11 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Tell Me What You Know (1997) is the album Sara Groves fans have been hoping for: a fully realized expression of the Christian singer/songwriter’s commitment to human rights, served up with the most dynamic and emotionally resonant music of her career. Groves’ work has long displayed an intelligence and eclecticism. Her voice – sweet-toned, with a hint of twang – makes up for its lack of grit with mellifluent phrasing and an aching edge. What sets this release apart is the tough-minded subject matter of its songs. Many of the tunes were inspired by Groves’ relief work in Katrina-ravaged Louisiana and visits with exploited Third World women and children. The harrowing stories she heard give weight to tracks like “In the Girl There’s a Room,” “Say a Prayer” and “I Saw What I Saw.” She embellishes these tales of oppression and hope with simmering New Orleans rhythms and stately acoustic piano. Inspirational pop/rock anthems (“Love is Still a Worthy Cause,””When the Saints”), down-home praise numbers (“You Are Wonderful”) and heartfelt maternal expressions (“Song for My Sons”) are equally strong. Impressive from start to finish, Tell Me What You Know speaks with eloquence and deserves to be heard beyond the confines of Christian music.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Tell Me What You Know (1997) is the album Sara Groves fans have been hoping for: a fully realized expression of the Christian singer/songwriter’s commitment to human rights, served up with the most dynamic and emotionally resonant music of her career. Groves’ work has long displayed an intelligence and eclecticism. Her voice – sweet-toned, with a hint of twang – makes up for its lack of grit with mellifluent phrasing and an aching edge. What sets this release apart is the tough-minded subject matter of its songs. Many of the tunes were inspired by Groves’ relief work in Katrina-ravaged Louisiana and visits with exploited Third World women and children. The harrowing stories she heard give weight to tracks like “In the Girl There’s a Room,” “Say a Prayer” and “I Saw What I Saw.” She embellishes these tales of oppression and hope with simmering New Orleans rhythms and stately acoustic piano. Inspirational pop/rock anthems (“Love is Still a Worthy Cause,””When the Saints”), down-home praise numbers (“You Are Wonderful”) and heartfelt maternal expressions (“Song for My Sons”) are equally strong. Impressive from start to finish, Tell Me What You Know speaks with eloquence and deserves to be heard beyond the confines of Christian music.

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About Sara Groves

Sara Groves, a former high-school teacher in her native Rosemont, Minnesota, burst onto the gospel scene at the dawn of the new millennium with her fresh vocals and spiritual songwriting. She's been compared to the likes of Shawn Colvin and Rich Mullins; however, Groves defines her own musical demeanor. She cannot be limited to one exact label, for her contemporary Christian hooks also meld into delicate pop. Signed to Epic, Groves issued her debut, Conversations, in early 2001, followed by a string of successful albums including All Right Here (2002), Other Side of Something (2004), Add to the Beauty (2005), Tell Me What You Know (2007), O Holy Night (2008), and Fireflies and Songs (2009), the latter of which was crowned "album of the year" by Christianity Today. Groves' tenth studio album, Invisible Empires, was produced by Steve Hindalong (Leeland, City on a Hill, and Sixpence None the Richer) and released in October 2011. Two years later, she released a double-disc compilation of hits and favorites, The Collection, culled from her ten albums, in addition to a handful of brand-new songs. Nearly four years since her last album of original material, Groves released Floodplain in late 2015. ~ MacKenzie Wilson

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