Style: Catchy acoustic pop; compare to Colbie Caillat, Jonatha Brooke, Carolyn Arends
Top tracks: "Kingdom Come," "What Love Really Means," "Tell It Again"
When her dream of playing college basketball didn't pan out, JJ Heller picked up a guitar and started writing music. Good thing. I have no clue if she could hit a 15-foot jump shot, but she sure can nail a song or two … or 10, as she has here. Sweet (but not saccharine), folksy pop flows as Heller, often co-writing with husband Dave, sings of faith, hope, and love—including the bond with two-year-old daughter Lucy: "I could never count all the ways that you change me, Baby / Every day the sky is a deeper shade of blue" ("Baby"). On "Kingdom Come," she sings "All sorrows and sighs / Will fade away into the night / And all will be made new."
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