Todd Agnew: From Grace to Glory

From his national debut in 2003, Agnew carved out a niche few were qualified to fill: As Biblically literate as Michael Card and Rich Mullins, (he’s finishing pastoral training at Dallas Theological Seminary), as impassioned for the plight of the poor and helpless as Keith Green, steeped in traditional hymnody as well as the songs of the contemporary church, and blessed with a glorious gravelly baritone. This collection joins favorites like “Our Great God,” “Isaiah 6,” and manifesto “My Jesus” to new selections. So, what’s new? A lot! In good Agnew tradition, a bluesy minor key recreation of staid hymn classic “His Eye is on the Sparrow” overflows with soulful Rhodes before exploding into a samba finale. Throw in some tracks from side projects (U2’s “When Loves Comes to Town,” Christmas song “This Is All I Have to Give”) and some alternate versions and demos, and you’ve got 16 tracks to revive interest in established fans and whet the appetite of newbies.

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