(27 May 2000) Tammy Trent, with her empassioned spirit for the Lord,
shares her fire for music in Set You Free (SPC/D 1732, 2000), her
first release on Sparrow Records (USA). Like many other secular
artists, Trent grew up around the Church. Following her mother
by travelling to churches, women's conferences, nursing homes,
and prisons, Trent learned that "Christian music was a very
powerful thing, full of hope and a huge source of strength."
This latest 9-track album was produced by Michael Linney but includes
two tracks produced by Mark Hammond. The album's executive
producer was Grant Cunningham. The music on the album is best
categorised as pop.
Seeing Amy Grant in concert gave Tammy an urge that pushed a dream
forward. "She was affecting my life so much, I thought it would
be awesome if I could inspire a little girl someday just like she
did me," Tammy recalls. From then on, she knew her dream was music.
Set You Free has not only upbeat tunes, but ballads too. Tammy
Trent sings under Gospel influence, but her music incorporates R&B and pop
as well. "My Irreplaceable," "I Do Believe," "If You Need Love," "Everybody
Move With It" and "He's Right There" are all upbeat songs but each has a
different musical influence. "He's Right There" brings out a strong
R&B influence. "Everybody Move WIth It" uses a pop influence with
rap vocals by DjMaj. These tunes really show that she is excited
to perform with her zest for life while spreading God's word.
Trent easily switches gears and channels that energy into a quiet
reverance with ballads like "Light of Love" and "Your Love Pursues."
"Light of Love" is a song about the importance about being a
reflection of the Lord. "That song is a prayer for me me that
speaks so true to my heart about simply being a reflection of God
in all I do," says Trent. On "Your Love Pursues," she addresses
the miracale of God's love and forgiveness and its awesome
magnitute. "How God's love pursues us is an amazing thing,"
"Without You" and "Trusting You" really bring out the Gospel influence
in Tammy Trent's music. She shows through an upbeat ballad that
she is true to Jesus and she needs direction in her life. "I see
myself growing closer to more of an image of Christ."
It's imperative to Tammy that she record only songs that speak
truth that she can both relate to herself and others. She takes
her responsibility as a conduit for God's love seriously and
hopes to continue growing and reaching more and more people
as she stretches as an artist in future years.
This latest album from Tammy Trent can be further explored
at her website or at Sparrow's
excellent website. You
can read further reviews, hear soundbites and order the album at
amazon.com (link will be provided) from June 20.
Certainly worthy of further exploration, the album is a nice listen!
—Deborah J. Elliot