11 Songs, 55 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Leeland invokes the fiery revivalism of 18th-century American minister Jonathan Edwards on The Great Awakening, the Christian quartet’s fourth album. The band – now including lead singer Leeland Mooring’s sister Shelly on bass – moves away from its original Britpop/progressive rock sound towards an earthier (but still expansive) approach in these tracks. Still central to the group’s appeal are Leeland’s honeyed tenor vocals and brother Jack’s stately keyboard touch, applied to catchy, melodically-rich tunes that work well in corporate worship settings. An inspirational 18th-century poem provides the lyrics to The Great Awakening’s title track and sets the tone for the album as a whole. Leeland celebrates God’s majesty in “I Wonder,” glimpses heaven beyond a sordid world in “I Can See Your Love” and challenges believers to act upon their faith in “While We Sing.” Musically, “I Wonder” and “Pages” show a pronounced country influence, while “Holy Ghost” swirls with neo-psychedelic effects. “Unending Songs” reaffirms Leeland’s sustained message of passionate praise.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Leeland invokes the fiery revivalism of 18th-century American minister Jonathan Edwards on The Great Awakening, the Christian quartet’s fourth album. The band – now including lead singer Leeland Mooring’s sister Shelly on bass – moves away from its original Britpop/progressive rock sound towards an earthier (but still expansive) approach in these tracks. Still central to the group’s appeal are Leeland’s honeyed tenor vocals and brother Jack’s stately keyboard touch, applied to catchy, melodically-rich tunes that work well in corporate worship settings. An inspirational 18th-century poem provides the lyrics to The Great Awakening’s title track and sets the tone for the album as a whole. Leeland celebrates God’s majesty in “I Wonder,” glimpses heaven beyond a sordid world in “I Can See Your Love” and challenges believers to act upon their faith in “While We Sing.” Musically, “I Wonder” and “Pages” show a pronounced country influence, while “Holy Ghost” swirls with neo-psychedelic effects. “Unending Songs” reaffirms Leeland’s sustained message of passionate praise.

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About Leeland

Melodic Baytown, Texas alternative CCM ensemble Leeland formed in 2005 around their talented lead singer, guitarist, and frontman, Leeland Mooring. The group, which also includes keyboard player/vocalist Jack Mooring, guitarist Austin Tirado, bass player Jake Holtz, and drummer Mike Smith, released its debut, Sound of Melodies, on Essential Records in 2006. The album would go on to earn the band its first of many Dove and Grammy Award nominations. Released in 2008, Opposite Way saw Leeland sail to the top of the digital Christian album charts on the strength of the wistful title track and the driving "Count Me In," and 2009's Love Is on the Move would debut at number five on the Billboard Christian albums chart. The band's Grammy-nominated fourth studio long-player, The Great Awakening, arrived in 2011, and 2016's Invisible marked the band's first outing for Bethel Music/Sony. ~ James Christopher Monger

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    Baytown, TX

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