Designed to Shine
CHIP RICHTER 'Designed To Shine' by Mike Rimmer/ Crossrhythms Magazine London,UK Not strictly a children's album this is designed for a family setting with warm songs that minister both to parents and children. Chip bridges that gap by taking in songs that cover the joy of prayer (Sweet Time) the love of God (It's Your Love), family relationships (Come On Home, Father's son) and there are also more basharound songs that kids will love to sing (1234, Ice Cream) and some things that are just simply fun (Branching Out). Taking a folky style, these are songs that I can imagine being sung on long car journeys with the whole family joining in. It's a million miles better than some of the cheesy pap that masquerades as kids' music! Designed to Shine Chip Richter by Teresa Lockhart/ Parent Paper Manchester, TN Here's another little treasure that you won't find in the music section of your favorite department store-or your favorite Christian store either, for that matter. This one's only available via the Internet and live performances. However, it might be worth your effort to check out the website if you're interested in finding music that's suitable for family members of all ages. Chip Richter's music has been compared to James Taylor and Phil Keaggy and indeed offers a tranquil, folk appeal that is soothing to the soul. Children will enjoy the whimsical songs, such as the title cut, 'Designed to Shine', as well as 'Ice Cream' (I Scream) and '1234'. Adults may find themselves humming along to the melodic 'Sweet Time' and 'Come On Home'. Everyone will want to sing along to the familiar camp song 'I've Got a River of Life'. 'Designed to Shine' Review by Jamie Goode, Worldnet Music Review Twickenham, West London, UK 'Chip is an Ohio-based singer-songwriter-a sort of Christian Don McLean-and this, his second release is what he describes as a 'family album'. The songs are mainly acoustic guitar-led ballads, and are strong: some are obviously for kids, but there is a real balance between jokey and more serious numbers and there is a fusion of musical styles. The musicianship and Chip's voice are both first-rate. As he says on the accompanying promotional material, he '... really wanted this to be something that kids might listen to on one of those long car trips to Grandma's house and not drive mom and dad bonkers after just a few songs'. He succeeds by a long way: this one comes thoroughly recommended.'