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Editors’ Notes

Recent doubts about his career direction caused this former American Idol contestant to almost give up recording — instead, he translated his soul-searching into a revelatory sophomore album. These songs speak to human vulnerability as well as the redemptive power of Christian faith. Tracks like “Only You Can Save,” “In the Weak” and “Scars” move beyond the artist’s own struggles into a universal message of compassion. Sligh expands his sonic palette as he matches a Jamaican-accented rhythm with billowing strings on “One” and breaks into a galloping techno groove on “Chasing Down a Name.” The lighthearted pop bounce of “Sunny” is balanced by the symphonic elegance of “Beginning (Not the End).” Ethereal synthesizer colors bring an otherworldly shimmer to “Naïve” and “”Still You Love Me.” Sligh stretches out as a vocalist, dropping down to an intimate near-whisper on “Broken (Beautiful)” and rising to dramatic heights on “Love Is the Answer.” The Anatomy of Broken draws strength from moments of weakness and comes up with a powerful statement of belief.

Customer Reviews

Such talent!

Not only does Chris have a fantastic voice, but what about his writing skills!! Such maturity in the lyrics and soul searching melody. I am thrilled that you are working hard and it has everything and nothing to do with American Idol. I would not have known who you were with out Idol but was hooked on your vocals from then on. Congrats on this newest CD, keep your head up high and keep writing!

Only you can Save

this album has touched the deepest part of my passion to love others and be like HIM. Thank you Chris. God is glorified!


Chris, this album is truly anointed. Reflects the freshness and intimacy in your relationship with the Father! Keep that and your music will change lives forever!


Born: 1978 in Madison, TN

Genre: Christian & Gospel

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Chris Sligh received his big break during the sixth season of American Idol, where his self-deprecating humor and tenor vocals earned him a tenth-place finish. He parlayed that success into a CCM career, first with the band Half Past Forever (which Sligh had formed prior to the American Idol season) and later as a solo act. Born into a Baptist household in 1978, Charles Christopher Sligh developed his faith and singing ability at a young age. His parents were missionaries whose work required the...
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