Canton Junction started somewhat spontaneously in preparation for special music at Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas. Their performance quickly became a hit and a must-see YouTube video.
Canton Junction's debut project is a self-titled, two-disc release. This is not your traditional quartet album. Song styles range from Southern gospel to praise and worship to traditional hymns.
Disc 1 Standouts:
- "I Wouldn't Take Nothing for my Journey Now" - This upbeat song was a great choice to start the project. The group shines on this country-flavored song.
- "Show Me Your Way" - Aaron Crabb steps up on this song, and to me it has a Crabb Family sound that he could have recorded with his siblings.
- "Heaven Is" - This song features Matthew Hagee. It's a great up tempo song that shows the blend of all four guys.
- "Go Tell It on the Mountain" - I love this song! It seems a little random to throw a song normally associated with Christmas into the mix, but it's a highlight of the project. They give a country twist that really shows the strength of the group.
- "Softly and Tenderly" - The classic hymn shows the softer side of the quartet. They take their time with this song and let the lyrics speak for themselves. With such a diverse project, I think it was a great choice to include this hymn.
- "The Inviting Christ" - Mark Lowry covered this song previously. It's not a song that is typical southern gospel, but I really enjoy their rendition of this song.
Disc 2 Standouts:
- "Sweeter As the Days Go By" - This is the live recording of their performance at Cornerstone Church. I think including this song as their live performance was a great decision. This is the song that really caught a lot of people's attention, and it's one of my favorites overall on the project.
- "Glorify" - Aaron Crabb wrote this song, which is more praise and worship style. While it deviates from the traditional southern gospel sound, I think it can help the group reach a broader audience than just southern gospel fans.
- "Dig a Little Deeper in God's Love" - This is one of favorites as well. This song really showcases their blend as a quartet.
- "Going Home" - Tim Duncan's bass vocals shine on this song. I really like the simplicity of the arrangement of this song with just the piano that really allows the quartet's vocals to come through.
- "Hold On" - Their rendition of this song is another highlight, and one that will appeal more to southern gospel fans than other songs.
While I enjoyed the variety that this project brings, I was not a huge fan of the secular songs on disc 2. However, the standout songs are more than enough to make this a worthy purchase. And where the group is strong, Canton Junction is really strong. I think there's a lot more potential for this quartet, and I can't wait to see what else is in store for them.
*Review copy provided