Kerrie Roberts (album)


Kerrie Roberts is the debut album by American contemporary Christian musician, Kerrie Roberts.[2] The album was released on Reunion Records on August 24, 2010.[3] Kerrie Roberts peaked at No. 27 on Billboard's Christian Albums chart.[4] In addition, the following singles peaked on the Christian Songs chart.

Kerrie Roberts
Studio album by
Kerrie Roberts
ReleasedAugust 24, 2010
Recorded2010
GenreChristian pop
Length39:37[1]
LabelReunion
ProducerBrian Bannister, Chuck Butler, Rob Graves, Dan Muckala
Kerrie Roberts chronology
No Matter What EP
(2010)
Kerrie Roberts
(2010)
Time for the Show
(2013)

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic[1]
CCM Magazine[5]
Christian Broadcasting Network[6]
Christian Manifesto[7]
Christian Music ReviewB+[8]
Christian Music ZineB-[9]
Cross Rhythms[10]
Jesus Freak Hideout[11]
Louder Than the Music[12]
New Release Tuesday[13]

Allmusic's Jared Johnson called the album "a bright collection of soulful pop that reminds you of Natasha Bedingfield or Because of You-era Kelly Clarkson."[1] In addition, Johnson mentioned that "for relevant, middle of the road, faith-centered pop, you need look no further than this."[1]

CCM Magazine's Grace S. Aspinwall noted the album is "an impressive, soulful, ten-song debut, that hold its own against mainstream songstresses Kelly Clarkson, Jordin Sparks, and, just maybe, Christina Aguilera herself."[5] Cartwright vowed that "her rich soaring vocals are simply too unforgettable to fade into obscurity."[5] Cartwright specified that "lyrically, she is strong displaying a steady maturity in track like "Beautiful to Me" and "Love Comes Down."[5]

Christian Broadcasting Network's Bethany Duval was critical in saying the album "is a nice start for Roberts’ career, but she’ll have to get creative to make it last."[6] Duval recognized the similarities in her voice and Natalie Grant's.[6]

Christian Manifesto's Brian Hall alluded that "of the ten tracks, eight are straight up power ballads that remind me of Natalie Grant, Celine Dion and Leona Lewis."[7] Furthermore, Hall indicated that "with other Tour de Force pop albums from Charmiane and Natalie Grant already this year, it will be easy for Kerrie Roberts to get lost in the background. That would be a true injustice however. While I wasn’t completely 'wowed' by the album, I was still impressed and curious to see the direction that this talented vocalist will head in the future."[7] Hall noted that "if you like Selena Gomez, Leona Lewis, Cheryl Cole, Natalie Grant or Celine Dion, pick up this strong debut record."[7]

Christian Music Review's Laura Chambers surmised the album as being "fresh, inspiring, and uplifting. It promises that hope is more than a flicker, and love is only a prayer away. Snatch this one fast, ladies and gents, before it flies right out of your hands."[8]

Christian Music Zine's Tyler Hess highlighted "her silky smooth vocals that have dime a dozen blend between a Disney princess and a country music star that will usually work with the right song writing and proper backing."[9] Hess closed with "I’m not going to pretend for a second that there aren’t better albums out there in the genre, but there are certainly a lot worse as the musical backdrop is deep and beautiful, possibly more so than even a band like Tenth Avenue North, and it’s mixed with the great singing range of Roberts. The lyricism doesn’t particularly strike me as innovative or overly thought provoking, but sometimes a voice can carry far enough on it’s [sic] own. Toss in a bit more in the category of pop hooks and we might have ourselves a winner, but for now this is a solid start and will surely find fans among those entrenched in Francesca Battistelli or fans of American Idol."[9]

Cross Rhythms's Susanne Molina noted how the "songs combine an honest and sensitive, yet strong message with a pure and sophisticated quality of music that is truly uplifting."[10]

Jesus Freak Hideout's Matthew Watson was a little critical, when he said "although it does have a slow pace that can grow a little boring after a while, Kerrie Roberts is one of those albums that you can really start to appreciate."[11] Watson noted her "vocals are stellar, sometimes drifting into Natalie Grant territory, and the writing is superb as well, especially for a pop album."[11]

Louder Than the Music's Jono Davies alluded to the subject contained in the album are "God's love, His purpose amidst pain, and God's promises in every situation."[12] Davis indicated that the album is "written on a piano with lots of piano ballads".[12] Davies noted that "in Kerrie's press release she said 'I want every song to leave people with a sense of purpose a call to action, a realization of a truth, a promotion of hope and healing', this album does that in abundance."[12] Davies said the song "Outcast" is reminiscent of "Krystal Meyers' track "Make Some Noise"."[12]

New Release Tuesday's Kevin Davis acclaimed that "I fully expect Kerrie to be nominated for Best New Artist. She has a strong vocal style similar to Natalie Grant. This is a nice reflective and powerful debut album. I feel like [I'm] eavesdropping on [Kerrie's] prayer time during many of these songs and as I get caught up listening to [Kerrie's] excellent vocals, I start praying along with her. My favorite albums all have that impact on me. This is one of my favorite albums of the year."[13] Davis foreshadowed how he "look[s] forward to more from this up and coming star in Christian music. Her future is very bright indeed. If you like Natalie Grant, Francesca Battistelli and Nichole Nordeman, you need to get this album by Kerrie Roberts."[13]

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."No Matter What"Chuck Butler, Kerrie Roberts, Tony Wood3:48
2."Take You Away"Rob Graves, Roberts, Mike Seminari3:18
3."Beautiful to Me"Graves, Bernie Herms, Stephanie Lewis, Roberts4:20
4."This Love Doesn't Run"Graves, Roberts4:16
5."Keep Breathing"Roberts4:18
6."Unstoppable"Graves, Lewis, Roberts3:35
7."Outcast"Jeremy Bose, Jason McArthur, Cindy Morgan, Roberts2:51
8."Maybe I'm Afraid"Graves, Roberts4:22
9."Love Comes Down"Graves, McArthur, Roberts3:39
10."Savior to Me"Graves, McArthur, Jasen Rauch, Roberts5:10
Total length:39:37

Charts

Album

Chart (2010) Peak
position
US Billboard Heatseekers Albums 13[14]
Chart (2011) Peak
position
US Billboard Christian Albums 27[14]

Singles

Year Single Peak chart positions
US Christian
2010 "No Matter What"[15] 9
2011 "Take You Away"[16] 28
"Outcast"[17] 29

Music videos

References

  1. Johnson, Jared (August 24, 2010). "Kerrie Roberts". Allmusic. Retrieved February 20, 2012.
  2. Jesusfreakhideout.com: Kerrie Roberts Discography, Kerrie Roberts Lyrics, Kerrie Roberts Artist Database jesusfreakhideout.com. Retrieved April 25, 2011.
  3. Jesusfreakhideout.com: Kerrie Roberts, "Kerrie Roberts" Review jesusfreakhideout.com. Retrieved April 25, 2011.
  4. Kerrie Roberts - Kerrie Roberts | Billboard.com billboard.com. Retrieved April 26, 2011.
  5. Aspinwall, Grace S. (October 2010). "Kerrie Roberts". CCM Magazine. Archived from the original on May 19, 2012. Retrieved February 20, 2012.
  6. Duval, Bethany (August 24, 2010). "Kerrie Roberts". Christian Broadcasting Network. Retrieved February 20, 2012.
  7. Hall, Brian (August 8, 2010). "Kerrie Roberts". Christian Manifesto. Retrieved February 20, 2012.
  8. Chambers, Laura (August 10, 2010). "Kerrie Roberts". Christian Music Review. Archived from the original on August 15, 2010. Retrieved January 23, 2015.
  9. Hess, Tyler (August 20, 2010). "Kerrie Roberts". Christian Music Zine. Retrieved February 20, 2012.
  10. Molina, Susanne (October 19, 2010). "Kerrie Roberts". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved February 20, 2012.
  11. Watson, Matthew (August 21, 2010). "Kerrie Roberts". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved February 20, 2012.
  12. Davies, Jono (August 11, 2010). "Kerrie Roberts". Louder Than the Music. Retrieved February 20, 2012.
  13. Davis, Kevin (November 5, 2010). "Kerrie Roberts". New Release Tuesday. Retrieved February 20, 2012.
  14. Billboard. "Kerrie Roberts Album & Song Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved February 20, 2012. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  15. No Matter What - Kerrie Roberts | Billboard.com billboard.com. Retrieved April 27, 2011.
  16. Take You Away - Kerrie Roberts | Billboard.com billboard.com. Retrieved April 27, 2011.
  17. Outcast - Kerrie Roberts | Billboard.com billboard.com. Retrieved April 27, 2011.