With a clear, resonant voice and a real talent for songwriting, Tammy Simister Robinson makes a very strong showing with her self-published release The Color of Hope. Twelve tracks all testify of Christ in a range of styles from peppy CCM to soft hymns appropriate for sacrament, a touching children's song, and even a Christian rock piece. Robinson opens with the catchy "Her Garden," a peppy tribute to ancestors who pass on not only a love of gardening, but a love of Christ. The second track is the title song, "The Color of Hope," and the story behind the song is as touching as the soft rock ballad itself. Song collaborator Leslie Lloyd Larsen's young son gave a very insightful answer to a teacher's question. The teacher asked "What is the color of hope?" Her son replied: "Hope is the color of a candle just lit." Out of the mouth of a babe came the inspiration for a song that perfectly captures how the light of Christ feels inside the believer. The words are deep and so is the music Robinson wrote for it, set at a surprisingly upbeat yet oddly appropriate pace. Three songs are worthy of note because they won Robinson awards. They are "Living Water, Bread of Life," "May I Serve Thee," and "This I Know." She received the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Church Submission Award in 1999, 1998, and 1995, respectively. And it's not hard to see why. All three are strong hymns, with "This I Know" being intended specifically for children. The whole album is paced nicely and every song, truthfully, is well-produced and pleasing to the ear. An excellent choice for any CCM fan's collection.
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AllMusic Review by Dacia A. Blodgett-Williams
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