Kevin Herrin

People from small towns are often overlooked; when looking for worship leaders and artists, we often gravitate toward big cities such as Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and New York.

Pastor Kevin Herrin comes from a small town; his church is in Texas City, Texas, and he has been singing and ministering for quite a while. With the release of Unbelievable, he enlists a sure-fire group of singers, musicians and sound engineers. Alvin Richardson serves as the producer for this live-recorded project. Singers Angela Wells, Shawni Richardson, Desirae Henry and New Breed member Shawn Flowers join with musicians Justin Savage (keys), Marvin McQuitty (drums), Josh Dunham and Javier Solis (percussion).

CD Herrin has a very soulful voice that goes well with his selection of material, which includes a few inspirational songs and some rock-tinged cuts. He also delivers some songs that will be sure to start services for churches such as "Blessings and Honor" which includes some congregational participational elements. The small ensemble approach works well for most of the project (but perhaps some additional vocalists would enhance "I Want To Praise You Jesus".)

Driving guitars by Akil Thompson, the raspy vocals of Herrin and the soaring backing vocals on "The One and Only" make it a gem —a song that would fit perfectly in Jonny Lang's catalog. This one takes an even better turn with its vamp, which states:

Can't you hear the sound?
The angels gather round
The voices cry holy
Heavens cry, "Holy"

Can't you hear it now?
A generation standing out
The angels shout "Holy"
Earth is crying, "Holy".

"I Need You" is a simple and heart-wrenching worship ballad. You envision people bowing down and even laying on their faces declaring this to God. Herrin adds some exhortation to bring it home.

The title track is beautiful, period!

Herrin's daughter, Jade, brings her lovely, yet still developing vocals to lead, "In Your Hands", sharing writing duties to make it a complete family affair.

Also check out the pop-influenced inspirational cut "How" and the moving "Somebody Somewhere".

Do not underestimate this wonderful and versatile project! Listen to it a few times and you will appreciate it all the more.

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Production: Various
album release date: June, 2010

— review by Dwayne Lacy

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