Blane Dunnam and Candace Emerson
are a sibling duo based out of southern Georgia. Their debut album, Inheritance
, is a collection of worship songs that should appeal to fans of modern worship music. However, Inheritance
is much more simplistic and subdued musically compared to those mega church worship albums that release annually -- this makes the album a little more endearing. The brother and sister pairing works well for Blane and Candace and their vocals blend perfectly. However, the songs fronted by Blane, with Candace singing background and on harmonies, tend to play out the best overall. The opening track is a great example of this very thing. "Rivers" has a really nice sound with Blane leading, but when Candace's vocals come in at the chorus it really brings the song together. The opening track is strong and remains the favorite throughout the entire album, but there are certainly some other contenders. One such contender is the Candace-led title track which features her vocal strengths with shades of Harvest (Parker) Bashta and even a touch of Lacey Sturm shining through. Another standout track is the more spirited "Lowest Place." Here Blane leads again with Candace providing excellent backing vocals. The acoustic guitar and piano, coupled with some electric guitar, gives the song a great sound - especially when the bridge comes into play. "I Need You" is a somber song with a softly picked electric guitar that accentuates Blane's voice nicely. Lyrically, the song is a prayer to God stating the obvious need for the Creator. Dunnam also earnestly prays, "So take everything I am; everything I do. Use me to be your vessel. Cleanse me, refine me, and make me new
" for the song's bridge. The final song of note would have to be Candace's "Hope." The track carries a U2 vibe in the guitar, but I would venture to guess more inspiration is taken from for King & Country. The biggest difference in sound would be the drums, which aren't nearly as big as what fK&C produce.
Overall, Inheritance is a good album with some really enjoyable songs. Fans of today's worship music should find plenty of enjoyment out of Blane and Candace's music. The album is full of worshipful lyrics, accessible music to a variety of different listeners, and solid production. I'm curious to hear these siblings continue to make music and to see their potential growth after getting album number one under their belt. The future could be bright for Blane Dunnam and Candance Emerson.
- Review date: 6/1/18, written by Michael Weaver