Cristy Lane

Ask Me to Dance

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Cristy Lane enjoyed her biggest hit with the contemporary Christian song "One Day at a Time," a country chart-topper in 1980. At that stage she was -- and would continue to be for a few more years -- a country-pop artist who had recorded a number of cheating and divorce songs, but "One Day at a Time" paved the way for her transition into contemporary Christian music when her country hits dried up. Ask Me to Dance combines the sacred and secular sides of Lane's career since it contains "One Day at a Time" as well as the album's other hit, "Sweet Sexy Eyes," a song about a one-night stand. Lane's clear, well-enunciated vocal style and the slick pop production of her music make one wonder why her hits never crossed over to the pop charts. Her appealing blend of soft pop and the most innocuous, broadly-appealing variety of country would have made her a Lawrence Welk Show favorite like Lynn Anderson had she been on the scene in the late '60s. Ask Me to Dance has a little bit of everything: inspirational songs, pop ballads, an earnest performance of "Danny Boy," and a few catchy up-tempo songs such as the title track and "I Knew the Mason." Religious folks who bought Ask Me to Dance for "One Day at a Time" may have been surprised by the secular bent of the other songs, but it was Lane's most commercially successful album.

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