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Friday, October 28, 2011

Love All The Way by Brittany Hargest - CD Giveaway and Review

Four years after Hello & Goodbye, the final studio project from pop sensations Jump 5, its youngest member, Brittany Hargest, is jumping back into the spotlight with her release, Love All The Way. Don't underestimate this girl. While she clearly still knows how to have fun, she's not a newcomer, and no longer a kid. At 23, Brittany is a seasoned industry veteran and her confidence and command behind the microphone is evident. She was behind the wheel on this project, having provided writing contributions to most of the songs. Brittany's back, andLove All The Way is sure to be a hit with listeners of all ages.

The album begins with the high-octane "Critical" which talks about the need for action-driven faith to save a world in crisis. Brittany warns, "Too many doing 95 down a dead-end road. We gotta do something quick! It's getting critical." As we witness the depravity of the world, we can't sit back and do nothing. She implores listeners to be part of the solution and calls them to prayer and bold action: "We see too much to act so blind." The song's message is supported by punchy music with heavy beats, chunky guitars that sound like sirens, and an unrelentingly fast pace that perfectly illustrates the urgent need for God in today's world.

At the personal level, "Critical" can also be interpreted as emphasizing the need for a personal faith decision. "It's life and death," she sings. "It is that serious." This song is a good opener for the album, showing the world's need for Jesus. And much of the rest of the record will show us what Jesus' love can do.

The next song, "Slow Motion," moves in anything but slow motion. This driving, beat-laden track encourages the tired and weary not to lose hope: "If you know your heart is broken, that's the moment that it's open. Even in slow motion, you've gotta keep going. Just keep on, keep on going. In slow, in slow motion...." This song definitely belongs on everyone's running playlist! Brittany's vocals are strong and confident, and the track is irresistibly infectious and adrenaline inducing. This song is sure to be a hit with the younger crowd! It carries an energy similar to tobyMac, and should succeed even on mainstreams outlets like Radio Disney.

"Miracle" beautifully demonstrates the difference between what we see when we look at ourselves and what God sees when He looks at us. While we get caught up in our weaknesses and our flaws, God sees our potential: "You see a miracle. You see something beautiful when you look at me. See what I could be." God's love changes us and affects our perspective and the way we perceive the world. That's definitely a miracle worth celebrating!

Standout track "You Met Me" is the most stripped-down on the record. The more straightforward musical delivery of the song showcases Brittany's voice and its power to deliver an important lyrical message: the faithful pursuit of God's merciful love. Jesus' love meets us where we are and takes us as we are: "You met me. Right then and there. When and where I needed love but did not deserve to be loved." The song reminds us that we cannot fix ourselves -- we need a Savior. But it also points out that, thanks to God's mercy, we have no need for shame. Grace transforms us and gives us a new start. At the songs' end, the lyric is cleverly flipped. Brittany's life is changed, she sings in praise to God, "all because I met you."

Brittany Hargest's Love All The Way is full of energy, hope, and heart. My first listen to the record came at the end of a stressful day that was part of a long stretch of difficult days. But this record was just the balm I needed. I came away from it restored, energized, and emboldened. This is the mission and call of Christian music: to encourage, to bring hope, to spread the good news of God's love. Brittany can consider her mission accomplished! The only downside to the record is its brevity – the 10 tracks clock in at just under 33 minutes. However, this album succeeds in showcasing both a talented artist and a merciful, loving, unwavering God. Brittany Hargest doesn't miss a step. She's right on beat with this debut solo project.

I received a copy of Brittany Hargest's Love All The Way CD compliments of Propeller for my honest review and have to say, my family loves it! We would easily rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars. Thanks to the generous folks at Propeller they are offering a giveaway copy of this CD to one lucky follower of my blog. Here are your guidelines:

1. Be a follower of my blog, Reviews From The Heart.

2. "Like" my Facebook page, Reviews From The Heart.

3. Be a resident of the US or have a US shipping address. Remember No P.O. Boxes please.

4. Leave me a comment and let me know why you'd like to win a copy of this CD along with your email address. You can use the words (at) and (dot) instead of the symbols. I will notify the winner by email, so please be sure to include it.

The giveaway will end on November 7th and will notify the winner by email at that time.

For more information about this CD and Brittany Hargest, please click on the link below:

Love All The Way by Brittany Hargest

You can also find Brittany on Facebook by clicking here.


  1. I would like to win a copy of this CD as I love Christmas Music! I am a follower, like you on Facebook and am a resident of the U.S.


  2. I would love to win a copy of this CD. I love Christmas music. I am a follower and email subscriber.

  3. GFC follower

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  4. I like on FB also

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  5. i am a email subscriber

    amhengst at verizon dot net

  6. I would love to win this for my niece for Christmas she would love it

    amhengst at verizon dot net

  7. Just wanted to let everyone know, this is NOT a Christmas album. I even went back through the review just to make sure I didn't elude to something and that if you entered, you understood this ISN'T a Christmas CD!

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  8. My daughter would love to have this CD. She is 10 years old and the cliques and drama has started up in her 4th grade class. Fortunately so far, my girl has distanced herself from that but I love to encourage good role models to her. Godly women making a difference and taking a stand for Jesus!
    gfc and fb follower.
    lisa.otis6 at gmail dot com

  9. This would be a new artist for me to listen to. I would enjoy it very much.

    I follow.

    Like you on facebook.

    US Resident


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