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Behind singer/songwriter Sara Groves’ caressing, almost demure voice, there’s a keen intelligence and fierce moral courage that resonates throughout her music. Groves has a special talent for underscoring small intimations of grace that are often overlooked, even by believers. Tracks like “Obsolete,” “Precious Again,” and “Mystery” find her seeking a closer connection with God, sustained by well-contoured melodies and atmospheric pop/rock arrangements. “Eyes on the Prize” (a reworking of the spiritual associated with the Civil Rights movement) broadens the album’s scope by touching on themes of social justice, while “Without Love” looks at the false glories of the world from a compassionate Christian perspective. Groves is most powerful when she unflinchingly faces her own pride and weakness, as in “Right Now” and “Finite.” Steve Hindalong’s production uses keyboard washes, chiming guitars, and string accents to add color without overshadowing Grove’s vocals and piano.

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Beautiful. Powerful.

The vocals, lyrics, and overall feel of the first track 'Miracle' immediately drew me in, somehow uniting both ethereal and relational, mysterious and tangible.

Sara is a brilliant storyteller. This record highlights that. From deeply honest, part-social-commentary, part introspective songs, like 'Obsolete' and 'Scientists in Japan,' to desperate cries for perseverance in justice on 'Eyes on the Prize' and pleas for renewal in seeing the beauty and importance of people, all people, in 'Precious,' this record takes the listener on a journey, dealing along the way with deep issues of the heart.

I'm grateful for this record. It needs to be heard by as many people as possible.

Another Great Album

Sara Groves continues to prove herself to be one of the most consistent songwriters working today, in any genre. These songs contain a depth of thinking and revelation that most songwriters can only dream of. Groves sees the state of our busy, virtual culture with striking clarity, and paves a way for us to look beyond these things into the deeper, invisible reality of God undergirding it all. This album is always genuine, always encouraging, always real. It's not the most surprising record I've heard, but that's only because Groves is so reliable to produce great albums.


No other contemporary Christian singer-songwriter is so clear and concise in the messages they wish to convey with their music. This was true with Groves' first album and has remained consistent through this, her latest. The best advice I can give you when it comes to her music is LISTEN. She's always saying something and it's always inspired in the most divine way.


Born: September 10, 1972 in Burnsville, MN

Genre: Christian & Gospel

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

Sara Groves, a former high-school teacher in her native Rosemont, Minnesota, burst onto the gospel scene at the dawn of the new millennium with her fresh vocals and spiritual songwriting. She's been compared to the likes of Shawn Colvin and Rich Mullins; however, Groves defines her own musical demeanor. She cannot be limited to one exact label, for her contemporary Christian hooks also meld into delicate pop. Signed to Epic, Groves issued her debut, Conversations, in early 2001, followed by a string...
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