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Ryan Stevenson: ‘Fresh Start’ album review
4.0 Overall Score

Label:

Gotee

For Fans Of:

Mat Kearney, Shawn McDonald, TobyMac

We Like:

"All Yours"

Ryan Stevenson: ‘Fresh Start’ album review

Those in the know already regard Ryan Stevenson as a promising, hook-heavy singer-songwriter who broke big as cowriter of TobyMac’s “Speak Life.” Like many on the Gotee roster, Stevenson combines beat-driven acoustic pop, hip-hop and electronica to create a concoction that’s musically trendy and topically relevant. Chances are, listeners have already caught the lead single, “Not Forgotten,” a collaboration with Mac that’s an ideal summary of Stevenson’s sound. Yet it’s the solo “All Yours” that boasts commitment to spiritually enriching lyrics together with its dusty guitar grooves and call/response chorus echoing his commitment to Christ.  In fact, each of the ten tunes deliver when it comes to mouth-watering sounds and faith fortification, further positioning this relative newcomer as one of Christian music’s sure-to-be stars of tomorrow.

 

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About The Author

Andy Argyrakis
Contributing Editor

Andy Argyrakis is a Chicago-based entertainment writer/photographer who appears in the Chicago Tribune, Illinois Entertainer, Daily Journal, Concert Livewire, Hear/Say Magazine and Image Chicago (to name a few). Additional photo credits include Fuse TV, Live Nation, Nikon, Pollstar, Celebrity Access, Paste Magazine, MTV.com and Vibe.com. He’s also the author/narrator of "Access Matthews" (an audio CD tracing the career of Dave Matthews Band) and spends considerable time on tour, including outings with Arlo Guthrie, The Guess Who, Madina Lake (on Linkin Park’s Projekt Revolution) and Gospel Music Channel’s "Gospel Dream" (where he served as season one judge).