Mockingbird (Derek Webb album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 26, 2005
RecordedSumner Studio, Nashville, TN
GenreSinger-songwriter, folk, contemporary Christian music
ProducerDerek Webb, Cason Cooley
Derek Webb chronology
I See Things Upside Down
One Zero (Acoustic)
Professional ratings
Review scores
CCM MagazineA[1]
Christian Broadcasting Network4.5/5 stars[2]
Christianity Today4.5/5 stars[3]
Cross Rhythms9/10 stars[4]
Indie Vision Musicunrated[5]
Jesus Freak Hideout4/5 stars[6]
New Release Tuesday4/5 stars[7]
Relevant8/10 stars[8]

Mockingbird (2005) is the third solo studio album from singer-songwriter Derek Webb.

Produced by Cason Cooley, the album touches on subjects such as politics, social justice, and war. Webb has stated that he tackled these subjects to stimulate discussion and engage people to bring about changes in what he sees as some of the greatest problems the world is facing today.[9] The Work of the People (a community of artists, storytellers, filmmakers, poets and theologians) created a music video for Webb's song A New Law which is available for viewing on their website.[10]

In order to broaden this discussion to people less inclined to purchase his album, beginning September 1, 2006, Webb offered Mockingbird for free on the website, where it was available for download until December 8, 2006.[11][12] Over 80,000 free copies of the album were downloaded during this time.[13]


When speaking about the inspiration behind Mockingbird, Webb says, "We have a history of not loving people well. We live in a country that was founded on genocide against Native Americans. We haven't loved well and a lot of people don't like Americans. We need to own up to some responsibility there, we need to look at why, and we need to let that inform how we're making decisions for the future." Concerning the political aspect of 'Mockingbird', he continued, "If you look, Jesus doesn't go straight down one party line. We try to fit him in our Western politics, but he wouldn't land on either side." Living in the middle is something Webb sees Jesus' model and to let go of our idea that "Christian" and "Republican" go hand in hand. "We, too, have to be willing to move in and out of political systems and parties if we're going to follow him." [14]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Guest musician(s)Length
1."Mockingbird"Derek WebbJordan Brooke Hamlin, David Henry4:15
2."A New Law"WebbHenry4:46
3."A King & A Kingdom"Webb 3:03
4."I Hate Everything (But You)"Sandra McCracken, WebbHamlin4:22
5."Rich Young Ruler"WebbMcCracken3:55
6."A Consistent Ethic of Human Life"WebbHamlin, Henry0:25
7."My Enemies Are Men Like Me[15]"Webb 5:16
8."Zeros & Ones"WebbHamlin, Henry3:51
9."In God We Trust"WebbHenry4:35
10."Please, Before I Go"WebbHamlin, Henry2:48
11."Love Is Not Against the Law"WebbHamlin, Henry3:10
Total length:40:26


Awards and Accolades[edit]

Mockingbird was named the #7 "Best Christian Album of 2006" by Christianity Today magazine.[17]


Chart (2006) Peak position
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[18] 42
US Christian Albums (Billboard)[19] 41


  1. ^ Argyrakis, Andy (January 1, 2006). "In Review: Derek Webb: Mockingbird (INO)" (PDF). CCM Magazine. Salem Publishing. p. 57. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 10, 2012. Retrieved December 21, 2013.
  2. ^ Jones, Jennifer E. (January 2006). "Album Reviews Archive". Christian Broadcasting Network. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  3. ^ Breimeier, Russ (December 1, 2005). "Mockingbird". Christianity Today. Archived from the original on September 7, 2009. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  4. ^ Hailstone, Jamie (June 21, 2006). "Review: Mockingbird - Derek Webb". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  5. ^ Pettersson, Eric (October 12, 2006). "Derek Webb - Mockingbird". Indie Vision Music. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  6. ^ Vander Loop, Jessica (December 23, 2005). "Derek Webb, "Mockingbird" Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  7. ^ Davis, Kevin (June 30, 2008). "Catchy 'message' songs". New Release Tuesday. Retrieved December 21, 2013.
  8. ^ Berry, Paul (January 26, 2006). "Derek Webb, 'Mockingbird' RELEVANT". Relevant Media. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  9. ^ "Derek Webb: Mockingbird" Archived September 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine (PDF). Press Release. 2005-10. The Media Collective. Retrieved 2006-11-06.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-08-19. Retrieved 2006-09-18.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ Underwood, Ryan (2006-09-14). "Can You Make Money Giving Away CDs?" Retrieved 2006-11-06.[dead link]
  12. ^ Boucher, Geoff (2006-10-10).,0,1519920.story?coll=cl-music "Pirating Songs of Praise." Retrieved 2006-11-06. Archived July 30, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ "‘FREE DEREK WEBB’ CAMPAIGN CLOSES WITH OVER 80,000 DOWNLOADS OF MOCKINGBIRD CD." Archived 2013-12-16 at the Wayback Machine Press Release. Retrieved 2006-12-31.
  14. ^
  15. ^ Includes a recorded excerpt from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech.
  16. ^ a b c Derek Webb, "Mockingbird" (liner notes), INO Records, 2005
  17. ^ "The Best Christian Albums of 2006". Christianity Today. January 1, 2007. Retrieved July 30, 2013.
  18. ^ "Derek Webb Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard.
  19. ^ "Derek Webb Chart History (Christian Albums)". Billboard.