Listen to the new album from City Psalms!
Listen to the new album from City Psalms!

JFH Staff Review




James Clay
James Clay



Album length: 11 tracks: 48 minutes, 16 seconds
Street Date: June 15, 2004


Many artists have interesting and sometimes heart-wrenching stories from the road leading to their record deal. James Clay's makes most other's look like a walk in the park. At age ten, Clay's mother took James and his siblings away from their father, at which point they joined a religious cult. And by the age of fourteen, he was providing fully for his mother and siblings. It was during this time that he began to play guitar and write songs. And, to make a long story short, eight years, a wife and two kids later, Mr. Clay has a record deal with InPop. And what he has to offer is simply incredible.

It is hard to describe Clay's self-titled debut. He takes just about everything you can do with acoustic rock and tries all of it over the course of eleven tracks. You can hear a lot of Dave Matthews in the music. Vocally, James Clay is about as diverse as they come. His voice is somewhat "grunge rock," but very passionate, and sometimes even resembling that of Mark Stuart of Audio Adrenaline.

The lyrics speak of life experiences, something Clay has a lot of. "Franklin Park," a song he wrote at the age of fifteen while living in a trailer park, is about sharing God's love to people that seem not to care at all. "Wicked Woman," probably the most rambunctious track on the debut, has Clay screaming "But the wise man stays away from the wicked woman" repeatedly. Other tracks simply talk about relying on God ("On your Knees," "Send Salvation, etc…), including the classic tribute to The Call's "I Still Believe."

If ever you need an example of hard work translating into great music, look no further than James Clay. His music is something new and almost completely unique from anything you've heard before. That's hard to do. But he's done it, and he's done it well.

- Review date: 06/08/04, written by Josh Taylor

 

CD

Buy This CD Online


. Record Label: InPop Records
. Album length: 11 tracks, 48 minutes and 16 seconds
. Street Date: June 15, 2004
. Buy It: Amazon.com

  1. I Still Believe
  2. Franklin Park
  3. On Your Knees
  4. Judah's Song
  5. One at a Time
  6. Anyway
  7. To Be with You
  8. Wicked Woman
  9. Send Salvation
  10. Sabotage
  11. Millstones

 

 

go to main Album review page
go to Album review archive

 


(JFH Sponsor Spot)

 

 

           
Check out the new album from Ovation Worship!

Search JFH



This Friday, February 14, 2020
Avalon Called [Red Street]
Landry Cantrell REM - Single [DREAM]
Crowder I'm Leaning on You (feat. Riley Clemmons) - Single [Capitol CMG]
Phil King Song of Redemption - Single [Gateway]
John Mark McMillan Peopled with Dreams (independent)
LEDGER My Arms - Single [Atlantic / Hear It Loud]
Leigh Nash Get Happy EP (independent)
Tyson Mostenbocker Someday I'll Make It All Up To You [Tooth & Nail]
RED All for You - Single [Red]
Saint Esprit Speak To Me EP [DREAM]
Silent Planet Trilogy - Single [Solid State]
Switch Symphony (LP) [DREAM]
Mark Tedder Stay - Single [7 Core]
Matthew West Brand New [Essential]

Next Friday, February 21, 2020
David & Nicole Binion Glory of Eden [Integrity]
Natalie Grant My Weapon - Single [Curb/Word]
Ellie Holcomb Sing: Remembering Songs EP (independent)
Hulvey BRKNHRT EP [Reach]
Jordan and Jessa Glorious (independent)
North Point Worship Just Getting Started (feat: Lauren Anderson) / Nothing Else Matters (feat. Heath Balltzglier and Desi Raines) - Single [Centricity]
Chris Renzema 17 - Single [Centricity]


For all release dates, click here!
 



Listen to the new album from City Psalms!




Win The Shack Movie and Soundtrack!