Release Date: April 26, 2019
Carrying on their long ministry, The Inspirations have returned with Right Where He Is, a collection of gospel music that tells of the many places Christ can be found in everyday life.
Jesus shows Himself to us through life's great battles, in the middle of sorrows and trials, or through the kind smile of a stranger. All of these are stories The Inspirations tell on this album.
"Picking the right songs is one of the hardest things about being an artist. We literally go through hundreds of songs to get to the 10 or so that are on an album," saysArchie Watkins, The Inspirations' tenor vocalist. "We feel this album has the strongest lineup of songs we've had in a long time. Each one has a great message."
Right Where He Is starts with "He's Coming Again," a song about the Resurrection story that sets the scene of amazement at the power of Christ, and the joyful anticipation of His return. The album continues with a mix of tales about personal experiences with God and retellings of Bible stories illustrating His ability to see people through valleys and over mountains.
"Lord I Want To Be A Blessing" encourages people to share Christ's message through service, with a helping hand or friendly smile. "She Gets Another Prayer Through Again" is the story of a woman who overcomes the devil's best efforts to derail her life by talking to God like a friend.
A true quartet tune, "Wouldn't Change The End" features bass vocalist Marlin Shubert, and compares stages of life to the pages of a book, reminding us that at the end is heaven.
"That's Right Where He'll Be," the first single to radio and the song that inspired the album title, is upbeat and joyful. Nothing will stop God from helping those in need. "Where there's a life in need of changing, that's right where He'll be," say the lyrics, written by Rebecca Peck.
"There'll Never Be A Giant" is the David and Goliath story, reminding anything is possible with God. The album closes with "Judas Kissed The Door," written bySandy Knight, who's penned some of Southern Gospel's biggest hits. It's a cautionary tale of what can happen if you let the temptation of Earthly riches take over and you lose your chance at salvation.
With Biblically backed lyrics and traditional arrangements, The Inspirations stay true to the foundations of quartet music that have led to success for more than 50 years.Right Where He Is is cohesive from start to finish, delivering what fans of the group have come to expect.
"We want to thank all the writers who sent us so many wonderful songs," says Watkins. "We are very excited for everyone to hear this album."
About The Inspirations
The Inspirations first formed in 1964 in Bryson City, North Carolina and became full time in 1969 after hosting their first "Singing In The Smokies" event. With a number of hit songs through the 1970s, the group rose to national attention and joined the Gospel Singing Jubilee Television program. In January of 1970, they secured their first #1 song on the Singing News Chart, "Jesus Is Coming Soon," marking just the beginning of their chart-topping success. In November of 1973, The Inspirations held the #1 spot for 12 months with "Touring That City." It was followed with the success of "When I Wake Up To Sleep No More" in 1974 and "Jesus Is Mine" in 1976. In 2001, The Inspirations recorded their first album with Horizon Records, titled Pure Vintage. The album's first song, "I'll Not Turn My Back On Him Now," returned the group to the top of the Singing News chart after 26 years. It was followed with more #1 tracks with "I Have Not Forgotten" and "If You Only Knew." Today, The Inspirations are working on a new album to be released in 2019 with their current line-up, Archie Watkins, tenor; Eddie Deitz, baritone; Matt Dibler, lead; Marlin Shubert, bass; Roland Kesterson, bass guitar and vocals; and Luke Vaught, pianist.
- He's Coming Again
- There'll Never Be A Giant
- Lord I Want To Be A Blessings
- Wouldn't Change The End
- She Gets Another Prayer Through Again
- His Hand Reached Further Down
- Obey The Spirit Of The Lord
- That's Right Where He'll Be
- The End Of Time Is Near
- Judas Kissed The Door