Slow Revival

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Slow Revival
Studio album by Bryan Duncan
Released 1994
Genre Gospel, CCM
Length 46:52
Label Myrrh
Producer Michael Omartian, Dan Posthuma
Bryan Duncan chronology
Mercy
(1992)
Slow Revival
(1994)
Quiet Prayers
(1996)

Slow Revival is the seventh album by contemporary Christian artist Bryan Duncan. Released on Myrrh Records in 1994, the album was nominated in the Best Contemporary Album category at the 26th GMA Dove Awards.

Background and release[edit]

Duncan said of the album's message: "(People) have to understand that even though they might not be where they would like to be in their spirituality, they should not be discouraged or give up." According to Duncan, the theme was something he was personally dealing with at the time of the album's recording, and that he found peace during the process.[1] Slow Revival, released in 1994, peaked at number five on the Billboard Top Contemporary Christian chart.[2] Three singles from the album - "Traces of Heaven", "Things Are Gonna Change", and "United We Stand" - reached number one on the Christian radio charts.[3] In a review of the album, Mike Joyce of The Washington Post wrote that Duncan's singing "is far more colorful on the funk tracks, particularly 'Wheels of a Good Thing,' but even here his evangelical fervor is tempered by his sharp pop instincts."[4] Slow Revival was nominated in the Best Contemporary Album category at the 26th GMA Dove Awards.[5]

Promotion[edit]

To support the album, Duncan embarked on the Slow Revival Tour with opening acts Rebecca St. James and Bob Carlisle. Concerts featured Duncan joining each artist on stage for a couple of songs during their respective sets. The three singers performed together for each show's finale.[3] In a review of the tour stop in Nashville, Deborah Evans Price of Billboard called it "a high-octane concert performance with a dash of late-night talk show zaniness." She noted that a NHK news crew filmed a segment of the show for a piece to air in Japan on the growing popularity at the time of contemporary Christian music.[6]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "A Heavenly Light" (Bryan Duncan, Randy Lee, LouAnn Lee) - 4:28
  2. "United We Stand" (Duncan, James Felix) - 4:13
  3. "Don't Look Away" (Duncan, Chuck Barth) - 4:32
  4. "Your Love, My Saving Grace"(Duncan, Reed Vertelney) - 5:17
  5. "Traces of Heaven" (Duncan, Michael Omartian) - 4:53
  6. "My House" (Duncan, Omartian) - 4:17
  7. "Lonely Tonight" (Duncan, Barth) - 4:33
  8. "Things Are Gonna Change" (Duncan, Vertelney) - 5:43
  9. "Wheels of a Good Thing" (Duncan, Omartian, Darrell Brown) - 3:35
  10. "Safe Harbor" (David Lasley, Lana Marrano, Dan Posthuma, Brown) - 5:08

Personnel[edit]

  • Vocals – Bryan Duncan
  • Keyboards and arrangements – Michael Omartian (1,2,5,6,9), Peter Wolf (4,7,8) and Robbie Buchanan (3,10)
  • Additional keyboards – Alan Pasqua and Randy Lee
  • Hammond B3 organ – Alan Pasqua
  • Guitars – Dann Huff and Gary Chapman
  • Bass – Cedric Lee, John Peano and Neil Stubenhaus
  • Drums and percussion – Curt Bisquera, Eric Darken, Steve Latination, John Robinson and Carlos Vega
  • Saxophones – David Lhebo
  • Trombone – Dennis Good
  • Backing vocals – David Pack, Darrell Brown, Lori Perry, Carol Perry, Sharon Perry, Shawn Murphy, Tony Gillis, Ann Bailey and Dan Posthuma
  • Guest vocals on "United We Stand" – Anointed (Steve Crawford, Da'dra Crawford, Mary Tiller and Nee-C Walls)
  • Strings – The Nashville String Machine
  • String arrangements – John Darnall
Production
  • Producer – Dan Posthuma
  • Executive Producer – Ray Ware
  • Rhythm tracks (5,6,9) co-produced by Michael Omartian
  • Recording engineer – Mike Mierau
  • Additional engineering – Terry Christian, Paul Ericksen, Dan Garcia, Bert Stevens, Ross Pallone, Bryan Davis, Anthony Thomas, Doug Bieden, Doug Sarrett, Aaron Swihart, S. Husky Hoskulds and Dennis "DJ" Johnson
  • Technical credit – Eric "Smpte" Slaughter
  • Mix engineer – Bill Schnee
  • Mastering – Bob Ludwig

Charts[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
position[2]
U.S. Billboard Top Contemporary Christian 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Christian artist Bryan Duncan will perform". The Register-Guard. March 25, 1995. p. 2F. 
  2. ^ a b "'Slow Revival' - Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved June 22, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Varsellone, Jim (March 25, 1995). "Bryan Duncan brings his Slow Revival Tour to Boca". Boca Raton News. p. 18E. 
  4. ^ Joyce, Mike (March 10, 1995). "Bryan Duncan's Passion Wavers" (subscription required). The Washington Post. Retrieved June 22, 2014. 
  5. ^ Evans Price, Deborah (February 25, 1995). "Steven Curtis Chapman Leads Dove Nominations". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.) 107 (8): 144. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved June 22, 2014. 
  6. ^ Evans Price, Deborah (April 1, 1995). "Gospel Lectern". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.) 107 (13): 40. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved June 22, 2014. 

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