Acclaimed singer-songwriter Sarah Kelly returned to her roots in 2008 as a praise and worship leader and delivered Born To Worship, an 11-song collection of songs written and arranged by Sarah herself. The album contains the core of songs that Sarah took to churches around the world. Highlights include "Faithful Father," "Sit With You Awhile," and "Brand New Day." Produced by Mitch Dane (Jars Of Clay), this record is a beautiful and honest portrait of an artist at the heart of her identity.
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BORN TO ROCK| Posted September 24, 2008
Sarah Kelly's latest effort successfully combines familiar concepts with unexpected melodies, arrangements and production, while maintaining a consistent focus on Kelly's raw, emotive voice to produce an album that's energetic, uplifting and a worthy addition to anyone's rock collection.
From the start, Born to Worship treads a fine line between “just right” and “over the top” production but manages to keep everything in the realm of good musicianship and an accessible overall effect.
The star of this album, undeniably, is Kelly’s voice. She is clearly a singer who knows how to style her phrases, wrap her vocal chords around a melody and deliver an authentic performance every time. There isn’t a single track that doesn’t sound convincing and genuine. Add to that some cool surprises—a choir in the background, perhaps?—and this album is a clear step forward in this developing artist’s repertoire.
Kudos to Kelly for taking risks with production, instrumentation and electronic effects. While those same effects have the potential of diluting the message within the lyrics, in this instance, everything comes together in a complimentary way. Instead of serving as a distraction, every effect, counter melody and nuance seem to gel, leaving one clear message behind—this is a girl who is genuinely, passionately in love with God. Not only that, but she tries—and succeeds—in passing that love along to her listeners…all with a unique melody and beat that just won't quit. -- Caroline Lusk
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Surprise| Posted August 30, 2008
Sarah Kelly obviously surprised me with her new album. She has token worship music, blended it with some pop and yet keeping it simple. The album is really emotional and it's hard not to get into it even if you usually don't like to listen to worship music.
My favorite song is "Not Quite Home", but all the songs are good, there just isn't a song on the album you would want to skip.