Monday, April 25, 2016

CD: ROSE ALEXANDER Riverina Girl

ROSE ALEXANDER
Riverina Girl
Riverina Girl - Here I Am - Murrumbridgee Dreaming - Lord, It's So Good -I've Been Set Free - Grandma's Love - Desert Song - The Answer To My Prayer - Across The Border - Then The Waters Came - Jesus Came And Touched Me - Here's My Life
 
I've had the pleasure of reviewing the musical works of Rose Alexander before.  She's quite an amazing woman.  All of the music she writes is incredibly pleasant to listen too.  Much of what she writes is also very gospel oriented, but from a different kind of approach.  She has a lovely and beautiful voice to listen to, and her road in music has been interesting to say the least.  She has a very sensitive heart devoted to abused and discriminated women of the world. She writes about this, but she doesn't have a dominating 'will,' she simply has a wonderful talent of writing words in songs that are incredibly meaningful, and she has a lovely voice to authenticate that. A great deal of her work deals with Project Hannah, a ministry of Trans World Radio which reaches the very women Rose sings about.  She is also very dedicated and busy with bringing Jesus to prisoners while they are 'inside' and when they are 'out' encouraging them to be transformed from the inside out.  Prisoners are people according to Rose, and these people have moved away from God, or in some cases never been near Him.  "With an increase in prison numbers, it is easy for us to dehumanize prisoners. The importance of recognizing that prisoners are people - fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, husbands, wives - people who are separated from their families or never had a family.  They are people who have made wrong choices - which any of us could make - and are punished according to the law, through a system of retributive justice."  You can hear this 'reaching hand' throughout Rose's writing, and it is enhanced when she sings the words she writes. I'm sure her life is full of unexpected curves and turns, but she stays true to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and in doing that she makes 'new' people from the 'old' and at the same time brings many souls to the feet of Jesus.  Rose makes her home in Queensland, Australia, and she has never wavered in reaching out to those in need, sometimes in strange circumstances.  I like her musical backing, a delightful mix of good musicians.  I especially like the Australian sounding accordion when it appears. She describes herself as a Country Gospel and Bush Ballad singer/songwriter.  Enough said, she's a woman of the earth.  Off this CD goes to the Rural Roots Music Commission.  I hope they hear what I hear when I listen to this marvelous woman.
RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART - President, NTCMA - www.ntcma.net
for Country Music News International
 
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