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Brokenness Aside EP Vol 1 [edit]
by All Sons And Daughters | Genre: Praise & Worship | Release Date: July 12, 2011
 

Adopting the name All Sons & Daughters in reference to each other but more significantly the listeners who are vital to this active fellowship process, the duo first contributed to Integrity’s Know Hope Collective, a new worship endeavor led by former members of Audio Adrenaline. They then proceeded to record their own debut project, the six-song EP entitled Brokenness Aside.

David and Leslie entered the studio with producer Paul Mabury (Hillsong, Brooke Fraser, One Sonic Society) and a team of players whose credits include Mat Kearney, Chris Tomlin, and Third Day, setting one definitive ground rule in place: for Brokenness Aside to contain only real sounds performed by real people without any computerized tricks. Raised in Arkansas and the Appalachian Mountains of East Tennessee, these two southerners do exude an all-natural, no-frills honesty in their strikingly harmonious musical creations. So amidst tender melodies and chiming acoustic instruments, you will hear handclaps and foot stomps, heavy sighs and hearty hallelujahs—genuine souls singing with unflinching candor about the peaks and valleys of the Christian life.

Track Listing
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01. Alive
02. Let It Shine
03. All The Poor And Powerless
04. Brokenness Aside
05. I Am Set Free
06. Your Glory

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Pure and Simple Worship | Posted July 26, 2011
Comprised of David Leonard (former lead singer of Jackson Waters) and fellow Know Hope Collective member Leslie Jordan, the newly formed worship duo All Sons & Daughters brings a unique and fresh sound to the worship scene. 
 
I actually met David Leonard after a NEEDTOBREATHE concert more than a year ago, and he had told me worship was his passion. He wasn’t exactly sure how to put that into action--since Jackson Waters had disbanded and his stint with NEEDTOBREATHE was almost over--but he knew God had put that desire in his heart for a reason. Fast forward a few months later, and All Sons & Daughters was formed to bless the church with beautiful, honest worship. It appears God did have a plan and, as always, it was a good one.
 
“This is a call to all the dead and disappointed, the ones who feel like they are done; this is a word to all the ones that feel forgotten, that you are not.” These are the first lyrics to hit listener’s ears and as they do, it’s obvious this album’s sole purpose is to bring people into the presence of God. Proclaiming “We’re alive, alive, alive and we’re singing,” Leonard and Jordan’s harmonies combine to quietly, but fervently give praise where it’s due. Though only about two minutes long, this song is powerful.
 
“Let It Shine” should be the anthem of every church. With added energy, this song encourages listeners to allow God to reveal His glory through them, to “Come let it shine!” Jordan sings, “There are a million truths for every lie,” reminding that darkness doesn’t have a hold on us if we don't allow it. Near the end of the song, a choir even joins in, adding power to the truth being sung out: “This is the battle of our time now, we can’t afford not to cry out!”
 
Taking things down a notch, “All The Poor And Powerless” is the duo’s first single and one of my favorites. The beginning is organic and stripped down, giving the song a pure and honest feel. It allows the listener to focus on the words being sung and worship without distraction. Leonard and Jordan remind us that no matter who we are, one day when Jesus returns, “All will sing out hallelujah.” 
 
As the song progresses and swells, more instruments and voices are introduced, proclaiming together, “Shout it; go on and scream it from the mountain, go on and tell it to the masses, that He is God!” Then, ending as it began, the duo’s heartfelt praises gently ring out. 
 
The title track, “Brokenness Aside,” opens with Jordan asking God, “Will your grace run out if I let you down?” With captivating harmonies, the duo answers what they know to be true, “You are a savior and you take brokenness aside and make it beautiful.” The combination of piano, acoustic guitar, and occasional strings, create a peaceful ebb and flow throughout the album, adding complexity to the sound without overwhelm. The lyrics in this song, like all others on this EP are honest and genuine, coming from a place of true worship.
 
Once again, beautiful harmonies ring out in “I Am Set Free,” as the duo praises God for what He’s done in their lives. “It is for freedom that I am set free,” is a simple, yet complex lyric that reverberates throughout the song. When truly contemplated, lyrics like this are what make this album special. Pure and simple, each song carries a meaning and depth all its own. And it’s the added passion in the vocals of Leonard and Jordan that make the listener believe in what’s being sung and encouraged to make it their own truth.
 
Ending with “Your Glory,” praise overflows as the duo proclaims, “Glory glory hallelujah, Jesus You are good.” Simple and true, the theme of God’s worthiness of praise is woven throughout every song. These are songs meant for the church and can be sung during a worship service, small group Bble study, around a campfire, or alone in your bedroom. They can fit any environment and that’s the beauty of a good worship song. The lyrics and vocal arrangements are easy for people to sing along and follow, but at the same time, deep and meaningful.
 
Closing Thoughts:
Nothing about this album is over-produced or showy. This is worship in its purest form. The lyrics, music, and vocals are real and honest. Just as they sing, “The heartbeat of my life is to worship in your light,” it’s clear the worship duo known as “All Sons & Daughters” aim to do just that. Even though this EP only includes 5 songs, each has been carefully crafted to bring the listener into God’s holy presence. If this is what “All Sons & Daughters” can do in just 5 songs, I can’t wait to hear a full-length project. This kind of pure and simple worship is a refreshing step in the right direction.
 


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Very nice | Posted July 27, 2011
After receiving a free song off this album via Creation Fest this artist was brought to my attention. They have a very nice sound and I'd say the album is worth getting. Def. looking forward to hearing more from this artist in the future!


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Mellow Mushroom | Posted July 21, 2011

Before listening to their CD I listened to them talk about how "Sons and Daughters" came to be... (that's where the Mellow Mushroom title came from):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMX0BINANnw

After watching some of that, I listened to some of the songs on this album.  I like the "true" sound.  What I mean by that is being able to actually hear the tiny glitches in their voices, their breathing, the vulnerability in their voices as they sing... it's not edited, it's true.


I kind of liked this song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhEE_SkVAj0&feature=related

All in all, the album is good.



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All Sons and Daughters EP | Posted July 14, 2011
This EP is probably the best purchase that I have made from itunes.  The tranquil melodics and instrumentation make it seem as if the songs are being performed in front of you, and the lyrics are enough to inspire anyone or give hope to those who are lost.  "Brokeness aside" is absolutely beautiful (not that every other song on this EP isn't) and helps us to realize we're nothing but filthy sinners without Christ our savior, definetly worth the money, if you are looking for something to chill and reflect to in your quiet place!

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Good lyrics | Posted July 13, 2011
The lyrics of their songs are very good... but the sound just isn't my type. It is a bit slower than most of the music i listen to, just like someone else said below. But despite all of that I think this band should keep on striving to reach more souls out there. God bless them.

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Cool | Posted July 04, 2011
It's not my favorite, but it's pretty good and worth a listen. The music is a little slower then what I would prefer from most bands, but it has a style that is unique to them, which is great! I'd be interested to hear what they have to offer on their next album.


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:) | Posted July 01, 2011
 Sons and Daughters make pretty  good music. Their song 'Your Glory' reminds little bit United Pursuit's creation, but it's still good and i reallly enjoy this song.  Other songs are also good and enjoyable from this cd.  Much Love!

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Waterdeep Revisited | Posted May 07, 2011
Sons and Daughters reminds me of the simplity of waterdeep.  Their songs can appeal to the christian and non-christian alike.  The melodies are rich in texture and the harmonies add depth.  It shows that their craft has been developed in the church setting, what they need now is some time in the coffee houses and small venues to add life experiences to the songs.


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Unique | Posted May 05, 2011

This release was very refreshing and seemed unique to me compared to much of what I hear in CCM. The tracks usaually start off very simple and organic and often crescendo into fuller instrumentation as the song gets going. I think their voices go together well and I look forward to hearing more from them in the future. I enjoyed the Christ focused lyrics.



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Can't wait. | Posted May 03, 2011
I have been listening to a few previews of the upcoming album and I cannot wait for it to come out. This really seems like my kind of music. They have really good songs, and the music is pretty enjoybale to listen to.

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Sons and Daughters review | Posted May 02, 2011
I feel mean for saying this but I was not impressed.  Maybe it is just because it is not my style of music.  But is was to slow for me. It would put me to sleep or tire me out if I was to listen to it. Especiallly Alive. I thought a song with that title would have a more upbeat nature. Good luck to them though!


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