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Album Review

As if arriving at a crossroads between her early day glories and post-scandal demureness, Sandi Patty conflates all the lessons and musical styles she's assimilated along the way on Falling Forward, her 25th anniversary recording. The CCM matriarch sounds more praise-filled and celebratory than ever, but Falling Forward is by no means a commemorative disc — if anything, some of it is as understated and inspirational as Artist of My Soul, one of Patty's first few albums following her fall from grace. It's that same grace Patty seeks to render tribute to in cuts such as the title track and the thoughtful "Grace Flows Down," neither of which possesses the operatic bombast longtime fans have come to expect from the singer. There are some high notes to be found in spots, particularly in a throwback medley consisting of such Patty classics as "Upon This Rock," "In the Name of the Lord," and "Who Will Call Him King of Kings," but they're not at all the norm. Perhaps inspired by her stint as a motivational speaker at Women of Faith conferences, she actually tries her hand at congregational praise & worship in covers from the likes of Passion ("Sing to the King"), Israel & New Breed ("You Are Good"), and Hillsong ("Made Me Glad"), and the results are pleasant, if not a bit by the book. Patty has been doing this for so long, though, she could pretty much indulge in any gospel sensibility and still sound in command. For that reason, Falling Forward is a step forward, even if it's still couched in the easy listening accessibility that has endeared the powerhouse to millions over the decades.

Customer Reviews

Feel happy, uplifted, and listen to beautiful music

I'm not a typical Sandi fan. Not a Christian, not religious, don't believe in a traditional God. But have listened to her for 21 years, because she makes me feel fantastic and her passion for what she believes in is inspiring even if it's not exactly what you believe. Her voice -- at 50 is still so fresh and well preserved. And, she continues to move her style with time, without losing the core that we all love. So, Christian or not, if you want to hear someone who has great passion, will make you feel better than when you began listening, listen to Sandi.

Patty Soars To New Heights with Falling Forward

Sandi Patty reminds us on this release -- Falling Forward -- that she has an impeccable ear for finding incredible songs. Falling Forward is also further proof that Sandi is one of the greatest singers of our time, no exaggeration. With perfect-pitch, Sandi has never sounded better. Her versatility as a singer is incredible and her phrasing is that of a true artist. With soaring ballads, catchy hooks, and even a fresh interpretation from her illustrious catalogue, Sandi Medley, she draws the listener into her material. Her voice is thrilling. These songs are dazzling. This offering, Falling Forward, picks up from her Artist Of My Soul CD in song selection, style and lyrical content. This CD is fun to take on a long drive, on a walk, or to listen to at work. We'll take Sandi Falling Forward, backwards, upside down or inside out. Forget the Christian label, Sandi is one of the greatest singers of our time and -- most of all -- Falling Forward is fun!!!

Absolutely Beautiful As Usual!!!!

Once again Sandi surpasses all expectations with this new CD. Thank you so much for something new and refreshing in your exceptional style that I love so much. Your songs inspire, soothe my soul and speak to my heart .What a gift you have and what a blessing you are! Glory be to God!


Born: July 14, 1957 in Oklahoma City, OK

Genre: Christian & Gospel

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Known as "the Voice," Sandi Patty is one of the biggest stars in CCM and over a 15-year period (from the early '80s) has earned three platinum albums, five gold albums, 33 Dove Awards, and five Grammys. Her debut album sold 11 million copies. Known for her versatility, Patty draws from pop to ballads to modernized gospel standards. As a singer, she is noted for her powerful, flexible voice and her ability to effortlessly climb to a high C. Patty has appeared on numerous television and awards shows,...
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