356. Streams – Various Artists
One of only a handful of various artists projects to be included on this list, Streams is one of the most beautiful albums on this list. Stunning arrangements of beautiful written songs inspired by the immensely popular devotional book, Streams in the Desert. The album is filled with both Christian and secular artists (though the latter have claimed a Christian faith) in a still of music similar to “new age,” contemplative and Celtic styles not too far from Jeff Johnson and Iona.
One of Cindy Morgan’s finest performances ever kicks off the album (Joy) followed by Enya’s sister Maire Brennan’s (Clannad) duet with Michael MacDonald (Doobie Brothers) of Peter Gabriel’s “Don’t Give Up.” The latter is a wonderful cover of an impressive arrangement of a terrific song.
Other artists include Sixpence None the Richer, Michelle Tumes and Point of Grace. The album also features some very unique duets that work perfectly including Delirious? with Amy Grant and 4Him with Jon Anderson of Yes.
Brent Bourgeois is the main force behind this impressive project either writing, producing or performing on nearly all tracks. The project also features special guests Michael W Smith and Phil Keaggy on guitar. Contemplative and uplifting, the music here is timeless as is the message of God’s grace in the midst of life’s difficult and trying moments.