Twenty year-old Melissa Tawlks has been building up to the release of her first record since she was fourteen. While she did her share of public singing while growing up, it was when she joined the Acquire The Fire worship team that her calling came into focus--namely to lead young people in worship, and "...to be an influence on all aspects of life and culture."
Mystery Revealed is a pleasant debut, comprised mostly of vertically aimed tunes that stylistically resemble producer Peter Kipley's previous success, Heaven and Earth. Think Michelle Tumes meets Darlene Zschech and Nichole Nordeman, with a dash of Leigh Nash thrown in for good measure.
Several of the tracks are unbelievably catchy, especially "Closer" and "Save Me"--both of which strike a nice balance (production-wise) between less and more. Tawlks' voice is steady and soothing, making long-term listening a viable and appealing option.
The lyrics on the straight-up worship tunes are standard fare, helpful though not refreshingly colorful or original. The same is true for the more "artist driven" songs, including "Mystery Revealed" and "One Thing." If this young newcomer sticks around, hones her songwriting skills, and lets her life experience shape her musical expression, she will undoubtedly rise to the top.