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Hear Me [edit]
by Kyle Sherman | Genre: AC/Inspo | Release Date: October 09, 2012
 

After years of being a worship leader, Sherman was discovered by the Simpsonís while singing at his home church in Ft. Worth, TX. Three years later Sherman joined forces with veteran producer and country singer-songwriter Mark Collie (Martina McBride, Tim McGraw, Garth Brooks) resulting in a project that is an eclectic and authentic mix of rootsy, southern soul.

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01. Hear Me
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02. Come To Me
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03. Fountains
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04. He Prayed For Me
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05. All Things New (Hallelujah)
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06. Heaven
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07. Build It On The Rock
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08. One True Friend
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09. New Life
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10. You Are The Only One
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11. The Greatest Tear
12. Healing Coming Down
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Now Hear This | Posted October 14, 2012
Kyle Sherman is the flagship artist for brand new label RayLynn Records. A well-known worship leader for Lifechurch.TV out of Forth Worth, Tex. (the church of well known pastor/author Greg Craig Groeschel), Kyle admits that signing with a label, let alone recording an album, wasn't even on his radar.
 
Once an independent artist who came up dry on all attempts to get signed, he settled comfortably into his new-found role as a worship leader at his home church when two fellow Lifechurch.TV congregation members told them about their idea to start a record label and have him record an album. 
 
"I kind of chuckled, thinking it was a cool thought," he admits, "but I knew [they] were super busy and really didn't know what might happen from that initial exchange."
 
Sure enough, one year later, Kyle Sherman's first release, Hear Me, is now itself being heard by the public. 
 
The album starts off an a brutally honest note with the title track, "Hear Me," which is an open cry to God, needing for Him to hear us in the most painfully confusing moments in our lives. The edifying "Come To Me" lightens things up a bit after such a dark opener, and leads into "Fountains"--a song about waiting on God to act on our behalf, no matter how difficult it might be.
 
"He Prayed For Me" builds in the beginning, but slowly deflates as it hits the chorus, turning the song into something that you may not be expecting. The cheery Southern-infused worship song "All Things New (Hallelujah)" is the perfect song for congregational worship and will surely move the listener into a powerful time of praise.
 
"Heaven" speaks of the majesty of eternity, while Kyle successfully pulls off a traditional Southern Gospel style song in "Built It On The Rock." It certainly stands apart, but his vocals, as well as his lyrics, go together perfect with the melody. 
 
"One True Friend" presents itself like a modern day hymn, talking about the intimate friendship we have with Jesus, while "New Life" touches base yet again with the traditional Southern Gospel feel he manages to do so well. The bright and slightly pop-infused "You Are The Only One" stands as a firm-standing song of adoration to God. 
 
The most lyrically profound track on the album comes next with the darker folksy tune "The Greatest Tear," talking about what God must've felt when He watched Jesus dying on the cross: "God turned His back and He looked away / and I believe a tear rolled down His face / and He must've cried the greatest tears, the cry for love."
 
"Healing Come Down" talks about the pain we feel in all shapes in forms as we walk upon this earth, but how Jesus died that we may experience freedom from all hurts and walk in His healing. It's a beautiful and uplifting way to close the album.
 
Closing Thoughts:
Kyle Sherman's voice reminds me a lot of Bart Millard's (MercyMe), in that it's strong, noticeable and able to sing any style of music well. That being said, it's clear that Kyle is still trying to establish his own style as both a singer and a songwriter. The album switches directions a number of times and leaves you slightly confused as to what genre it is. 
 
Nevertheless, Hear Me is a solid freshman effort from one of the nation's prominent upcoming worship leaders. I look forward to seeing him mature as an artist, and settle on a style all his own.


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Kyle Sherman [Hear Me] | Posted October 06, 2012
Owners of the Texas Rangers, Bob and Janice Simpson unleash their latest venture RayLynn Records, a new Christian music label for emerging performers. On October 9, 2012, the label will unveil its first project Hear Me, from flagship artist Kyle Sherman. Music listeners have been introduced to Sherman through his new radio single, "Come to Me," which is continuing to impact AC Radio stations across the country. Additionally, the debut album features captivating anthems including "The Greatest Tear" and "All Things New (Hallelujah).” Sherman draws inspiration from heavy-hitters like David Crowder Band, Needtobreathe, and Eric Clapton while still taking on a style that is uniquely his own.

Lead single "Come To Me" connects to the biblical Truth found in Matthew 11:28: "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” God loves you so much. Lean on Him and He’ll give you strength. If you are a follower of Jesus, you can know for certain that God is singing these words over you: Come to Me, Come to Me, Leave your troubles at the cross…”  Amen! Many of us feel that we’re not worthy of being near God and that He’s using a checklist to determine our worthiness. That’s not the Gospel.  The Good News of the Gospel which this song perfectly portrays it is that God accepts us no matter what we’ve done.  As the song says, “No matter where you’ve been, Or what you’ve done, There is forgiveness if you’ll only come.” What a wonderful, encouraging truth.

The other standout songs are “Hear Me,” “All Things New (Hallelujah),” “Heaven” and the Easter-themed “The Greatest Tear." They all include more strong statements of faith. Within a culture where it’s easier to keep songs focused on the good and the joyful, Kyle discovered that recording his most honest songs – the Psalm-like “Hear Me,” for instance – was somewhat nerve-racking, but necessary. “It’s scary and vulnerable to say ‘I don’t understand You, God’ or ‘My life is messed up and nothing seems to be changing’ when expressing how we really feel about living out our faith. But it’s been proven over and over that the most relatable music is the most emotionally transparent. It’s been great to experience peoples’ walls breaking down through these songs.” The lyrics of “Heaven” come right from the best-selling book “Heaven Is For Real” by Todd Burpo. The messages of the songs really draw me in as Kyle proclaims in “Hear Me” that it’s okay to be honest with God. God wants us to be honest with Him and speak with our hearts to receive His daily mercies and grace. I like how these songs invite listeners into those Psalm-like questions and allow listeners to settle in for a worshipful journey, allowing the truth of the songs to soak in. I can really hear that Kyle is personally connected to the lyrics and he is consistently emoting the feelings and messages behind these songs with his warm singing style.


CLOSING THOUGHTS

All of these songs are unashamed of the Gospel and Kyle is the type of artist you’ll want to tell others about. The album could come with one of those “satisfaction guaranteed” recommendations as the themes appeal to anyone and musically their sound is extremely radio friendly, especially the standout songs, “Hear Me,” “Come To Me,” “All Things New (Hallelujah),” “Heaven” and “The Greatest Tear." After repeated listens, the songs get deeper into the recesses of your heart with the challenging messages. This is one of the most worshipful, challenging and introspective albums I’ve heard this year. Whether as an album to set the mood for reflection and worship or for personal times of devotion, I rate Hear Me by Kyle Sherman highly for fans of truth telling folk style singer-songwriters like Andrew Peterson, Bebo Norman and Jason Gray.



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