Brandon Heath won the last two Dove Awards for Male Vocalist of the Year with “Give Me Your Eyes,” and “I’m Not Who I Was,” but those tunes pale in comparison with what he offers on “Leaving Eden.”
The CD showcases his vocals more than his first two offerings, with Heath holding notes and expanding his range from the first song “Leaving Eden” to the last “As Long As I’m Here.” And his ability to intertwine daily life into compelling lyrics is evident in “It’s No Good to Be Alone” and “Might Just Save Your Life.”
And listeners are on to him.
The first release “Your Love,” hit No. 1 on the Billboard National Christian Audience chart last week. Heath once again teamed with Jason Ingram on writing the song — the two collaborated on 2009 Dove Award Song of the Year “Give Me Your Eyes.” And that is not the best song on the CD — my fave is “The Light In Me,” which hits you in the heart and encourages listeners to strive to be a light in this world. Heath’s vocals really shine, especially on the chorus. The song was the last written for the CD, with producer Dan Muckala hammering out the music and Heath crafting the lyrics. The song reveals Heath’s ability to meld Bible verses into today’s music — while “channeling Bon Jovi.” Yes, those are his words.
“I’m just a house on a hill, But you make me brighter, Than all the stars in the sky. … ‘Cause in your perfection, I’m just a reflection … I’ll catch like a fire, and I’ll hold you higher. ‘Cause you put the light in me. The spark. The shot to the heart.”
Another fave is the title track “Leaving Eden” that he wrote with Lee Thomas Miller. The song takes the listener on a journey through the headlines of today — People losing their homes to hurricanes, Old lady living next door forgot her own name — a route that takes us farther away from the land of Eden.
Heath’s vocals are only getting stronger with each new CD, and this one should earn the Nashville even more hardware for his trophy case as evidence by the success of the first single.