heartfelt language. “Glory Be,” “Come Alive,” “Live for You” and other songs use acoustic textures and rock dynamics to frame the duo’s testimonies. Smith’s earnest, slightly hoarse vocals bring Edwin McCain to mind; combined with Wilson’s harmonies, the blend has a slight country tinge. The tracks here run the gamut from rustic folk-pop (“Overflow”) to old-school soul (“Sacred Mystery”) and sturdy AOR rock (“Hungerlove”). Among the standout cuts is “Hero,” a pledge of devotion with a galvanizing chorus.

EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s easy to describe Connersvine as the Christian duo featuring one member who plays professional football and one who doesn’t. There’s no getting around the fact that singer/songwriter Hunter Smith’s notoriety as a punter with the Indianapolis Colts guarantees that his tunes will get a measure of attention. The music that he and partner Chris Wilson make has more than novelty value, however — the two of them are capable artists with an eclectic sound. As befits their background as youth worship leaders, their songs are mostly expressions of praise, couched in plainspoken, heartfelt language. “Glory Be,” “Come Alive,” “Live for You” and other songs use acoustic textures and rock dynamics to frame the duo’s testimonies. Smith’s earnest, slightly hoarse vocals bring Edwin McCain to mind; combined with Wilson’s harmonies, the blend has a slight country tinge. The tracks here run the gamut from rustic folk-pop (“Overflow”) to old-school soul (“Sacred Mystery”) and sturdy AOR rock (“Hungerlove”). Among the standout cuts is “Hero,” a pledge of devotion with a galvanizing chorus.

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About Connersvine

The Christian acoustic rock duo Connersvine is comprised of Chris Wilson and professional footballer Hunter Smith, who met in 2001 and formed a fast friendship while leading worship for a young adult ministry in southern Indianapolis. Although born and raised in Texas, Smith later relocated to Indianapolis following a four-year residence at Norte Dame, where his prowess on the football field landed him a contract with the NFL Colts. Meanwhile, Wilson had been studying guitar and helping with local worship services since middle school. He and Smith soon began working alongside one another at Every Nation Church, and a musical partnership flourished. Signing with INO Records in 2007 -- the same year that the Colts won the Super Bowl -- Connersvine entered the studio and emerged with the duo's self-titled debut, which was released that October. ~ Andrew Leahey

ORIGIN
Indianapolis, IN

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