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Saturday, 08 September 2007

Working again with Ross King for his third studio album, Pocket of Light, Darrell Smith gets help from former Audio Adrenaline guitarist Barry Blair and Dove Award Nominee Ayiesha Woods. Each CD Darrell comes out with is better than the one before and this one is his best to date. Everything from the artwork to the beautifully crafted songs is, well, professional. From the catchy upbeat opening song Feed Your Fire, to the more reflective songs Smith shows wisdom, grace and courage in his songwriting. Even the vocals are stronger than previous albums.

As I listened to the album I was reminded of the more reflective side of the band Something Like Silas. Don't be mistaken, Darrell's music is worship music, but if you are looking for Christian clichés and niceties repeated over and over you won't find any in Darrell's music. However, if you are looking for honest songs about the life of faith, Darrell's music will not disappoint. If you liked Darrell's other offerings you will love this one. If you have no idea who Darrell is, or what his ministry is all about, check him out at DarrellSmithMusic.com . You will be glad you did!

As in the past, all proceeds from the project go to helping ministries, however now he has created a new ministry called  Chapter Three Ministries which goal is to support churches, charities, community events and ministry groups through evangelism, prayer support, worship leadership and instruction, resource and leadership development and worship/performance events. It is refreshing in this day and age to discover an artist who is about discovering ways to serve his King. 

Darrell's heart is in the right place and his music moves the listener closer to God. It is challenging lyrically dealing with topics such as faith, weariness, relationships, ministry in the margins and being accepted by a God who loves us so much that He never lets us go. To get the full impact of this worship project one must listen not only with ears, but also with heart and mind. Thank you Darrell for a strong third offering in your musical journey. May God truly bless it and may His will be done!

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