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(26 February 2000) The debut adult contemporary album from piano-based
singer songwriter Ginny Owens is entitled Without Condition
(Rocketown/Epc (USA) EK63617, 1999). The compact disc is
enhanced with interview segments designed to play with Quicktime's
16-bit player—the CD will not play on your computer if this is not
installed properly. Owens lost her sight at the age of two
and overcame significant personal challenges to culminate currently
with five Dove award nominations and a standing ovation at the BMG
Music Showcase at the Sundance Film Festival. Her songs have also
been featured in Warner television's Felicity and Roswell.
Her full biography, soundbites and further information including artist
photographs are available at Ginny's
Without Condition is comprised of eleven tracks of varied
contemporary, vocally strong, styles penned by Ginny alone or with
co-writers Michael Puryear, Kyle Matthews or Dwight Liles. Lyrics
and themes are often secular in nature. "Be Thou My Vision," which
opens the album with Ginny's stunning—almost a capella—vocal
performance, is a well known traditional Irish hymn; Joanne Hogg
(Iona) also recorded it on her album Looking Into Light
The album's title track, "Someone Searching" and "If You Want Me To"
continue to develop the album's secular theme. Sensitive ballads sung
mainly over piano, the latter has a jazz edge while the first—with its
incredible vocal performance—was featured on WB hit series Felicity,
Roswell and Charmed.
A mid-tempo heartfelt ballad, "I Am Nothing" further develops the theme
with clear vocals and richer instrumentation. The varied texture of the
album's songs is refreshing.
"I Wanna Be Moved" and "Land Of The Gray"
have a more agressive vocal approach with thicker guitar and keyboard lines
and contribute significantly Ginny's balanced approach to contemporary music.
"Free" was the album's first single and it went straight to the top of
various Adult Conteporary charts. Here and in the up-tempo "Springs Of Life"
Ginny's vocal work is most reminscent of Andrea Corr
(concert review) and
the multitracked backing vocals add significant texture to the artist's
overall sound. The bluesy "Symbol Of A Lost Cause" with its harsher vocal
line and thick instrumentation shows yet another side of Ginny's talent.
The album closes with "Own Me," a lovely sensitive and heartfelt ballad sung
over acoustic piano.
You can order Ginny Owen's Without Condition album via amazon.com
here. With excellent support by the industry as evidenced by
numerous award nominations and critical acclaim, Ginny has a bright future.
Her music certainly should be explored further. Her stunning debut album
with its varying styles is certainly a must listen!