If the cover hasn’t already given it away, this is a quartet album from a soloist, namely, me. This is my tongue-in-cheek answer to the question I am asked at least once a week — what style of music do I sing. Difficult to answer, considering that many Christians seem to only possess two boxes in which to place spiritual music: Southern Gospel or Contemporary. Were I to answer Southern Gospel, you might well assume the following: (1) I only sing songs that are at least 40 years old or written by Bill Gaither, (2) I only sing songs that have a predictable rhyme scheme, and (3) I only sing songs keyed at least a full step out of my vocal range. Were I to answer Contemporary, you might well assume the following: (1) I can’t afford jeans large enough, (2) I sing slow songs averaging 8 minutes long, and (3) The songs I sing will contain a minimum of 9 choruses, and certainly will not pass without mentioning some sort of destructive natural phenomenon, (hurricane, flood, fire, etc).
I refuse to pigeonhole Christian music in this manner. Each different style has its own strength, whether it be the joy of convention music, the firm doctrinal foundation of hymnody, or the call to worship within contemporary music. My intention is to take these different strengths and use them to be a litmus test for true conversion. Are you persevering in spite of temptations to waver? Is the sinful state of the world a grievous thing to you? Do you long for the coming of the Lord and the establishment of righteousness? Do you have a living and active faith? Are you trending toward Christ-likeness? Does the daily view of the cross draw you inextricably to your Lord?
This album is aptly called a casserole — you will never quite know what went into it, and sometimes you don’t know what to call it. The recipe included years of planning, a month in the studio, and fifteen songs with four parts, all sung by me. I’m gonna go take a nap. Wake me when you finish listening and lemme know what you think, ok?
Hold On Brother - 1 Peter 2:11-12, James 4:4-10, Matthew 6:19-21
Trouble - Romans 2:9-16, Matthew 10:26-31, Romans 7:7-24
Screendoor - Hebrews 6:7-12, James 2:14-26, Hebrews 11
It’s Just Like Heaven - 1 John 1:5-9, Ephesians 5:15-21, Psalms 34:11-18
I Am Free - Romans 8:1-4, Hebrews 8
When I Got Saved - 2 Corinthians 4:4-6, Nehemiah 1:4-7, Colossians 2:13-15
Keep In The Middle Of The Road - Proverbs 4:20-27, Joshua 1:7-9, 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, Hebrews 12:1-3
I Want To Get Closer - Hebrews 10:19-25, Psalm 73:23-28, Psalm 84
Heaven Now Is Waiting - 2 Corinthians 5:1-10, John 14:1-3, Luke 6:20-26, Luke 16:19-31
Traveling Shoes - Matthew 7:21-27, Luke 12:13-21, 2 Peter 1:3-11, Luke 13:1-5
City Of Doom - Revelation 17:1-6, Revelation 18, Isaiah 21:8-10, Jeremiah 51:41-45
The Reckoning - Isaiah 10:1-4, Acts 17:30-31, Romans 8:18-24
The Look - Luke 22:54-62, 2 Corinthians 5:20-21, John 10:7-18
I Don’t Wanna Live No More Without Jesus - Galatians 6:9-10, 1 Peter 4:3-5, Ephesians 2:1-10, Isaiah 40:28-31
Recorded and produced by Tommy Cooper Tracks recorded at Watershed Recording Studio, Nashville Engineers: Tommy Cooper, Joshua Keith Vocals recorded at AFAB Studio, Nashville Mixed at AFAB Studio, Nashville Mastering - Keith Compton, Nashville Graphics - McClearan Design Studios, Nashville Photography - Danny Shepard - Video Magic Productions, Tyler, TX Replication - TCA (Tape Corporation of America)
Piano/Organ/Dolceola/Keyboards/Accordions/Penny Whistle: Jeff Taylor Drums/Percussion: John Hammond Electric Bass/Upright Bass: Craig Nelson Electric Guitars/Bouzouki/Ukulele: Dave Cleveland Acoustic Guitar/Banjo/Fiddle/Dobro/Mandolin/Banjo: Wanda Vick Harmonica: Buddy Greene Trumpet: Mike Haynes Trombone: Roy Agee Tuba: G. R. Davis Saxes/Clarinet: Sam Levine Skip Cleavinger: Pipes “City Of Doom” and “The Look” Arrangement and Orchestrations: Larry Hall Piano on “The Look”: Martha Pike Horn Arrangements on “Hold On Brother,” I Want To Get Closer,” and “I Don’t Wanna Live No More Without Jesus”: Roy Agee Special Guest Pianist on “Hold On Brother” and “It’s Just Like Heaven”: Gordon Mote “Keep In The Middle Of The Road” Arrangement: Larry Hall “Screendoor” Arrangement: Reggie Smith “Traveling Shoes” Arrangement” Tommy Cooper