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Music Review: Gold Heart – My Sisters and Me

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Oh, the sweet fruit of a family with musical roots that is grounded in God’s word!

Gold Heart is a traditional bluegrass trio of sisters who have been playing together from a young age. With all three young women displaying bang on timing with their string instruments, and blending their sweet mid-range voices in three-point harmonies, their latest offering My Sisters and Me is a lovely tribute to the bonds of sisterhood, family, and faith.

Annalise Gold plays the mandolin, Jocelyn Gold the guitar, and Shelby Gold the fiddle, while all three switch off in the role of lead vocalist, and various harmony parts ranging through the baritone and tenor ranges. Not only do the siblings display excellent musicianship, and warm, heartfelt singing, but Jocelyn Gold is also a talented songwriter. Most of the songs on the disc flow from her pen – three-quarters to be precise. All of her offerings are solid, but some absolutely shine.

“Never Be Through With Lovin’ You” is a full-bodied love song of unending commitment that comes alive when Analise’ vocals are paired in harmony with Brandon Rickman’s baritone. “Heavenly Home” is the groups’ single acapella offering on the disc, and rings out with sweet, unsullied harmony in supplication to Jesus for guidance through this life. Not only does My Sisters and Me reflect a deep love and appreciation of family ties, but these same familial ties are evidenced in the family management of the group and by father Trent Gold’s performance on the bass in “Miles.”

The remaining quarter consists of covers of songs that contribute to develop the theme of hope for brighter days and sisterly love. Norah Struthers’ “Sister” is a perfect fit for the album, plucking the heartstrings of any woman with a sister, and providing vision for mothers of daughters.

“Chasing Lightning Bugs” by Ashby Frank is an ode to family dependability and of sweet memories of carefree childhood contrasted with the struggles of adult life. The song does sound somewhat more experienced than you’d expect from the youthful trio, with talk of “twenty years ago,” but they perform it well.

From the time Gold Heart’s toe-tapping tunes and all-female vocal harmony first reached my ears, I knew I wouldn’t be able to resist My Sisters and Me. I love hearing new artists entering into traditional musical genres with fresh material that springs from their life in Christ.

As a mother of three young girls, I must admit that I’m also sentimentally drawn to the composition of the group members and the albums theme. Sentimentality aside, there’s no arguing the high-energy, vibrant musical performances and earthy vocals the trio has compiled. I certainly recommend that fans of female, faith-based bluegrass indulge in the infectious rhythms of My Sisters and Me.

Track Listing:

1. Grin & Bear It

2. Sing a Little Louder
3. Amidst Life’s Storm
4. Chasing Lightning Bugs
5. Miles
6. Never Be Through With Lovin’ You
7. Things
8. Heavenly Home
9. Shining Down on Me
10. Sister
11. You Know How
12. Ride of Your Life

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