11 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On his third album, this Christian singer/songwriter applies his vividly drawn lyric style to both global issues and intimate everyday situations. Fans who admired the poignant character sketches within his 2008 hit “Give Me Your Eyes” will find a similar approach evident in Leaving Eden’s title track, a God-centered response to human suffering. “Only Water” (an acoustic-based tune rich in natural imagery) and “The One” (an upbeat anthem set to a simmering groove) are outwardly directed expressions of an activist faith. Heath balances such tracks with stirring praise tunes like “The Light In Me” and “Stolen.” Musically, the songs benefit from Dan Muckala’s production touches, which range from Daniel Lanois-like ambient overlays (“Your Love”) to Caribbean rhythms recalling Jason Mraz (“It’s No Good to Be Alone”). Amidst these sonic settings, Heath maintains his guy-next-door appeal as a singer — his clear phrasing and yearning high notes betray little showbiz affectation. Leaving Eden tackles some lofty subjects, but in the end the album is one man’s open-hearted testimony of salvation.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On his third album, this Christian singer/songwriter applies his vividly drawn lyric style to both global issues and intimate everyday situations. Fans who admired the poignant character sketches within his 2008 hit “Give Me Your Eyes” will find a similar approach evident in Leaving Eden’s title track, a God-centered response to human suffering. “Only Water” (an acoustic-based tune rich in natural imagery) and “The One” (an upbeat anthem set to a simmering groove) are outwardly directed expressions of an activist faith. Heath balances such tracks with stirring praise tunes like “The Light In Me” and “Stolen.” Musically, the songs benefit from Dan Muckala’s production touches, which range from Daniel Lanois-like ambient overlays (“Your Love”) to Caribbean rhythms recalling Jason Mraz (“It’s No Good to Be Alone”). Amidst these sonic settings, Heath maintains his guy-next-door appeal as a singer — his clear phrasing and yearning high notes betray little showbiz affectation. Leaving Eden tackles some lofty subjects, but in the end the album is one man’s open-hearted testimony of salvation.

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About Brandon Heath

Before he became a Grammy-nominated contemporary Christian artist, Brandon Heath spent his childhood years in Nashville, TN. He received a guitar as a Christmas gift and began writing songs at the age of 13, supplementing his musical efforts by performing in a school choir. He embraced religion three years later after attending an influential Young Life camp. Although he later returned to the camp to serve as a leader, Heath also continued to focus on his music, spending long hours at the Bluebird Café -- Nashville's legendary hot spot and proving ground for songwriters -- in order to hone his craft as a writer. He also expanded his spiritual horizons by going on faith missions to India and Ecuador, thus setting the table for the mix of religion and music that would soon fuel his professional life.

After his guitar was stolen during the spring of 2000, Heath assembled a demo CD and sold it in order to raise money for a new guitar. The CD, which Heath eventually released as Early Stuff in 2004, introduced his soaring, impassioned tenor voice to the world. Meanwhile, he worked on second album, Soldier, with producer Chris Davis; it, too, appeared in 2004. Heath then signed with Reunion Records and issued his official debut, Don't Get Comfortable, in the fall of 2006.

Don't Get Comfortable proved to be quite popular on Christian radio, where "I'm Not Who I Was" became a chart-topping single and two additional songs cracked the Top 20. Heath received several Dove nominations and took home the award for Best New Artist. He received additional accolades for his second album, What If We, which arrived in 2008 and netted a Grammy nomination one year later for Best Pop Gospel Album. ~ Steve Leggett & Andrew Leahey

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