477. Keep No Secrets – Morgan Cryar

KEEP NO SECRETS (1984)

Morgan Cryar

Though it would be Morgan Cryar’s follow up release featuring the mega-hit, “Pray in the U.S.A.” that would bring the success it was this initial debut that would remain Cryar’s best work. A “safe” Steve Taylor with mainstream evangelical lyrics and memorable hooks made him an instant new favorite.

“Carried Away,” “Keep No Secrets,” “Holy Fire” and “Just a Few of My Old Friends” became staples on Christian radio and they stood out clearly against a format filled with Amy Grant, Michael W Smith and Sandy Patti. The latter was a cute novelty song about our sins that we keep around with us, but put into a very friendly and quirky tune.

Cryar would score huge Inspirational success with the song “What Sin?” but it is the debut that remains his strongest artistically and fares much better than most Christian music for the time.

Side note that is completely inexplicable and remains one of the great mysteries in CCM. Cryar’s original band and collaborators went on to form the band Kings X.

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  1. dashneal
    October 15, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Agree with your comments. This record was always one of my favorite “guilty pleasure” albums. A fun listen and definitely a standout at the time(as you said). Still listening to this one all these years later.

    I could never figure out the King’s X “connection” either. Whenever I listen to them, I can’t even believe it was the same band.

  2. Brian
    October 15, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    yes, this is always fascination topic. Especially since Kings X has made references to fake Christians smoking pot….I wonder if it were direct comments to Morgan Cryar. Maybe not…I am not sure it is known.
    not sure. Love Morgan Cryar’s music though. And maybe what is Kings X now was a bit rebellious then…
    Still interesting.

  3. Jacob
    October 18, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Just found this site today. Looks great.

    Fun fact on this album is that the song “Holy Fire” was written by Twila Paris.

  4. February 9, 2011 at 5:02 am

    Actually, @dashneal – King’s X was not yet involved in Morgan’s music on this project (which may be the reason you commented, re: the contrast). We put “Keep No Secrets” together in pieces – John Andrew Schreiner and I programmed the trax on most, and Carl Marsh did some amazing Fairlight. We had a load of fun … I think Star Song was looking for a way to give Morgan a boost for his concert performing – and to work with King’s X (which at that time was called “Sneak Preview.”) As a result – the two were paired for the touring, and subsequent recordings. JDB

  5. Greenchili
    March 8, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Yes.. it was reading about “Pray In The USA” that clued me into King’s X. I absolutely loved the guitar work on that album. Always loved Carl Marsh’s composing skills as well. Carried Away is still a great fast paced tune and Jane Farrell sounds so sexy on the background vocals of “Holy Fire” (sorry had to say it).

  6. adam
    June 13, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    This was the only Morgan Cryar album I liked. “Made Up Mind” is beautiful…

  7. November 9, 2011 at 11:02 am

    I played Sax along with Brandon Fields and arranged the Huey Lewis like parts on “I get carried away” on this record. Fun stuff! Jonathan David Brown pulled me in on this project. Thanks Jonathan!

    • low5point
      November 9, 2011 at 4:44 pm

      Dave,

      I speak for several of my readers when I saw…you rock! You are easily my all time favorite sax player, Christian or otherwise, and have loved just about everything you have worked on in your career in CCM. I am playing the role of geeked out fan here, and I apologize, but i truly have found your playing brilliant!

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