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CD Review: Jimmy Fortune – Hits and Hyms

Jimmy Fortune – Hits and Hyms

Elizabeth, Life’s Railway to Heaven, Danny Boy, More Than A Name On The Wall, Far Side Banks of Jordan, Precious Memories, Just A Closer Walk With Thee, Rock Of Ages, I Believe, How Great Thou Art, In The Sweet By And By, Too Much On My Heart, Amazing Grace, It Was God, Victory In Jesus

Jimmy Fortune is dressing the album “Hits and Hyms with heavy inspiration deeply rooted in the beauty of Truth and Light.  It contains gems we can treasure and apply in our everyday life.  He wrote “Elizabeth, More Than A Name On The Wall, Too Much On My Heart” and partnered with Gaither Music.  Nothing can replace the life-changing values we get from this album.  The songs are intended to enhance our relationship with the people around us and to our Creator, the One who Savds us.  He does it in a classic, gospel, country beat style, featuring laidback instrumentals with a waterfall flow rhythm that brings enlightenment and direction. 

The lonely echoes of the guitar and the fiddle in the track “Elizabeth” drowns with the singer’s vocals longing for the woman.  It’s spotlighting Jimmy Fortune’s wonderful memories with Elizabeth and detailing his fight with brokenness.  “Life’s Railway to Heaven” starts with the beautiful upbeat sound of the fiddle, banjo, guitar and the drums.  The country beat revitalizes your spirit.  It features a foot tapping beat that reminds me so much about Jacob’s dream about the ladder and the angels that goes up and down it.  “Far Side Banks of Jordan” is preparing to meet with the Maker.  It reflects Jimmy’s spiritual preparation, tuning his heart with God’s heart before crossing the other side, the unknown since the world has a dulling effect on people’s spiritual sensibilities.  The acapela intro in “Just A Closer Walk With Thee” is an echo of the choir in the movie “Sister Act”  The uplifting string riffs waxes a love that has no limits as vocals endears us to walk with Jesus and as we do so, it leads us to experience something we’ve never dreamed of.  We see brokenness turned into something beautiful, made whole and restored, healed.  We are fully aware that in this world there are temptations, trials that catch people by surprise and singing “Rock of Ages”  is the key to deliverance.  We are safe and secured in Jesus who strengthens and protects us from any form of harm or danger.  If you’re in form of temptations or trials, sing this song, it will help you to be steadfast and it will encourage you.  “Amazing Grace” describes the attitude that we ought to characterize as we relate to one another.  Expressing kindness, be others-centered instead of being self-centered, being sensitive to the feelings of others, having a forgiving heart and showing compassion to the people around us.  This track helps us build these qualities in our hearts so we will be blessed and our lives will be a blessing others around us.  Sometimes we grow weary in our journey especially when we face trials in life.  “Hits and Hymns” album is a music of refreshment, it will comfort you and rejuvenate your soul. 
 RECORD REVIEW BY STELLA TABELON – Music Journalist, Country Music News International 



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