19 Songs, 1 Hour, 15 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Jennifer Knapp emerged as a major Christian music talent with the 1997 release of Kansas, an album’s worth of uncommonly forceful and self-revelatory folk-rock tunes. After several independent releases, the guitar-wielding singer/songwriter was taken under the wing of Mark Stuart (lead singer with Audio Adrenaline) and given the wider exposure she deserved. Knapp used this opportunity to declare her faith in earthy, heartfelt terms, glancing back at her troubled teenaged years as she sings hosannas to her Savior. The music here is insistent and arresting, carried by Knapp’s driving guitar and aggressive yet nuanced vocals. The passionate reverence found in “Undo Me” typifies the spiritual fire underlying this album. The reggae-inflected “Romans,” the crisply rocking “Whole Again,” and the gently contemplative “Faithful to Me” are sonically diverse, yet drawn from the same well of devotion. Stuart’s production keeps the sound direct and clean, with strings and woodwinds added for a Celtic flavor. Overall, the album invites comparisons with Tracy Chapman and the Indigo Girls’ best work. As an expression of a young believer’s commitment to Christ, Kansas is tough to beat.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Jennifer Knapp emerged as a major Christian music talent with the 1997 release of Kansas, an album’s worth of uncommonly forceful and self-revelatory folk-rock tunes. After several independent releases, the guitar-wielding singer/songwriter was taken under the wing of Mark Stuart (lead singer with Audio Adrenaline) and given the wider exposure she deserved. Knapp used this opportunity to declare her faith in earthy, heartfelt terms, glancing back at her troubled teenaged years as she sings hosannas to her Savior. The music here is insistent and arresting, carried by Knapp’s driving guitar and aggressive yet nuanced vocals. The passionate reverence found in “Undo Me” typifies the spiritual fire underlying this album. The reggae-inflected “Romans,” the crisply rocking “Whole Again,” and the gently contemplative “Faithful to Me” are sonically diverse, yet drawn from the same well of devotion. Stuart’s production keeps the sound direct and clean, with strings and woodwinds added for a Celtic flavor. Overall, the album invites comparisons with Tracy Chapman and the Indigo Girls’ best work. As an expression of a young believer’s commitment to Christ, Kansas is tough to beat.

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3:44
3:24
4:30
3:52
3:53
5:54
3:08
3:29
4:08
4:20
1:36
3:54
3:41
3:10
6:29
4:20
4:14
6:57

About Jennifer Knapp

Alternative CCM folk-rocker Jennifer Knapp debuted in 1994 with a self-released cassette that sold over 2,000 copies in its first year. Her first full-length, Wishing Well, appeared two years later; its success brought Knapp to the attention of the Gotee Records label, which issued her Kansas LP, produced by Audio Adrenaline frontman Mark Stuart, in 1998. The Grammy-nominated Lay It Down arrived in early 2000, followed by the biographical storybook of The Way I Am in 2001. Knapp put her public career on hiatus for the remainder of the decade and relocated to Australia before reappearing in 2010 with the more secular Letting Go. Coinciding with the publication of her memoir Facing the Music, she released her fifth album, the Jacob Lawson-produced Set Me Free, on Righteous Babe Records. In 2017, she returned with Love Comes Back Around. Produced by Viktor Krauss, the album found Knapp exploring the rootsier side of her sound. ~ Jason Ankeny

HOMETOWN
Chanute, KS
BORN
April 12, 1974

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