Such an amazing album from Christian music's finest!
Melissa Greene's solo release is one that is few and far between in Christian music. She is a powerhouse, amazing singer with an even more amazing heart for God and for His people. All her songs are not only melodic, well-written, and singable, but they are also Biblically founded on God's word and on His character. Even in the midst of trial in the middle of a song, she makes you want to get up and dance before the Lord in worship of Him. The slower songs are reflective, thought-provoking and powerful. Her voice is absolutely flawless. An overall original, brilliant gem! This is an A++++ debut from one of the greatest singers and transparent people in Christian music today!
inspired and honest - great new album!
Melissa Greene as 1/4 of the CCM group Avalon, has always come across as genuinely passionate about the ministry. This new solo record, however, shows more intensely her passion for Jesus Christ. Catchy tunes mixed with awesome lyrics show creativity for her craft and she doesn't push ministry under the rug by filling her record with ho-hum love-song type lyrics that could be taken either as human or Divine love. She is blatant about her intention to glorify the name of God. This is also shown through various interviews and personal blogs she's written. This album is a great new collection of songs that speak to the heart about our Creator, filled with longing, love, forgiveness, and hope. Thanks, Melissa!
MAINSTREAM SUCCESS WAITING TO HAPPEN!
I say that as a long time AVALON fan, and now, a Melissa Greene fan. As far as I was concerned Jody McBrayer, and Janna Long's solo records were AMAZING, and I was interested to hear what Melissa, as 1/4 of the female power vocalists of Avalon, would come up with. Well, she hit this album out of the park. This Album is by far the best solo Avalonian album to date! The title and lead track, NEXT STEP, starts out with a funky/Pop-R&B soul feel, and is a standout. The next song that resonates in the soul is WONDER. This song to me feels the most like a polished/Number 1 Hit of Avalon's waiting to happen. The melody is uplifting and Melissa's vocals really shine through with her signature crystal clear tone and rangey pipes. LONG ROAD TO FORGIVENESS sounds like a Carrie Underwood country hit waiting to happen, and is also great! The last favorite standout, and I say this as all of the songs are great, but I don't wanna make this too long, is YOU SATISFY. This is the song that struck a nerve after one listen, and has been on repeat! In this track, Melissa sort of finds herself stepping onto Janna Long's territory as a soulful and brassy Pop R&B singer. Overall, this album is amazing, and really shows a different side of Melissa Greene! The Next Step shows that she is worthy of mainstream success, should she choose to ever go that route. But, she has an amazing vocal gift, and it's refreshing to hear Inspirational melodies from a powerhouse vocalist. Definately buy this album, cause this album is worth every penny!