10 Songs, 33 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Nineteen-year-old Christian pop/rock artist Moriah Peters brings a host of strengths to her debut album, I Choose Jesus. Her smooth, slightly throaty vocals take on a batch of tunes (all but one of which she cowrote) that display a fervent, compassionate faith and buoyantly infectious grooves. While Peters' lyrics are aimed at teenage listeners, she shows an overall maturity that puts her music closer to Francesca Battistelli or J.J. Heller than, say, Jamie Grace. Summery, upbeat tracks like “Know Us by Our Love” (a call for social activism set to a shuffle beat), “Well Done” (a personal anthem boosted by a big backup chorus), and “Miracle” (a healing message wrapped around warm acoustic guitar) fortify their sweetness with solid spiritual content. Especially good is “Haven’t Even Kissed,” a love song about taking the good things slow. Peters proves her mettle with worship balladry on the title tune and delivers the redemptive “No Shame” with impressive sensitivity. Ed Cash’s polished (but not glitzy) production brings out both the festive and thoughtful qualities of Peters’ music.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Nineteen-year-old Christian pop/rock artist Moriah Peters brings a host of strengths to her debut album, I Choose Jesus. Her smooth, slightly throaty vocals take on a batch of tunes (all but one of which she cowrote) that display a fervent, compassionate faith and buoyantly infectious grooves. While Peters' lyrics are aimed at teenage listeners, she shows an overall maturity that puts her music closer to Francesca Battistelli or J.J. Heller than, say, Jamie Grace. Summery, upbeat tracks like “Know Us by Our Love” (a call for social activism set to a shuffle beat), “Well Done” (a personal anthem boosted by a big backup chorus), and “Miracle” (a healing message wrapped around warm acoustic guitar) fortify their sweetness with solid spiritual content. Especially good is “Haven’t Even Kissed,” a love song about taking the good things slow. Peters proves her mettle with worship balladry on the title tune and delivers the redemptive “No Shame” with impressive sensitivity. Ed Cash’s polished (but not glitzy) production brings out both the festive and thoughtful qualities of Peters’ music.

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About Moriah Peters

Born and raised in Chino, California, contemporary Christian singer/songwriter Moriah Peters was initially on a more secular road, auditioning for American Idol. The celebrity judges enjoyed her performance but suggested she would be more believable if she'd "experience life" and "kiss a boy," suggestions she felt were crass and a sure sign she should return to CCM. Sierra's Wendi Foy would soon take interest in Peters, hooking her up with management and cutting a three-song demo that would catch the attention of the Reunion record label. Peters' recording debut would have to wait until after her animation debut, because in 2011, Moriah starred as Vana Banana in the Veggie Tales movie The Princess & the Pop-Star. Her debut album, I Choose Jesus, would arrive a year later with production coming from Ed Cash. ~ David Jeffries

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