Growing Up in the Lord

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AllMusic Review by Diana Moes VandeHoef

Growing Up in the Lord is very similar in style to the album Sweet Fellowship, which was released in 1987. The only significant difference is the debut appearance of the Acappella Children's Choir. The eight-member children's group, featuring two of Keith Lancaster's four children, sings background vocals in "Do You Love the Lord" and a few solo lines in "Water From the Well." The effect is cute and the sound of children's voices makes "Piper Song" more heart-rending. This song was written for a dying child named Piper Northern. She was in desperate need of a life-saving liver transplant, but her family could not afford the surgery. "Piper Song" is a plea for financial help. Another popular track on this album is "La Song," which became a huge concert favorite. Although it is the only song to become so popular, the entire Growing Up in the Lord album is worth every penny spent.

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