It's fitting that independent singer/songwriter and worship artist Jadon Lavik titled his 2012 album Roots Run Deep(er). The 10-track hymn-centric record not only serves as a follow-up to his successful 2008 release Roots Run Deep (BEC Recordings), but Lavik also returned to his historic roots by recording the new project in his native Oregon state.
"For this record, I wanted to get outside the usual network of musicians I've relied upon and do something completely different," explains Lavik, a church worship leader who lives in San Clemente, California, along with his wife, Stephanie, and children.
Produced by Dave Lubben (Kutless) and mixed by veteran engineer Craig Alvin, Roots Run Deep(er) features well-known classic hymns with a refreshingly organic, country-folk vibe. "We took a lot of liberty with arrangements and changed the melodies quite a bit," says Lavik. "It's a pretty artistic record."
Lavik has maintained a strong affinity for the standards of the faith since growing up in a traditional church and singing from a hymnal each week. "I still have a deep and abiding appreciation for the richness of the old hymns," he says.
Among the fresh renditions of familiar songs are "Fairest Lord Jesus," "Great Is Thy Faithfulness," "How Great Thou Art" and "It Is Well." Each track is bolstered by Lavik's clear, soulful vocals and sure-fingered guitar playing. "There's a lot of cool pedal-steel guitar featured throughout," Lavik says.
Of all the selections, "Doxology" stands apart as most distinctive. "It's a really fun remake," says Lavik. A catchy tempo and inventive refrain provide a spirited lilt to the song's already reverential timbre. Also noteworthy is beguiling track "Be Still My Soul," which was recorded under the stars in an open field. "It features only piano and vocals, but if you listen closely, you can hear the crackling of a campfire and the sounds of the Oregon night," he reveals.
Other songs like "Be Thou My Vision" and "It Is Well" resonate with a decidedly country bent. Forthright arrangements and earnest vocalizations capture the essence of these beloved hymns. Ultimately, everything comes together for a worshipful listening experience.
Jadon Lavik is an accomplished singer/songwriter with two Top 10 AC Hits ("What If" and "Come Thou Fount"), three #1's at Inspirational Radio ("Father", "What If", and "Come Thou Fount") three Dove Award nominations and an ASCAP songwriter award recipient.