Sharlene Wells Hawkes

When All Will Believe

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When All Will Believe strikes a bold resemblance to the sounds of Amy Grant: firm Christian convictions set to an adult contemporary beat. Some songs bear a light rock feel while others boast a full choir and orchestral accompaniment. Each tune, however, links gospel messages with Hawkes' warm alto voice. The singer never brags of being trendy, particularly since the theme of her music is universal. The keyboards and saxophone lend a potent dose of '80s light rock. There are certain treasures on this album from Hawkes and several of her colleagues. On the first listen, the familiarly simple "In This Very Room" and Steve Siler's "I Don't Deserve Him" stand out for their sincerity. It is also difficult not to notice a duet with Kenneth Cope on "When He Comes Again" and the joyful chorus on "Rejoice!," a mark of respect to the choir that will usher in the Savior's earthly reign. "Home" stamps a sentimental period on the album's statement that everyone belongs with God in heaven. It was written for two friends who passed away in a relatively short time. The virtues of this album are deep assurances and welcoming melodies.

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