!Hero (album)

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!Hero
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Studio album by Various artists
Released September 2, 2003
Genre Christian rock
Length 107 minutes
Label ForeFront / Emd
Producer Pete Stewart
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
CCM Magazine B[1]
Christianity Today 2/5 stars[2]
Jesus Freak Hideout 4/5 stars[3]

!Hero is an album featuring the songs from the rock opera, !Hero. It is based on the question, "What if Jesus was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania?" The rock opera modernizes Jesus' last two years on earth and features a cast of many well-known Christian artists with Michael Tait, Rebecca St. James, and Mark Stuart as the three main characters: Hero (Jesus), Maggie (Mary Magdalene), and Petrov (Peter).

Track listing and performers[edit]

Disc one[edit]

  1. "This is How it Happened" – Paul Wright (Hunter) – 2:08
  2. "A Few Good Men" – Michael Tait (Hero), Mark Stuart (Petrov), and Michael Quinlan (Jude) – 5:09
  3. "Wedding Celebration" – Michael Tait (Hero), Nirva (Mama Mary), John Cooper (Rabbi Kai), John Grey (Preacher Rabbi), and GRITS (Wedding Party) – 4:32
  4. "Fire of Love" – Michael Tait (Hero) and John Cooper (Rabbi Kai) – 4:38
  5. "Lose My Life with You" – Michael Tait (Hero) and Nirva (Mama Mary) – 3:14
  6. "Man on a Mission" – Paul Wright (Hunter) – 1:14
  7. "Secrets of the Heart" – Rebecca St. James (Maggie) and Michael Tait (Hero) – 3:52
  8. "Stand Up and Walk" – Michael Tait (Hero), John Cooper (Rabbi Kai), and Matt Hammitt (Blind Cripple) – 4:24
  9. "Do What You Gotta Do" – John Cooper (Rabbi Kai) and Pete Stewart (Devlin) – 3:05
  10. "Take My Hand" – Michael Tait (Hero) – 1:48
  11. "Love's Declaration" – Michael Tait (Hero), Mark Stuart (Petrov), and Rebecca St. James (Maggie) – 3:17
  12. "Raised in Harlem"dagger – Michael Tait (Hero), T-Bone (Jairus), and Donnie Lewis (Jairus' Wife) – 4:21
  13. "They're Callin' Him Hero" – Paul Wright (Hunter) – 2:42
  14. "Manna From Heaven" – Michael Tait (Hero), Mark Stuart (Petrov), Rebecca St. James (Maggie), and Michael Quinlan (Jude) – 4:20
  15. "Hero" – Mark Stuart (Petrov), Rebecca St. James (Maggie), and Michael Quinlan (Jude) – 4:41

dagger"Raised in Harlem" was featured on Hip Hope Hits 2005, a compilation album on Gotee Records.

Disc two[edit]

  1. "Leave Here" – Michael Tait (Hero), Rebecca St. James (Maggie), Paul Wright (Hunter) and various (Street Urchins) – 5:19
  2. "Stand by You" – Paul Wright (Hunter) and Rebecca St. James (Maggie) – 2:47
  3. "Say the Word" – Paul Wright (Hunter) – 1:36
  4. "Intentions" – Michael Quinlan (Jude) – 3:20
  5. "Finally Home" – Mark Stuart (Petrov), Rebecca St. James (Maggie), and Michael Quinlan (Jude) – 3:37
  6. "Not in our House" – Michael Tait (Hero) and John Cooper (Rabbi Kai) – 2:09
  7. "Murder on Their Minds" – Paul Wright (Hunter) – 2:59
  8. "Party in the House Today" – Mark Stuart (Petrov) – 3:49
  9. "In Remembrance of Me" – Michael Tait (Hero) – 1:53
  10. "Shadowman" – Michael Quinlan (Jude) and Pete Stewart (Devlin) – 5:00
  11. "Hero's Agony" – Michael Tait (Hero) – 2:37
  12. "I Am" – Michael Tait (Hero) – 4:17
  13. "Kill the Hero" – Paul Wright (Hunter), John Cooper (Rabbi Kai), and Bob Farrell (Governor Pilate) – 6:00
  14. "Execute: 'Intentions (Reprise)', 'Hero (Reprise)', 'Lose My Life with You (Reprise)'" – Rebecca St. James (Maggie), Nirva (Mama Mary), Michael Quinlan (Jude), various (Urchin Mob, I.C.O.N. Thugs) – 3:58
  15. "He's Not Here" – Rebecca St. James (Maggie) and Nathan Lee (Janitor Angel) – 3:41
  16. "The Truth Comes Out" – Paul Wright (Hunter) – 1:47

Recording cast[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
City on a Hill: Sing Alleluia
GMA's Special Event Album of the Year
2004
Succeeded by
The Passion of the Christ: Songs

References[edit]

  1. ^ Well, Chris (October 2003). "Various: !Hero" (PDF). CCM Magazine. p. 61. Retrieved February 14, 2016.  "!Hero is inventive, rhythmic and should, no doubt, spark debate everywhere about the real Jesus.
  2. ^ "!Hero: The Rock Opera - Christian Music Today". Archived from the original on September 6, 2009. Retrieved February 15, 2016. 
  3. ^ "various artists, "!Hero: The Rock Opera" Review". Retrieved February 15, 2016.