Get Your Music on Amazon!
Get Your Music on Amazon!

JFH Music Review

Susan Ashton, Wakened By The Wind

Susan Ashton
Wakened By The Wind

Artist Info: Discography
Genre(s): Folk / Acoustic / Country
Album length: 10 tracks: 44 minutes, 41 seconds
Street Date: February 14, 1991


Susan Ashton has one of those voices that stops you in your tracks. Not in a demanding way, but in an arresting and welcoming one. It's the kind you hear and immediately want to hear more of. These tunes are an auditory invitation to pull up a chair and stay for a while. If you so choose to, you'll be greeted by world-class instrumentation provided by a "who's-who" of players in the CCM industry in the early 90s. Names and talents like Wayne Kirkpatrick, Gordon Kennedy, Jimmie Sloas, Tommy Sims, Phil Madeira, and even an appearance from the guitar master Phil Keaggy himself on closer "Beyond Justice to Mercy." It's a song tailor-made for Amy Grant -- if she hadn't been off making the highest-selling CCM album of all time in Heart in Motion.

With this potent crew backing her, and Susan's alluring voice, listeners are treated to the rare fully fleshed-out debut of acoustic country-leaning songs. The man who gathered all that talent, and helped harness it for this cohesive first album on Sparrow Records was legend Wayne Kirkpatrick. His fingerprints are all over this one. He wrote or co-wrote seven of the ten tracks, played guitar on most of them, and produced the entire album, not to mention tossed in some backing vocals for good measure.

Straight out of that gate, the first four songs set the table nicely, with the gentle percussive and acoustic strums of "Down on My Knees," and the gorgeous "No One Knows My Heart," being my overall favorites. Ashton's voice shines brightly throughout, but especially here. Other standouts are the closing trio run of "In Amazing Grace Land," "Suffer in Silence" and the aforementioned "Beyond Justice to Mercy."

Truly, if there is any weakness in the tracklist, it lies in the middle section with the outlier uptempo song, "Land of Nod," or the slightly musically dull "In My Father's Hands." That said, it's a minor issue, as the former serves as a funky pick-me-up pace-wise, while the latter has a terrific chorus. For instance, see these reassuring lines, "It's in my Father's hands/And I have no fear/There's no point making plans/When His hands can steer/Why should I so small and frail/Carry life's demands/When He can see where I might fail/And where I might stand/It's in my Father's hands."

Ultimately, Susan is well supported and given an exceptional introduction, with Wakened by the Wind catapulting her forward into a solid career of hit songs and awards spanning more than a decade. If you somehow missed this one, or perhaps never knew it existed, I strongly encourage you to give it a shot -- especially for stylistic fans of mainstream contemporary Shawn Colvin, her CCM counterpart Kim Hill, or excellent acoustic country-leaning music.

- Review date: 1/24/24, written by Josh Balogh of

(JFH Sponsor Spot)

Purchase Original Art Prints, Drawings, Buttons, Stickers, Bookmarks and more from JFH's own John DiBiase!


. Record Label: Word Records
. Album length: 10 tracks: 44 minutes, 41 seconds
. Street Date: February 14, 1991
. Buy It: iTunes
. Buy It: Amazon Music (MP3)
. Buy It:

  1. Down On My Knees (4:15)
  2. No One Knows My Heart (3:05)
  3. Benediction (Simon) (5:29)
  4. Ball And Chain (4:30)
  5. I Hear You (6:12)
  6. Land Of Nod (4:09)
  7. In My Father's Hands (4:08)
  8. In Amazing Grace Land (4:31)
  9. Suffer In Silence (4:00)
  10. Beyond Justice To Mercy (4:22)



Leave a Comment



go to main Album review page
go to Album review archive


(JFH Sponsor Spot)



Purchase Original Art Prints, Drawings, Buttons, Stickers, Bookmarks and more from JFH's own John DiBiase!

Search JFH

This Wednesday, July 10, 2024
Meeting of the Mimes Treading Water - Single (independent)

This Friday, July 12, 2024
Deep Al Brindle Are You Nervous? [Tooth & Nail]
DOE Heart of a Human [Provident]
Elevation Worship When Wind Meets Fire [Elevation]
Illustrate, Salty Beats Avid Artist (independent)
Peach Goldman Where You Are [StowTown]
We The Kingdom 33 - EP [Capitol CMG]
Darlene Zschech Testament - EP [Integrity]

3 Days Under Fruit of the Flesh - Single [Resurrection]
BRIGHT Way Maker - Single [Integrity]
FAITHFUL Send Rescue - Single [Integrity]
Grace Graber California - Single (independent)
The Kingdom Heirs Until Prayer Changes Me - Single [Sonlite]
Iveth Luna Faithful - Single [Red Street]
John Rich Revelation - Single (independent)

Next Friday, July 19, 2024
Leanna Crawford Still Waters [Provident]
Human Code Break The Silence [Girder]
Joe Christmas Burnt Ends & Crisp Remainders [Charon Collective]
Newsboys Worldwide Revival - Part One [Capitol CMG]
Planetshakers The Winning Team [Venture3Media]

Canyon Hills Worship In Control - Multi Single [DREAM]
Coquí, Jimmy Clifton, Much More My Lord Provided - Single [DREAM]
Starflyer 59 909 - Single [Velvet Blue]
Xander Sallows, GLADDEN RICOCHET! - Single [DREAM]

For all release dates, click here!

Check out Ninties Worship Night!

Listen to the new Album From Millennial Reign!

Check out depositphotos for royalty free images