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208. Jesus Loves Ya – Jon Gibson


Jon Gibson

It is with “Jesus Loves Ya” that many believe Jon Gibson found his artistic center. Though it may not be his best album it remains his most consistent and completely Jon Gibson. Longer and more progressive songs without fear of needing to create three minute radio friendly singles, Gibson here explores more musical diversity and allows the songs to be rather than editing them for record company suits.

The result was the longest running number one single in CCM history clocking in at over 6 minutes with no “radio edit” ever released by the record company. The single stayed at number one despite its length and the album also hit number one on the CCM sales charts. Too bad more record companies and radio stations never learned this lesson in artistic freedom and the listeners’ desire for real good songs no matter the length.

The album remains Gibson’s “grittiest” and most “street sounding of his career. The quiet soulfulness of Body and Soul is gone and the slick pop of the follow-up Forever Friends had not yet surfaced. Here Gibson’s penchant for scat, improvisation and “vamping” is given free reign and results are stellar. As the song continues and builds Gibsons’ passionate soul draws the listener in.

The album also contains more rap than any other album with several guest appearances as well as Gibson’s own blue-eyed rap style. But the most important influence on this album is clearly the late Gene Eugene (Adam Again) whose production help and funk grooves gave Gibson more a polished platform to perform. The drum and bass sounds are unmistakably Eugene.

Along with title tracks claim to fame, Love Come Down also reached Number one and Preacher Man made it to the Top 5. The latter really stands out as something wonderful from Gibson with the rousing brass section and sounds like something off of “Songs in the Key of Life.”

This album may not be Gibson’s best or most popular but it clearly may be the most important album in his career.


  1. Shawn McLaughlin
    December 8, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    I think Body and Soul has tighter songs, but I love the more experimental nature of this disc. “Jesus Loves Ya” never fails to put a smile on my face.

    • low5point
      December 8, 2010 at 5:15 pm

      And that’s why Body and Soul hasn’t appeared yet 🙂

  2. Brian
    December 13, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Agreed about the albums
    Body & Soul was better
    But this one was ultimately more listenable in the long run

  3. Greenchili
    March 8, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    I love the way he did the harmonies on “Jesus Loves Ya”

  4. Greenchili
    December 7, 2011 at 7:38 am

    LIstening to this again.. and I’ll have to say I really love how he does the backing vocals on this one.. anyways agree 100% on the review and the comments. Although I still need to listen to “Body and Soul” before I can make any comment on that one.

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