“Hear Me” by Kyle Sherman
I’m generally not a fan of Country music. In fact, I’m pretty much entirely unfamiliar with any Christian country artists, aside from a few big names like Amy Grant and Vince Gill, so I wasn’t sure what to expect from “Hear Me”, the debut album from Kyle Sherman.
What I got was a worship album, through and through. For any fans of Country music, looking for worship music that they can enjoy within that genre, this is the album for you.
One of the things that irks me about a lot of modern country music is the twang that many artists sing with, and this isn’t something that Kyle Sherman does, so despite the slide guitar and other intrinsically Country music sounds, I was able to appreciate the songs musically and spiritually.
“All Things New (Hallelujah)”, is one of the album’s highlights, with an anthemic chorus and a singable melody, I can imagine this one doing well on Christian radio.
One of the most fun tracks on the album is the gospel infused “Build It On The Rock”, its fun and simple song I can imagine being sung in church, or even a Sunday school class.
Even while largely keeping within the country music genre, “Hear Me” varies stylistically from song to song: “New Life” sounds very much like it could be an old hymn, the title track is reminiscent of Chris Tomlin, “Healing Coming Down” made me think of a Steven Curtis Chapman ballad, “He Prayed For Me” has some fun Alabama style harmonies, and “The Greatest Tear” sounds more like something you might hear on pop radio.
“Hear Me” isn’t anything we haven’t heard before in the genre of worship music, but it is scripturally based and there is passion behind each song. It is a decent first foray into the music industry. Kyle Sherman is clearly a talented artist, with a great future in Country gospel music, I hope he continues to stretch the boundaries of his music and grow as songwriter.