He Set My Life to Music

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He Set My Life to Music
Barbara Mandrell-He Set My Life to Music.jpg
Studio album by Barbara Mandrell
Released August 27, 1982
Recorded May 1982 (Nashville, TN)
Genre Gospel, Inspirational
Label MCA
Producer Tom Collins
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Professional ratings
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Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

He Set My Life to Music is the thirteenth studio album by American country artist, Barbara Mandrell. It was released in August 1982 on MCA Records and was produced by Tom Collins. The album was Mandrell's second studio album of the year and her first recording of Inspirational music.

Background and content[edit]

He Set My Life to Music as described by Bill Carpenter of Allmusic is a "A contemporary gospel album." The album contained ten tracks of mainly cover versions of a series of Gospel and Inspirational standards. It includes covers of songs such as "What a Friend We Have in Jesus", "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot", and Dottie Rambo's "I Will Glory in the Cross".[1] The album included four duets with mainly Gospel artists. "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" was recorded with B.J. Thomas, "I Turn to Him" with The Blackwood Brothers, "I Will Glory in the Cross" with Dottie Rambo, and "Through It All" with Andrae Crouch.[2]


The album was re-released many years later under the Universal Special Products. Carpenter gave the album three out of five stars.[1] He Set My Life to Music reached #59 on the Billboard Magazine Top Country Albums chart and did not spawn any singles. For her performance, Mandrell won the Grammy award for Best Inspirational Performance in 1983. The album also won Mandrell an award for "Album by a Secular Artist" at the 1983 Dove Awards.[3]

The album was released on an LP album, with five songs on each side of the record. The album was also released on compact disc in 1991.[2]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
  1. "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" – (Charles Converse, Joseph Scriven) 3:24
  2. "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot"/"Swing Chariot" – (Wallace Willis) 2:55
  3. "I Turn to Him" – (W.T. Davidson) 3:14
  4. "I Will Glory in the Cross" – (Dottie Rambo) 4:14
    • with Dottie Rambo
  5. "Through It All" – (Andrae Crouch) 3:31
    • with Andrae Crouch
Side two
  1. "He Set My Life to Music" – (Kye Fleming, Dennis Morgan) 4:36
  2. "He Grew the Tree" – (Chuck Lawrence) 3:56
  3. "Out of the Mouths of Babes" – 2:22
  4. "I'm Yours, Lord" – (Gary Chapman) 2:27
  5. "Then, Now, and Forever" – 5:50

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1982) Peak
U.S. Top Country Albums 59


  1. ^ a b c "He Set My Life to Music > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved 10 January 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "He Set My Life to Music by Barbara Mandrell". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 10 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "He Set My Life to Music > Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved 10 January 2010.