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Jenny Simmons’ solo debut reflects the emotional turmoil she faced after the end of her band Addison Road. The Becoming deals with the Christian singer/songwriter’s struggles to regain her sense of purpose and identity, as well as her strengthened relationship with God. Simmons sounds rejuvenated here, tempering her smooth delivery with an aching edge. Her lyrics are rooted in her own experience, touching on moments of weakness and self-doubt in “Where I Belong” and “The In Between.” “What Faith’s About” and “Letting You Go” make the depths of Simmons’ Christian commitment clear. Buoyant pop/rock arrangements drive her words home, with the sunny, Jamie Grace–like “This I Know” and the life-affirming “Heaven Waits for Me” standing out. “Broken Hallelujah” is a particular high point, summing up the theme of personal revival that lies at the album’s heart. A cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Come Healing” ends the album on a sweepingly redemptive note. Grounded in earthly experience as it looks heavenward, The Becoming stands out for its honesty as well as its ultimate optimism.

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Wonderful Songs About the Journey of Faith

I've been an Addison Road fan a while and was excited to hear the first solo album from their talented lead singer, Jenny Simmons… and I absolutely love it!

Jenny has a lovely voice, and she's singing at her best in this album. Some tracks have a familiar Addison Road style, but several have a very different sound - and that's not a criticism. Jenny pulls off styles ranging from soft acoustic to old-school ballads, and infuses them with emotion and vulnerability.

If you follow her blog, you find that she's a very open, thoughtful artist, and that personality really comes out in the lyrics of these songs as well. These are honest reflections on life that recognize we don't always have all the answers as we walk through "the becoming" of God shaping us. Jenny has drawn on her own stories of growing in Christ (she's shared on her blog the background of a few specific songs) to paint vivid images of the Christian experience that many of us can relate to.

In my opinion, the songs strike a great balance between depth and simplicity. For example: I loved how Addison Road took a repetitive children's song ("This Little Light of Mine") and turned it into so much more. In "This I Know", Jenny takes the basic idea of "Jesus Loves Me" and adds so much more of the Gospel's reality in our lives while keeping a lively, memorable style.

And that's just one song - I could literally talk about every track and what makes each of them so special. I can't really pick a favorite, but I do particularly appreciate the artistic mediation of "Broken Hallelujah" and absolutely love the joyful challenge of "What Faith's About".

I highly recommend that you buy this album - you'll support a great Christian artist and get a wealth of encouraging music for yourself as you walk the path of faith and seek to experience "the beauty of becoming".

Great Album!

Ever since the first single was released I've been waiting for this album. I was curious how she would do without Addison Road. She did great! Jenny Simmons take on life and faith seems to hit home with many of us, and I already found a few of these new tracks that have found a place in my soul.

A remarkable, moving, and inspirational album

I have been an avid Addison Road fan for years and when I learned that they were parting ways and that Jenny was starting a solo career, I was a maelstrom of emotions. I was so incredibly sad that AR was splitting, but incredibly excited to hear more of Jenny's music. The Becoming is an incredible piece of inspirational art that rejuvenates both the spirit and mind. Jenny finds a way to tap into raw emotion and draw from her own experiences and faith to create these moving songs that will have you thinking about your life and relationship with, not only God, but your friends, family, and yourself. Do yourself a favor and buy this album. It’s incredible.

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