Sounds like … an organic rock album mixing the ambient pop arrangements of Keane, The Fray, and Snow Patrol with the songwriting of Tim Hughes, Matt Redman, and Delirious.

At a glance … the Periday Records debut from singer-songwriter Travis Taylor is an amazing combination of pristine production, well conceived arrangements, and heartfelt tunes that transcend the stereotypes of Christian worship music.

"I am a worship leader at heart, but I also write songs about my wife; songs about my kids; songs that are just about everyday life," says Travis Taylor of his latest album, You Have Loved. The debut release from Periday Records, an indie label started by Taylor, is a collection of both secular and sacred tunes from the California-based songwriter. The new album not only breaks free from some of the restrictions of the Christian worship market, but also sounds pretty good doing it.

The disc starts out with the beautiful "Meet You," then kicks into the faster paced "No One Who Compares." While both tunes are musically similar (they could have been B-Sides on Keane's first album), one is about God and the other is about a child. As Taylor points out, "I think good music is good music and I don't think people will be confused by hearing a love song next to a worship song on an album, as long as both are great songs."

Sonically, it doesn't get much better than You Have Loved. With the help of guitarist/producer Dwayne Larring (Tim Hughes, Matt Redman) Taylor has crafted a collection of songs that could go toe-to-toe with any major label album. But it isn't just the quality of the production that makes this a great disc, it's also the arrangements. At any given time, the instruments are playing exactly what they need ...

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You Have Loved
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Release Date
February 3, 2009
Label
Koch Records
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