Ty Herndon -
Right About Now
Album Review by Cheryl
Sr. Staff Journalist
A lot of folks are saying "he's back," but
I've known him for many years and after listening to his
new album, I wouldn't say he's back; I'd say he has
finally arrived. Ty Herndon will be the first to tell
you that throughout his career, to date, he has taken two
steps forward and then one step back. He could never seem
to break free of his own nightmares but Right About Now
I feel that I can say with absolute confidence that he is
finally free of past demons. If this album is, as he says,
a reflection of where he is in his life, than I'd say the
road in front of him is clear of detours. The media blurb
that accompanied the CD referred to it as a "comeback
collection" but I really feel this is actually his
debut album as a whole person since what you will hear on
all eleven tracks is a healthy soul with a superior voice.
This is, by far, his best work yet and for those of you
with short memories, he has had much success in this crazy
The album kicks off with a very rhythmic, easy
listening tune titled "Someday Soon," written by
Darrell Brown, Radney Foster, and Keith Urban. Need I say
Everything familiar feels so new to me / I might
look the same but I'm not who I used to be / Love is going
to build a bridge from me to you / And faith is going to
find a way to pull me through
The title cut, Right About Now, is an incredibly
beautiful love song, written by Darrell Brown and Michael
Peterson that really allows Herndon to show off his vocal
range. There is a nice balance between up-tempo, boot
scooters and generic (I mean that in a positive way)
ballads. There is not a disappointing track on the album
and the list of songwriters who wrote for this project
reads like right out of "who's who."
"Hide" is one of the tracks that stuck in my
mind and "Mercy Line" made it impossible for me
to keep from tapping my keyboard. If I hadn't erased it,
it would have looked like this:
about a page and a half as I got carried away. "We
Are," written by Jim and Ryan Rushing, has some great
lyrics and incredible vocal harmonies on the chorus.
Picking a favorite song was nearly impossible. There is
enough diversity in the tempo and lyrics of each song that
it is difficult to compare one to another but as I
listened to his voice infuse the lyrics of "We
Are" to the depth of my being, it took my breath
away. There are few artists today, or in the history of
this genre, capable of delivering a song the way Herndon
does. I'm not even sure I understand how or why his voice
effects people so deeply the way it does but I do know
that it does, because it affects me that way. Perhaps he
said it best, himself, when he said, "My greatest
ability is my ability to interpret a song, put it on tape
and make it believable." Maybe that's it; he
definitely is believable when he sings, but just saying
his delivery of a song is great because it is believable
seems like such a huge under statement.
The final cut is a most appropriate ending for an album
of songs from the son of a family of gospel singers.
"There Will Be a Better Day" is musically simple
and the perfect vehicle to showcase the true strength of
Herndon's voice. Kudos to Darrell Brown and Beth Nielsen
Chapman for writing such a splendid song and perhaps this
song best illustrates what I was trying to say earlier;
the key to the amazing caliber and intensity of his voice
is simply the ease with which he delivers the lyrics. Like
fine wine, some things just improve over time. You can
count Ty Herndon among those special things. He has never
looked or sounded better in his career than he does now.
This is one album you don't want to miss.
Be sure you check out the CSO audio interview with Ty.
Click on the CD cover to order yours!
1. Someday Soon
2. In The Arms Of The One Who Loves Me
3. You Still Own Me
4. Mighty Mighty Love
5. Right About Now
6. Love Revival
8. Mercy Line
9. We Are
10. If I Could Only Have Her Love Back
11. There Will Be A Better Day
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a "Real People Review"
Wow what a great, as some would say, "Come back album". Every song on this album you can just feel Ty's heart
and soul in it. If you like a singer with a strong vocal range and music you can relate to this album is for you.
When I see Ty in concert I go back stage and call him the man with the "Golden Throat". listen to the album you'll see.
~ RJ - Bowling Green, OH.
A review - you got it! It's wonderful, just like all of Ty's music. I will admit, it took me awhile to warm up to it. I'm not one for change but this Cd shows Ty's range. He's so talented. ( and HOT!!! ) Someday Soon ~ You Still Own Me ~ Mighty, Mighty, Love ~ Love Revival ~ Mercy Line and In The Arms of the One Who Loves Me ~ have me melting all over again. I wasn't sure anything could top songs like No Mercy ~ Steam ~ Hat Full of Rain ~ or I Know How the River Feels, but you did it!!! I'm done for. This is your year Ty ~ live it, own it, and most of all ~ make a memory!!!
Your VA TY fan
~ Stacy T.
I really enjoy the cd Right About Now. Ty looks great and sound amazing. I am glad he is back doing what he loves.
I like a little gospel with my country. My favorite song is There Will Be A Better Day. No matter what happens in life if you believe and pray there will be a better day.
I hope 2007 is a wonderful year for Ty. It would be nice if Ty came to Baltimore, MD to do some of his new and old songs.
~ Sharon E. - Baltimore, MD
I believe that indeed Ty Herndon is at his best on his new record. The opening song, Someday Soon, is incredible. I and other fans in Wisconsin canít wait to see him perform on tour.
Ty, please come to Madison!
~ Jonathan F.
Ty Herndon is and has always been the most talented singer in country music! The album Right About Now is just as beautiful as he is. It is a collection of the most beautiful songs that Ty has ever done....and he has done some beautiful songs. Ty is the real thing no matter what!
~ Teresa B.
A review of Right About Now, sure I can tell you all about it. Everyone in my household has their own copy and all three of my kids (all are under 9) know every word to every song on it already. We all have our
favorites of course. Mine is "Mercy Line", it's got a really cool
rhythm, this song alone is worth buying the CD for. My daughter's favorite
is "Love Revival" which has a 80's sound to it. My middle son loves
"Hide" and my youngest (5 year old Brandon) just loves anything Ty sings, so he knows all the words to every Ty song. Even my husband who is not a country music fan loves Right About Now.
"Mighty, Mighty Love" is also one my daughter favorites, oh who am I kidding, they all have the potential to be #1 hits, now I just want to hear them on the radio!
~ Elizabeth S.
Thank you so much for the album review of Right About Now
by Cheryl Harvey Hill. On a lot of albums you have to skip over some songs
to get to the good ones. Right About Now is a "no skipper" in my book.
All of the songs on the album are wonderful. I agree 100% with Cheryl's
review. Ty Herndon is looking and sounding better than ever. Right About Now
is right on!
~ Diane from Colorado