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385. Sun and Moon – Sarah Laughing

SUN AND MOON (1996)

Sarah Laughing

The driving force behind Sarah Laughing was Loren Hartman and after releasing their debut on a rock label associated with Vineyard Music they signed to Innocent Records, a brand new label started by Ojo Taylor of Undercover after he had left Brainstorm Intl. The sound is pure Motown, soul and funk with a dash of Gospel. This is not white boy wanna be soul, this is funk first groove with a killer horn section.

I remember seeing them once in concert and could have sworn there were at least a dozen people on stage. Full horn section, rhythm section and a smoking live band. The stood out for their flawless live performances and tight, on point playing. There was literally nothing like them in CCM.

The first track, Mud, has such a great groove and the lyrics calling on God to make the dry ground of the soul mud with His rain from Heaven make the song instantly unforgettable. You Recreated Me sounds similar to “Oh Happy Day” with all the great rolls and bumps. “Eye of the Storm” is a cover of the Mark Heard acoustic classic sounding nothing like the original, making it completely their own. One other cover that steals the show is of Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.” Just fantastic!

I do not know if there were any further projects by the band, but I , for one, would love to hear them!

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  1. Shawn McLaughlin
    November 1, 2010 at 12:03 am

    I somehow missed this one. I have Red, which is nowhere near a top 500 CCM album, but not this one. I got everything from innocent, or so I thought. Too bad…..there is a surfeit of good funk in the CCM market

  2. Greenchili
    May 25, 2011 at 10:39 am

    The cover of “Eye of the Storm” really is good.. 🙂

  3. December 27, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    I’m Loren…the driving force 🙂 I had other albums written, but I never followed through them. WIth the popularity of retro-styled bands and artists I may just put something together if there is enough interest i guess.

  4. Rainbo Thorp
    March 8, 2012 at 2:09 am

    Awesomesauce!

  5. March 26, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    I have been a fan of the band since the beginning, before the “Red” album (it helps that my brother played trombone in the brass section). Their soulful funk really reaches inside and makes you think. My two favorite tracks of the “Sun and Moon” album are “Jesus Upon the Water” and the title track “Sun and Moon.”

    If you want to buy one, you can still find them on http://www.amazon.com

    • Jessica
      November 6, 2012 at 4:50 am

      Loren, there’s interest- miss Sarah Laughing. There’s been no other “Christian” music quite like it. What beautiful soulful musicians you were (are) – and loved Jesus!

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