Release Date:Spring 2013
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When I first trusted Christ at the age 16, one of the first Christian music artists I was introduced to was Bryan Duncan through his album Strong Medicine. I didn’t have any knowledge of the fact that he was one of the pioneers of “Jesus Music”, I just knew that I loved his voice and his songs spoke to me.
Bryan was one of the most successful artists on a Christian label throughout the 80’s and 90’s garnishing dove awards and Grammy nominations. But, as it always does, things change and it wasn’t any different for the Christian music industry. Throughout the beginning of the new millennium, the Christian music industry exploded and was filled with younger more “hip” acts. This had the unfortunate impact of pushing the more veteran musicians off the roster. Stalwart bands such as Petra, WhiteHeart, and yes Bryan Duncan, found themselves without a label.
Fortunately we have entered a new era in the music industry. One, where you don’t have to have a major record label pushing your album. This new era gives musicians the opportunity to market themselves how they want and as hard as they want.
All this to say that Bryan Duncan has a new album out and it is wonderful. Conversations marks Bryan’s first solo album in over 10 years. It is safe to say that he has not lost any of his “blue-eyed soul” that he is most well-known for. His ability to pen a great lyric has not faltered either.
One of the positives of being an “indy” artist, is that you don’t have to fit a certain mold. If you want to write a love song, then you have the freedom to do so. If you want to write a song that may express doubts or questions about faith and God, you can do that too. There isn’t that constant pressure to answer to record execs telling you what you can and cannot have on your album.
Mr. Duncan takes full advantage of this freedom and pens some wonderful love songs such as “You Make Me Love You”, and “Know It”. There are also some great tracks discussing the tender way that the Lord leads us on even when we have nothing left to give (“One Missing Piece”).
Fathers of boys will be able to relate to the song, “Every Father is a Son”. A touching song about looking at your own son as a son yourself. Seeing your son grow up and make mistakes, just like his father.
If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know I am not one of the best writers in the world. However, please do not let my lack of skills keep you from checking out this new album. In fact, for a limited time, you can listen to the entire album for free. Just follow this link.
Overall this is album ranks as one of the best of Bryan’s career. The world is blessed when he has the ability to make music and share it with us. I for one hope that this is not the last time we hear from a truly talented artist.
As we discussed earlier, there are advantages in this new age of social media to being an indy artist. However one thing has not changed. The phrase “It takes money..” still holds true. And to have a successful marketing of an album you have made yourself, takes lots and lots of money. If you would like to find out how you can help Bryan Duncan get the word out about this album, he has lots of great ideas on his website. Please visit this pageto find out more.