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John Berry - I Give My Heart
CD Review by Cheryl Harvey Hill

What sets music icons like Willie, Merle, Johnny and June apart from all the rest isn't just talent. It isn't just a great voice. Nor is it just the ability to write and perform great songs. As diverse as all the artists who sing country music are, the true legends all have one thing in common, they have never sold out to a commercial vision of country music. For many of them, this meant producing their own music, their own way, on their own labels. With the release of I Give My Heart, John Berry follows the lead of some of the biggest names in country music and aptly demonstrates that doing it his way really is the best way for him.

With a gourmet smorgasbord of music, a voice that only becomes more luscious over the years and a deliciously relaxed look about him on the album insert photos, Berry is like a rare and fine wine. He just keeps getting better. This isn't just music. This is music straight from the heart to your soul. This is soul food - delivered in the most palatable package and easily digested via the incredibly passionate ambience that accompanies the music.

The first single to be released from this album is the positively beautiful, "Will You Marry Me," written by John Berry, John Hall and David Lee Murphy. Robin Berry, John's lovely and very talented wife, contributes to the background vocals, and whenever Mrs. Berry steps up to the mic to join Mr. Berry, you are in for a special treat.

From the lead-off track, a pleasing, gentle version of Jim Croce's "Time In A Bottle," to the last track, "Faithfully," you will find yourself smiling for no reason. That's what really good music does. It taps into some inner place that recalls good times and cherished memories. Berry manages to bury deep in your psyche with an eclectic collection of romantic songs. Despite the fact that many of them ("Let's Stay Together," "I Just Wanna Stop," "Lady") were actually huge, pop hits for several other artists, Berry delivers them in such a refreshing new way that he easily makes them his own, and he gives a whole new meaning to country soul. When the CD got to the chorus on "If" ... I totally lost track of what I was writing. This is definitely one of my favorite songs on this album. And at the end of this song, when Berry holds that last note, there it was again ... that unsolicited smile that accompanies old fuzzy memories. Wow.

It became a futile exercise for me to try to write as I listened; so I sat back in my chair and let Berry's voice take me on an enchanting and romantic journey to the end of the album. And how do I describe the rest of the album after hearing it all? Wow. That's it. That's all I can come up with. Just, wow. This album rendered me speechless and you can ask anyone who knows me -- that is almost impossible. So you just have to take my word for it. This album is a major WOW.

I Give My Heart
track list:

1. If
2. Time In A Bottle
3. Will You Marry Me
4. Your Love Amazes Me
5. Faithfully
6. I Just Wanna Stop
7.I Give My Heart
8. Since The Day That I Met You
9. Love Look What You've Done To Me
10. Let's Stay Together
11. Lady

www.johnberry.net 

Rating: Buy it!

Website Review by Jim Weaver:
John's site is another great one from the gang at www.MusicCityNet.net, they consistently produce the most eye-catching and creative artist sites around. They do use a lot of FLASH so it's not going to be a speedy download for dial-ups but it is worth the wait. Plenty of pics to view, tour schedule, discography, bio, message boards and even contact information. The one thing you would expect to find that's not there are music clips... however, John has something that most artists don't that's pretty darn cool, it's called John Berry Radio through www.Live365.com. There's only two problems with this method, I (the listener) can't control which songs I get to listen to and once the player window is opened you have to Alt-F4 to close it, it won't close just by clicking on the little x in the corner for some reason (not John's fault). Other than that this is a very cool way for fans to listen to your music, it's just if you're trying to sell a new CD it would be nice to have clips on your site of each song on the CD. 

Rating: It's Great!

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