Many people will recognize Guy Penrod as a former member of the Gaither Vocal Band. Now he offers his solo debut, Breathe Deep, with 13 country songs about faith and family.
"Breathe Deep touches on how fast our kids grow up, how soon our parents grow old, and how precious those moments in between are," Penrod says. "I believe country is one of the best genres of music from which to tell the American story; songs can literally become modern-day parables on how to live life. In fact, there's a lot of 'gospel' on the 13 songs we recorded—not my answers, but God's way wrapped in everyday language with a country feel."
"Pray About Everything" is a peppy reminder from "Mama" to do just that and not worry when life is challenging. "Are You the One" addresses the fact that children are going to be influenced by someone, and asks parents if they will be the one to be there for their children. "Every Saint" shares examples of how Jesus changes lives and reminds us that "every saint has a past and every sinner has a future." The title track encourages us to take time out of our busyness to simply treasure those special people and moments in our lives.
Country music is best at addressing real-life issues. Penrod does that but also offers a sense of joy and encouragement not always found in this genre.
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