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David Phelps: Freedom

It’s Tuesday, so that means it is time to share what we’re PLAYING this week. We’ve been listening to a recently-released CD by a very talented tenor who does incredible solo work in addition to performing with the Gaither Vocal Band.


I received a copy of this cd from Family Christian in exchange for my honest review. Read my full disclosure HERE.

When it comes to music, I have some strong opinions. I love male voices and I prefer first tenors over the other voice parts. It is likely not a surprise to you that I deeply love Southern Gospel music. I also have a tremendous appreciation for strong, classically-trained voices. With all of that said, may I present to you … David Phelps! His music is always exquisite, but just when I though he couldn’t get any better – now he has a beard.


This CD is every bit as incredible as I expected it to be.  The variety of styles among the 14 tracks is impressive and every one is performed in grand fashion that I have come to expect from David Phelps. Seriously, I could listen to him 24/7 for the rest of my life and never grow tired of that glorious voice. He is truly gifted and this project provides evidence in song after song, whether the traditional “When the Saints Go Marching In,” the classic “We Shall Behold Him,” or the new (to me, at least) “The Lily.”

If you want to know which is my favorite from this album, you’ll have to ask again when I’ve had time to listen to it another couple dozen times. Right now they are ALL my favorite! I bet you’ll agree, so go get your own copy and let me know.

Comments are always welcome.

2 thoughts on “David Phelps: Freedom

  1. Debra Mangano says:

    A big AMEN to everything you just said. If I could only listen to one singer for the rest of my life, it would be David Phelps. He can sing literally ANYTHING … I might even start liking rap music if he decided to be a rapper (ok maybe that is a bit of a stretch…LOL)

    My favorite on this album is “What I Need Is You.” This song is just so raw and honest and personal. I feel like I am sitting next to David at the piano while he sings it. So, so good!!! He is not just an amazing singer but an incredible writer, musician, composer, and producer. This album definitely showcases all of his incredible gifts!!

  2. I agree. I think David is the best tenor I have ever heard. He brings gospel alive and seems to be able to sing anything with the same effort and remarkable skill. His rendition of Nessum Dorma is just as great as his singing Let Freedom Ring. I love to hear him sing No More Night. Bill Gaither said he should donate the harmonic part of his brain to the Smithsonian Institute, which is pretty good praise from a man with Gaither’s knowledge. I love his latest CD and am also going to buy the DVD as soon as it comes out.

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