With a growing number of aspiring artists releasing debut albums into the praise and worship market each year, it takes something special to make listeners sit up and take notice. Nineteen-year-old Sarah Reeves has that something special in spades. Her debut album Sweet Sweet Sound – an EP consisting of seven relatively short tracks – cuts to the quick with clear vocals replete with longing and musical back-up featuring consistently strong piano parts through a selection of styles.
Born into a musically gifted family, daughter to a man respected in mainstream music, Reeves had determined at a young age to pursue a career in music. It wasn’t until a life-changing encounter with God at the age of fifteen that she shifted her focus to ministry. Immediately joining her church’s youth worship band she began leading young people into worship. As the bands reputation spread, she came to the attention of Sparrow Records who are releasing her first disc; I hope they realize the treasure that she is.
Opening with a heartfelt, lilting prayer in song to Jesus to use her words despite their human limitations, Reeves launches into a small grouping of carefully selected songs chosen from her collaborative song writing and recording sessions with noted writers and producers. What treasures they are. Each track is a sparkling gem lifted to the One who rescues, saves and anoints.
It may sound cliché and repetitive considering the name of the title track, but Reeves truly does deliver a “Sweet Sweet Sound.” Her youthful voice soars through an impressive range, alternately breathy and grounded while remaining polished and controlled.
“Fresh Anointing” and “Let Us Rise” deliver full-bodied tracks replete with solid guitar and rhythm lines. In these selections Reeves delivers straightforward, energetic performances that quickly lead to a rhythmic, heart-pounding eagerness to meet with God. Alternately calling out to Him for a fresh anointing and inspiring Christians to rise up, these songs should soon be making their way into congregational praise across the nation.
“Sweet Sweet Sound” reveals the true heartbeat of Reeves musical ministry, serving as an instrument of the Most High, to praise Him in song, to please Him. A stellar work, it drives deep with simple accompaniment, relying upon Reeves voice to reach deeply into the soul and high into the heavens. Ah, heartbreakingly beautiful – a phrase which applies to the entire EP, but most particularly to this track. After sampling this track online I was hooked, couldn’t wait for my disc to arrive, and Reeves hasn’t disappointed.
Lyrical, longing and filled with symphonic melodies, “Come Save” and “My Saviour” reveal personal cries to Jesus to rescue us from this failing world and our own iniquity. The mingling of pop sensibilities, rich orchestral swells and full-bodied communion with Jesus on these tracks have allowed me to enter into personal worship with Him into the most mundane circumstances. Swept away to the throne, intercession in song, Reeves takes me there while hanging laundry, doing dishes, comforting a child.
I have in past years listened solely to LPs, feeling I received more ‘bang for my buck’. However, I strongly encourage you to pick up Reeves' EP (it’s also happens to be incredibly affordable.) Her debut is not to be missed, I only wish she’d given us more! It’s my hope and prayer that we’ll be hearing great things from her in years to come. If this is only the beginning, I can only imagine what further he the deepening of her personal experience with the Lord will bring.
1. These Words of Mine
2. Fresh Anointing
4. Sweet Sweet Sound
5. Come Save
6. Let Us Rise
7. My Savior