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267. Without Condition – Ginny Owens

WITHOUT CONDITION (1999)

Ginny Owens

This amazing debut release opens with a haunting rendition of the hymn, “Be Thou My Vision.” The song takes on a greater irony when it’s discovered that the artist, Ginny Ownes, has been blind since the age of two. This wonderful hymn of reliance on the Heavenly Father is an even stronger reminder when the backdround story comes to light.

Comparisons to Alanis Morrisette were common early on as both were making a new for themselves at roughly the same time and share a firm, strong and self-relient mandate into their music. Owens appears “softer” and may have more in common with Suzanne Vega and Sarah McLaughlin at times but she still orcks harder at times than both of those artists.

The first single, Free, was a smash hit and earned her a Dove Award for Best New Artist. The song still sounds fresh over 10 years later and remains a CCM radio staple. Owens’ sultry and smooth voice carries the album from beginning to end. There is a smokey, jazzy quality to her voice that is a real stand out in a CCM market filled with sweet and sanitized sounding female vocalist.

After graduating from Belmont University with a degree in music she found that many people did not feel comfortable having a blind teacher of music for their children and decided, instead to focus on songwriting, singing and recording. We, the music fans, are the beneficiaries of that decision.

 

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  1. November 12, 2010 at 7:39 am

    She still remains a favorite. Her other albums show her as a maturing artist but, none have the freshness of this album.

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