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A New Perspective Gives Bebo His Best Yet
Posted July 01, 2007
By KevinMcNeese_NRT, Staff Reviewer

Bebo has always been one of the most open and honest songwriters in Christian music. His albums capture the true place where he is at, and for the longest time, he was one " spokesman" away from becoming our industry's poster boy for the lost, single soul searching for their long lost mate. His recent marriage has brought new perspective on his world and it is has translated into songs like "Into The Day," "Bring Me To Life" and the stirring first single "I Will Left My Eyes."

"I wrote a lot in my earlier days from turmoil and loneliness," Bebo says. "A lot of that had to do with being single and living on the road without much of a home. The funny thing was that when this began to change and I entered into a season of my life where, for three or four years now, I've understood what peace is, that made me worry a bit too, because I didn't know how to write from peace. I'd never done that before."

One of the most striking changes on the new album is the inclusion of other musicians. In fact, an entire band showed up to help record the new songs. Instrumentalists on Between the Dreaming and the Coming True include: Adam Lester on guitar; Tony Lucido playing bass; Ken Lewis on drums; Gabe Scott on accordion; Shane Keister at the piano; among other extraordinary musicians. String arrangements were done by John Painter. Bebo, along with Painter, arranged horns on "I Know Now," with Painter playing French horn, trumpet and trombone on the song. Norman and Ingram took control of co-producing ten of the eleven tracks on the project, enlisting the talent of Glenn Rosenstein on "The Way We Mend," a song Norman wrote with Dave Barnes. The result is that choruses soar, drums thunder, and the piano lets loose drapes of brilliant texture bathing Norman's message with a more vivid light. The final outcome is one of Bebo's best albums to date.

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