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Engle, Priscilla - 1989 Ageless Love

ARTIST: Engle, Priscilla
ALBUM: Ageless Love
LABEL: Diadem
SERIAL: 7-90113-063-6
YEAR: 1989


LINEUP: Priscilla Engle - lead and backing vocals * Steve Millikan - keyboards, backing vocals, production * Paul Marino - backing vocals, lyrics * Tom Hemby, George Cocchini, Sandy Williams - guitars * Gary Lunn, Randy Melson - bass * Joe Hogue, Rollie Mains - keyboards * Dane Clark, Mark Hammond - drums * Mark Douthit - sax * Cozette Byrd, Shelley Harris, Beverly Darnall, Guy Penrod, Jimmie Lee Sloas, Kip Raines, Mark Ivey, Ray Boltz - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Ageless Love * 02 Nothing But Jesus * 03 He Is Still A Father * 04 Just Believe * 05 No Need * 06 He's Leading The Way * 07 There You Are * 08 River To The Throne * 09 Follow You * 10 Fire Of The Holy Spirit * 11 To Live Is Christ * 12 Don't Dance * 13 Kingdom Love

WEBLINKS: Official Website

The late 80's was a prime-time for the Christian Contemporary Music scene. Many releases came out during the decade overall, but seemed to go for high-end glossy production before the 80's crashed and burned. Female CCM was a particular category I kept an eye on, but funnily enough, I must'nt have done a good job because I missed out on the name Priscilla Engle. Sure, some artists were more popular and hogging the limelight, such as Amy Grant, Margaret Becker and Kim Hill, and though Engle's 1986 debut came out on the Californian label Frontline, she seemed to strike a chord in the traditional heartland of CCM; being Nashville. Which is where this album 'Ageless Love' is borne from. Lots of Nashville musos turn up on this one, some guests of note include Priscilla's former boss Ray Boltz, White Heart bassist Gary Lunn and RPM's Jimmy Lee Sloas. Good company indeed.

The Songs
Let's not beat around the bush here. 'Ageless Love' is totally and utterly devoted to the Lord. One look at the song-titles is enough to scare any non-believer away. Yes, when it gets this preachy, I tend to look for my nearest pair of Nikes and head for the door, but bear with me, it's not all that.. Engle has a great voice, the musicianship is easy on the ear, and if you can get past the message and lyrics, then there is hope for you after all. The opener 'Ageless Love' bounces around like kiddies at a Debbie Gibson concert, while 'Nothing But Jesus' is pretty decent musically. Priscilla's biggest hit is the tender ballad 'He Is Still A Father', but for me, 'Just Believe' is essential listening if you're an AOR fan. This one has it. Getting over that surprising shock, I'm hit in the chops with another beauty, 'No Need', a slow-burn mid-tempo effort. 'River To The Throne' is another to appeal, with it's pulsing synth work. 'Fire Of The Holy Spirit' is another bouncy tune, guaranteed to keep them jostling in the aisles; the album also containing three bonus tracks: 'To Live Is Christ', 'Don't Dance' and 'Kingdom Love'.

In Summary
Priscilla has actually released four albums; her last being 2005's 'New Direction', and despite no longer actively involved in the music scene as she once was, she is not totally lost to music, with the occasional engagement and songwriting activity. Now involved in social work, Engle is spreading her ministry to those that truly need help, so good on her for that.

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