Rating: 3 stars
Producer: Bill Traylor
Label: Manor House Music
Song titles: On With The Praise; Discover The Wonder; O Lord I Need You; I Didn’t Buy It; God Says There’s Plenty; Through The Eyes of Faith; Forever And For Always; Inside The Gate; Answer In, “I Am”; Here A Little There A Little; Sound of Freedom
The Mark Dubbeld Family is a relatively new group that was formed a couple years ago. The father, Mark, is no stranger to the Southern Gospel scene; he sang tenor with the Celebration Quartet, a group that has ties to both the Collingsworth Family (Kim Collingsworth played piano) and Liberty Quartet (Liberty baritone Jordan Cragun’s father, Ray, sang bass). This CD marks the family group’s second effort, and is released on The Mansion Entertainment’s Manor House Music label.
As with the group’s first CD, Living Oasis, the songs are written by members of the group. Several of the tracks show that songwriting is a talent that benefits the group well. Personal favorites include “Through The Eyes of Faith,” a ballad in the same vein as the Gaither Vocal Band/EHSS song, “Dream On,” and “Inside The Gate,” a song that showcases Mark Dubbeld’s vocals in a way that bespeaks his years in the SG field. Another standout track was found in “Answer In, ‘I Am’” features son Vincent, whose vocals were mature enough for his age that I sat up and took notice.
I came away from listening to this CD with the opinion that the Mark Dubbeld Family has great potential as a group in both their vocals and songwriting. On songs like the ones specifically mentioned earlier, as well as most of the country-styled tracks like “I Didn’t Buy It,” the vocalist’s voices come together and blend well. On the other tracks, however, the timbre of each individual voice seems to clash with the others, making it sound as if each singer is trying to sing their own solo at the same time. Thankfully, the majority of the songs speak to the fact that the family has learned the lesson of “getting out of each other’s way,” so to speak, in their vocals, and the blend is much better on those tracks. Things like that let the listener know that the group is continually working on their craft and honing their sound.
I hadn’t heard the group’s other material before now, but if The Mark Dubbeld Family continues in the same vein as what is found on this project, their future in Southern Gospel music is bright. On With The Praise receives 3 stars.