CD Review: ANDREA ZONN - Rise

The Album “Rise” consists of 10 songs:
Another Side of Home – No Reason To Feel Good – Crazy If You Let It – I Can’t Talk About It Now – Let Them Go – Where The Water Meets The Sky = Rise – Another Swing Another Miss – You Make Me Whole – Ships

Andrea Zonn is extremely talented and puts her all in being a Recording Artist, Song Writer and Violinist.  She has completely different styles of music in this second album “Rise” and is very fluent with these musical genres.  It has a touch of folk, Celtic, jazz and country music in it and it works pretty well.  She also has a great ability to adapt her voice to sing brilliantly in any genre and get you emotionally attached to the songs.  The lyrics have moved me like no other.  Ms. Zonn wrote the songs herself in collaboration with some of the finer songwriters of all time like Peter Cooper, Kim Richey, Thom Jutz and Bill Lloyd.  They are encouraging and inspiring listeners to be hopeful.   Melodies are uplifting and beautiful.  These are the type of songs that put a smile on your face no matter how you feel.   The musicians played beautifully.  To hear her play the violin and to listen to country star Trace Adkins’ bass is a pleasure in music.  Andrea Zonn’s voice gives my ears a treat. 

 “Rise”, the title track is a moving and inspiring collection of songs and it’s deeply personal. Challenging moments get us down sometimes and making it through the hard times in life is not always as easy as clichés make it sound.  The sky gets dark, the wind picks up and fear sets in.  It tells about finding a safe place where you can face what you’re dealing with head-on, rise above the storms in life and keeping the faith intact.  The album “Rise” will take you on a journey through music.  Andrea sings, “I keep spinning with the seasons.  I keep singing ‘bout the good old days.  I don’t need any reason, don’t need no reason to feel good.”  It tells how her life is unfolding.  “Crazy If You Let It” tells about going through tough times and facing two choices, whether to shroud oneself or move forward with joy.  Life has its ups and downs and when the going gets tough, we need one another.  “I Can’t Talk About It Now” gives the wisdom of the importance of our presence and the way to love our family and friends through tough times.  Sitting with them, listening and not rushing them through their pain can really help.  Bottom line is to love them selflessly and support them unconditionally.  In the song “Rise”, Andrea continues to sing, “Child, don’t you worry, it’s out of your hands.  We all have trials we’re not meant to understand.  Still we rise, rise, rise.”  It’s so beautiful how Andrea Zonn puts her soul in her singing.  Her entire album has an amazing and inspiring message of having the faith in dealing and rising above the storms of life and living victoriously. She knows how to take you into an adventure with her music.  Andrea Zoon is supported by famous guests like James Taylor, Vince Gill, Keb’ Mo’, Mac McAnally and Trace Adkins in this album. Her music is indeed worthy of close attention. 
RECORD REVIEW BY STELLA TABELON – Music Journalist, Country Music News International 


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