Blue Mountain by Brandon Heath on Apple Music

11 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Harkening back to his East Tennessee roots, Brandon Heath invokes the people and landscapes of Appalachia on Blue Mountain. His latest release takes a creative leap by exploring biblical themes with homespun imagery that’s both nostalgic and timeless. Musically, Heath plays down the modern pop/rock sounds of his recent releases in favor of fiddles, banjos, dobros and other acoustic instrumentation. “The Harvester” and “Hands of the Healer” have a sturdy folk quality akin to the Avett Brothers, while title tune invokes the high ‘n’ lonesome mood of classic country. Upbeat, radio-friendly tracks like “Love Will Be Enough” add some contrast to heavier God-centered meditations like “He Paid it All.” Heath’s skill at storytelling is in fine form here, whether he’s saluting a beloved grandfather (“Paul Brown Petty”) or imagining the last meal of a condemned man (“Dyin’ Day”). “Diamond” and “In the Dust” express eternal spiritual values with fresh language and a compassionate heart. A standout release, Blue Mountain ranks among Heath’s most personal works as well as his most accomplished.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Harkening back to his East Tennessee roots, Brandon Heath invokes the people and landscapes of Appalachia on Blue Mountain. His latest release takes a creative leap by exploring biblical themes with homespun imagery that’s both nostalgic and timeless. Musically, Heath plays down the modern pop/rock sounds of his recent releases in favor of fiddles, banjos, dobros and other acoustic instrumentation. “The Harvester” and “Hands of the Healer” have a sturdy folk quality akin to the Avett Brothers, while title tune invokes the high ‘n’ lonesome mood of classic country. Upbeat, radio-friendly tracks like “Love Will Be Enough” add some contrast to heavier God-centered meditations like “He Paid it All.” Heath’s skill at storytelling is in fine form here, whether he’s saluting a beloved grandfather (“Paul Brown Petty”) or imagining the last meal of a condemned man (“Dyin’ Day”). “Diamond” and “In the Dust” express eternal spiritual values with fresh language and a compassionate heart. A standout release, Blue Mountain ranks among Heath’s most personal works as well as his most accomplished.

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About Brandon Heath

Before he became a Grammy-nominated contemporary Christian artist, Brandon Heath spent his childhood years in Nashville, Tennessee. 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 his second album, Soldier, with producer Chris Davis; it also 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.

Heath's next album, 2011's Leaving Eden, also fared well, garnering the singer another Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album. A year later he returned with his fourth studio album, Blue Mountain, which peaked at number nine on the Billboard Christian Albums chart. The holiday-themed Christmas Is Here followed in 2013. In 2017 Heath delivered his sixth studio album, Faith, Hope, Love, Repeat, featuring the single "Whole Heart." ~ Steve Leggett & Andrew Leahey

  • ORIGIN
    Nashville, TN
  • BORN
    Jul 21, 1978

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