Invisible Empires by Sara Groves on Apple Music

11 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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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About Sara Groves

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 of successful albums including All Right Here (2002), Other Side of Something (2004), Add to the Beauty (2005), Tell Me What You Know (2007), O Holy Night (2008), and Fireflies and Songs (2009), the latter of which was crowned "album of the year" by Christianity Today. Groves' tenth studio album, Invisible Empires, was produced by Steve Hindalong (Leeland, City on a Hill, and Sixpence None the Richer) and released in October 2011. Two years later, she released a double-disc compilation of hits and favorites, The Collection, culled from her ten albums, in addition to a handful of brand-new songs. Nearly four years since her last album of original material, Groves released Floodplain in late 2015. ~ MacKenzie Wilson

  • ORIGIN
    Burnsville, MN
  • BORN
    Sep 10, 1972

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