Amazing Grace Proclaimed at an Amazing Place Pasadena Tabernacle Songsters' Latest CD True to Message By James Curnow Over the past two-and-a-half decades, The Pasadena Tabernacle (Tab) Songsters of The Salvation Army have pushed the boundaries for Salvation Army songster brigades, in leading worship, performing style and recordings. Their unique style has led to successful tours of England, Australia, New Zealand, the Southern US and Canada. They have helped develop the "Wow!" factor into a new genre. The Tab Songster's latest CD, Amazing Grace, reflects a maturation of the "amazing" theme started with the group's last CD, Amazing Love. Just as Christians grow, understand the nature of God's amazing love and begin to see the work of amazing grace in our lives; this same maturation is evident in Amazing Grace. While listening to Amazing Grace, I waited for that "Wow!" moment to hit me. Sometime during "Heal the Wound," (beautifully arranged and orchestrated by Songster Leader, Martin Hunt), that expectation was forgotten, and I began to hear what was truly there: a mature message, a mature sound and a mature choice of music. There are many great moments in the CD. Shalini Henry-John continues to show depth and individuality as a soloist. Aleen Bradley's beautiful voice is clear and sweet in "He's Always Been Faithful"; (dedicated to her mother-Major Sheila Bradley-who was amazing grace personified before her promotion to glory.) Barbara Allen is always a blessing, and is joined by her son Jordan in "Your Grace Still Amazes Me." There is a wonderful, unforced quality about Amazing Grace. It's hard to put into words; maybe The Tab Songsters have simply arrived and are comfortable in the genre they helped create? The strength and simplicity of the CD design, the use of brass and rhythm players from the corps, orchestrations for two of the songs arranged by corps members, the maturity of the choral sound and the musicality of the soloists combined for an unexpected "Wow!" While the excitement and professional approach expected of the Tab songsters is all here, the group's signature style never overshadows the message. Nothing here feels "over-the-top" or calculated merely to excite...everything directs the listener to the Amazing Grace of God: that miracle of love beyond comprehension, and the grace of that love's residence in a believer's heart. God has blessed the Pasadena Tabernacle Corps with amazing talent. It's hard to believe that the Tab Songsters consistently produces such quality recordings. I work with music groups at very large churches in many denominations, and rarely do I come across one that could produce a CD like this. Those of us still awaiting the Tab Songsters' first major North American tour will be blessed. Amazing Grace is a great CD. Listen, enjoy and wait, until The Pasadena Tabernacle Songsters are able to visit a city near you. Those fortunate enough to be in New Zealand and Australia for the group's upcoming tour will get more than they expect from The Pasadena Tabernacle Songsters. The presentation will amaze, but Amazing Grace will surely result.