Then Sings My Soul (2 CDs)

Then Sings My Soul (2 CDs)

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With a track record of seven Grammy Awards, 40 #1 hits and four Academy of Country Music Awards, you’re allowed to test the waters of new music genres. For Ronnie Milsap, he explored his gospel roots in this uplifting album with 24 brand new recordings of popular gospel songs. His positive spirit and beautiful talent makes for a smooth transition from country music to classic hymns.

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3 Responses to Then Sings My Soul (2 CDs)

  • Valerie J. Cunningham "Valerie" says:
    14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Beautiful, March 13, 2009
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    Valerie J. Cunningham “Valerie” (Columbia, MD) –
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    Ronnie Milsap is 66 years old now, but he has been blessed with a voice that is stronger and clearer than ever. You may think to yourself, Oh, I’ve already heard enough versions of “Amazing Grace” or “How Great Thou Art,” or the other familiar favorites on this collection…but you would be doing yourself a disservice. Ronnie Milsap has a way of making old sound new. He puts a calypso spin on “Stand By Me,” and he slows down the usually up-tempo “I’ll Fly Away.”
    Milsap gives us some hand-clappin’, toe-tappin’, camp meeting style songs in “Soon And Very Soon,” “Up To Zion,” and “Swing Down Chariot.”
    Don’t miss this uplifting collection!

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  • Cory B. "Ronnie Milsap" says:
    15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    “Milsap Magic” Lives On in 2009, March 12, 2009
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    This review is from: Then Sings My Soul (2 CDs) (Audio CD)

    With six grammy awards, over 25 million records sold, and a staggering FORTY number one hits in a career that stretches back to the 1960’s, the legendary Ronnie Lee Milsap remains one of the most underappreciated artists in America today, still waiting for his long overdue induction to the Country Music Hall of Fame while younger stars who found success long after Milsap have already recieved that honor. This is perhaps par for the course in a modern mainstream music scene where substance, originality, artistry, and talent take a backseat to youth, sex appeal, gimmicks, and cloning the sound and style of every manufactured star in the top 40. In a new era where music executives and record labels care more about selling CD’s and making money than promoting true musical talent, there is little attention or appreciation given to the great Mr. Milsap by today’s media and radio programmers.

    Born in the Smokey Mountains of North Carolina, Ronnie was born and raised on the hardcore country music of that region before absorbing the early rock n’ roll and R&B sounds he heard as a teenager in the 1950’s. All the while, Milsap was trained in the classical music of Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart as a child and had completely mastered the piano by the age of seven! By his early 20’s, the blind singer/pianist was an R&B artist on the Scepter label, working with legends like James Brown, Stevie Wonder, and Ray Charles while landing a top 5 hit on the R&B charts with “Never had it so Good” in 1965. In 1970, Milsap was a studio musician in Memphis, playing piano on several sessions for Elvis Presley including the classic hit “Kentucky Rain”. Indeed, few hitmakers from any genre of music can lay claim to the extensive musical background of Ronnie Milsap. The wide variety of musical influences in his early years would help shape Milsap into the most versatile and powerful vocalist country music has ever seen.

    Ronnie left Memphis for Nashville in 1973 and spent the next two decades as one of country music’s most successful and consistent hitmakers. Milsap brought country music into the modern era by incorporating pop, rock, and R&B influences into an impressive string of hits during the 1970’s and 80’s, several of which landed in the top 20 of the pop charts. By 1993, the glory years had unfortunately ended too soon. Milsap found himself kicked off country radio thanks to Nashville’s “young country” movement which saw nearly every country star from Milsap’s era suddenly tossed aside by record labels and radio programmers in an effort to promote a new young breed of George Strait clones who would appeal to teenaged fans too young to appreciate a talent of Milsap’s calibre. This trend sadly continues in Nashville today, as cookie-cutter barbie dolls and manufactured pretty boys with limited talent dominate the same airwaves that MASTERS like Ronnie Milsap once ruled.

    In 2006, Milsap signed with his former label RCA and released a new set of mainstream contemporary country that was beneath the standards of his classic work, but still proved that he could deliver today’s current country sounds with as much conviction as anybody on the charts. This album was immediately rejected by radio programmers of course, and the greatest singer in country music was hit with the sad reality of the situation facing American music today…….if you are a classically trained musician with the vocal range to sing country, R&B, blues, rock n’ roll, pop ballads, jazz, funk, disco, gospel, and probably every other genre of music on God’s earth, you are simply “TOO DAMN GOOD” to be allowed anywhere in the top 40 today!

    The 21st century is now upon us and the music business has made their stance loud and clear: There is simply no room for the awesome musical talent and stunning versatility of Ronnie Milsap in the cookie-cutter world of mainstream American music.

    Enter 2009, and the great Mr. Milsap is back with his first foray into gospel music that will likely fail to achieve any radio airplay, but will prove to everyone who hears it that “Milsap Magic” is still alive and well in the 21st century. Ronnie is at his best when he turns his attention to the music that’s in his heart instead of trying to please radio programmers with radio-friendly material like his last album tried to do. Produced by Ronnie and his long-time producer Rob Galbraith, “And Sings my Soul” is a two-CD set of 24 religious tunes presented in the familiar pop-country style of Milsap’s classic hits.

    From the opening track “I’ll Fly Away”, Milsap’s warm, rich, timeless voice comes flowing out of the speakers with the clarity and authority of a man 20 years younger. Just when you think that a singer in his 60’s is unable to summon the stunning vocal range of his prime years, Ronnie ends the well-known classic “Amazing Grace” with a soaring high note that is the highlight of the album and proves to anyone…

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  • Ann Morris "Annie" says:
    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A wonderful CD, May 23, 2009
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    Ann Morris “Annie” (Hastings,MI) –

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    This CD far exceeded my expectations, it has all those wonderful old hymns from my childhood. I like Ronnie Milsap, but there too I was not sure what to expect. He sang clearly and sincerely, I’ve played this CD everyday since I recieved it, love it.

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