Sharmane - Leap of Faith - Catholic CD Review

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sharmanecovermusicpageLeap of Faith is a big ‘leap’ forward for Sharmane. Emerging as a premier artist in Catholic music, Sharmane’s third project to date demonstrates the artistic growth and commitment to excellence that easily makes her able to compete with anyone in Contemporary Christian Music.

Sharmane is known for her energetic performances and the songs showcased on Leap of Faith bear that out. I can just imagine audiences standing and dancing to “Life is More” and “Stand Up.” Voices from the crowd would sing along with the on the infectious “No Matter What,” a hit single if I ever heard one.

Sharmane throws in a couple of older top ten cover tunes and puts a fresh new perspective on them, most especially Johnny Nash’s “I Can See Clearly Now.”

Production values are top notch as are Sharmane’s vocals. She shows a new confidence in her singing that really sets this project apart from her other CDs.

While the majority of songs are of the nature of “Life is More” and “Stand Up,” Sharmane also included a lovely and thoughtful song about grandmothers, mothers and daughters in “Generations.” This is a song she co-wrote with Alyson Bleistine. Out of the ten songs on the CD, she co-wrote six.

Anyone who still maintains that the quality of Catholic music cannot compete with CCM or the secular market needs to hear Leap of Faith. It and many of the releases from 2009 clearly demonstrate that Catholic artists are catching up and keeping pace.

You can purchase Leap of Faith from Sharmane’s website, www.sharmane.com.

Copyright 2009 Susan Bailey

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Susan Bailey is an writer, speaker and musician. She is the author of River of Grace Creative Passages Through Difficult Times, published by Ave Maria Press, and Louisa May Alcott: Illuminated by The Message, part of the Literary Portals to Prayer series published by ACTA Publications. Along with her own blogs Be As One and Louisa May Alcott is My Passion), Susan frequently contributes to CatholicMom.com and the Association of Catholic Women Bloggers. She has also contributed to Catholic.net and Catholic Online. Susan writes articles and a monthly column known as Be as One for the Diocese of Worcester newspaper, The Catholic Free Press. Bailey, who works as a marketing/advertising assistant for a local real estate firm, is an associate member of the Commission for Women of the Diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts, where previously she served as chair and secretary, helping to organize the biennial “Gather Us In” women’s conference, one of the first major Catholic women’s conferences in the country. As part of her duties she wrote the monthly column for The Catholic Free Press known as “Concerning Women” and appeared on CatholicTV’s “This is the Day” to promote the conference. A professional musician and graphic artist, Bailey released four CDs, performed on EWTN, CatholicTV and World Youth Day 2002, and worked as a cantor in her parish of St. Luke the Evangelist for fifteen years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education (with concentrations in US History and Music) from Bridgewater State University. She and her husband, Rich, have two grown children and live in North Grafton, Massachusetts. Susan invites you to join her email list where you will receive updates on exciting professional developments and speaking engagements. Email subscribers also receive special giveaways and previews of new projects. Susan loves a good conversation and looks forward to corresponding with you! Join here.

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