11 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

You can place Brandon Heath squarely in the tradition of the sensitive male singer/songwriter. His slightly callow but winning vocals and lyric confessions of emotional need bring to mind everyone from Jackson Browne to Mat Kearney and Greg Laswell. His sophomore album What If We applies his firmly Christian perspective to themes both exalted and ordinary. Heath doesn’t mind admitting his fears and weaknesses — “Wait and See” looks back over his semi-misspent youth, while “When I’m Alone” describes an acute attack of alienation. On tracks like the soulful “Fight Another Day” and the bouncy “Sore Eyes,” he turns around and offers words of encouragement to others. More than anything, Heath is concerned with failures of communication, whether between lovers (“Listen Up”) or strangers (“Give Me Your Eyes”). Reaching higher, he delivers an uncommonly poetic praise song with “No Not One.” His light, flexible sound relies on acoustic guitars and laid-back beats (dressed up with strings here and there) to put his message across. What If We may be a tad sweet in spots but ultimately redeems itself through its solid craft and empathetic perspective. Heath’s kind of sensitivity feels right.

EDITORS’ NOTES

You can place Brandon Heath squarely in the tradition of the sensitive male singer/songwriter. His slightly callow but winning vocals and lyric confessions of emotional need bring to mind everyone from Jackson Browne to Mat Kearney and Greg Laswell. His sophomore album What If We applies his firmly Christian perspective to themes both exalted and ordinary. Heath doesn’t mind admitting his fears and weaknesses — “Wait and See” looks back over his semi-misspent youth, while “When I’m Alone” describes an acute attack of alienation. On tracks like the soulful “Fight Another Day” and the bouncy “Sore Eyes,” he turns around and offers words of encouragement to others. More than anything, Heath is concerned with failures of communication, whether between lovers (“Listen Up”) or strangers (“Give Me Your Eyes”). Reaching higher, he delivers an uncommonly poetic praise song with “No Not One.” His light, flexible sound relies on acoustic guitars and laid-back beats (dressed up with strings here and there) to put his message across. What If We may be a tad sweet in spots but ultimately redeems itself through its solid craft and empathetic perspective. Heath’s kind of sensitivity feels right.

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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
    July 21, 1978

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