The Bottom Line
Heavy on the instrumentals, Grace may not appeal to all listeners, but for those who look for strong vocals, Michael Bolton alone (not to mention Selah and Ginny Owens) fills that gap.
- Ginny Owens, Michael Bolton and Selah make appearances
- The album may be a little too "easy listening" for some, but it's great for quiet time.
- Released April 2005
- 12 Tracks
- Style: Piano-based inspirational
Guide Review - Jim Brickman - 'Grace'
If I had to describe this release in a single word, it would have to be moving. Guest vocalist, Michael Bolton, brings a perfect sound to "Hear Me (Tears into Wine)" with his signature voice. "Be Thou Near to Me", featuring Selah, makes you feel as though God himself is right around the corner. Ginny Owens, who sings "Amazing Grace", sounds like an angel who is more than a little intimidated and in awe at the prospect of coming face to face with her Lord. As for Jim Brickman, he breathes new life into old favorites like "Holy, Holy, Holy," "How Great Thou Art" and "Joyful" with his ethereal piano presence.
While Grace may be a little too "easy listening/adult contemporary" for those listeners who like their music to bring them to their feet, it still has enough shining moments to deserve a listen. Think "quiet time" when your focus isn't on singing along, but on feeling and connecting instead.