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So Much Love In Here
Posted May 17, 2018
By MarcusHathcock_NRT, Staff Reviewer


Mike Sonderegger started this group as a response to the divisive, name-calling, mean-spirited interactions that were happening surrounding the November 2016 election. Spurred by God to bring a message of love, unity and peace to the listening world through music, Sonderegger assembled some friends and colleagues to write, record and perform a new soundtrack of kindness.

What it Sounds Like:
Foot-stompin', four-on-the-floor, twangy Southern rock goodness carries these people-focused anthems. Pedal steel guitars, pianos, strings and honky tonk electric guitars are the perfect companion to Sonderegger's raspy, country-friendly voice. 

Spiritual/Lyrical Highlights:
Look, with this band, your themes are going to be pretty consistent throughout. These are songs about loving people where they're at because they're loved by God--regardless of their belief systems. "Let go and fall into the arms of love, 'cuz love is calling," resounds opener "Love Is Calling." The one exception is "Freedom," which focuses on how we're free from sin through Jesus--which fits really well, actually, because it puts all of us on equal ground. To realize we're forgiven gives us the strength and resolve to forgive others. "I'll Be Loving You" is a declaration of loving one's spouse, taking the theme out from the world and into the home. Title track "Love Your Neighbor" is a standout, with the chorus serving as the mission statement of this group: "We've got to love, love one another / We've got to love our sisters and brothers / We've got to love, we've got to love our neighbor! / Standing united we're in this together / We're undivided from now and forever."

Best Song on the Record:
"Love Your Neighbor"

For Fans Of:
Zach Williams, NEEDTOBREATHE, Chris Stapleton, Gavin DeGraw

Final Word:
This is a hyper-focused band with a multifaceted approach to communicating the message of love and unity. The Love Your Neighbor Project answers the question, "Who is my neighbor?" by answering emphatically that they're around the world and right in your home. With soulful, memorable, heart-wrenching ballads and uplifting anthems, Sonderegger and Co. have found a much-needed social mission with their music, fueled by the love of Jesus. It's a well-executed, completely sincere debut that stands to affect thousands. 

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