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Kerrie Roberts [Kerrie Roberts]
Posted November 05, 2010
By KevinDavis_NRT, Staff Reviewer

At first glance, Kerrie Roberts is the unassuming girl with a huge voice. But once her voice captures you, it is clear there’s much more going on here. Dynamic yet intimate, uniquely emotive and soulful, her self-titled debut reveals the heart of an empathetic artist. These are the songs of a distinctly relational and prolific songwriter. “My father is a pastor, so my whole family has been shaped by the church,” says Kerrie. “From a young age, my parents always taught me to reach out to the broken and to those who need hope.” With her first performance at the age of 5, Kerrie grew up singing in church, playing piano and leading worship. She wrote her first songs in high school. The 10 songs on Kerrie Roberts reflect the redemptive seeds planted during those years and into her young adulthood. Thematically, the album explores a thoughtful side of faith, hope and love—the acknowledgment that an authentic life of faith isn’t void of suffering, the purpose amidst pain, the promise that a breakthrough is coming, and the motivating power of God’s love. Says Kerrie, “I want every song to leave people with a sense of purpose—a call to action, a realization of a truth, a promotion of hope and healing.”

This impressive debut album opens with hit single “No Matter What” which is one of my favorite songs of the year. The song, based on the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the book of Daniel, is totally inspiring and is a great reminder to have that type of faith and to allow God to use you…no matter what. The personal application for me is in the song “Before a heartache can ever touch my life, it has to go through Your hands.” God is saying when we face those fiery furnaces in our lives we need to rely on Him. “Take You Away” keeps the catchy musical style and Kerrie’s strong vocals going and I love the bridge sung from God’s perspective “I'm going to take you, Where the sun lights up your face, Where you can't remember yesterday, 'Till your heart has been replaced, I'm coming to take you away.” “Beautiful To Me” is another stand-out song to me and I love the passionate vocals and strong messages of the songs, especially “This Love Doesn’t Run” with the gorgeous and comforting chorus “And I'll never be alone, Cause this love doesn't run, No this love doesn't run.”

“Keep Breathing” is a great and very personal song. Kerrie says “It came out of the overwhelming feeling that every day I was living was only to get to me to a day when there would be relief. I would write in my journal “just keep breathing, some tomorrow there will be a break through.” The words were so close to me that it didn’t occur to me to write it in a song until I was having a conversation with a friend about it and he said, “you have to write this!” My desire is that the song is an encouragement to realize that as long as there is breath, there is hope, so don’t give up, you are not done yet.” “Unstoppable” is currently a featured theme song in the first TV promos for the 10th season of “American Idol.” It is yet another great song and if Kerrie was a contestant on this upcoming season, she would be “unstoppable.” She has completely captivated me with her great debut album.

I fully expect Kerrie to be nominated for Best New Artist. She has a strong vocal style similar to Natalie Grant. This is a nice reflective and powerful debut album. I feel like I’m eavesdropping on Kerrie’s prayer time during many of these songs and as I get caught up listening to Kerrie’s excellent vocals, I start praying along with her. My favorite albums all have that impact on me. This is one of my favorite albums of the year. The stand-out songs for me are “No Matter What,” “Take You Away,” “Beautiful To Me,” “This Love Doesn’t Run,” “Keep Breathing” and “Unstoppable.” I look forward to more from this up and coming star in Christian music. Her future is very bright indeed. If you like Natalie Grant, Francesca Battistelli and Nichole Nordeman, you need to get this album by Kerrie Roberts.

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