Reviewed by Dale Lewis
Running Back to You by
"Whether or not you are an American Idol fan, Chris Sligh's music is worth listening to over and over again."
A top ten finalist from American Idol season six, Chris Sligh’s vocal maturity and “push the creative” mindset is evident throughout his first solo project, “Running Back To You.” It is produced by Grammy and Dove winner Brown Bannister and guest musicians-turned-producers, Will Owsley and Stephen Leiweke.
The first official single, "Empty Me," was released to radio in February 2008. The best cuts include “Empty Me,” “Vessel” and “Something Beautiful.”
“Are You Pleased?” (track 7) is a soul-searching, lyrical self-examination before the Almighty. It is a sweet blend of poignant words and tight instrumentation. “Loaded Gun,” (track 10) is an unusual, almost morbid way of expressing the need to move beyond words when it comes to revealing your love to somebody you care about. I’d have used a different analogy. The instrumentation of brisk strings at the beginning did draw me into the song. This was the only title where it seemed the instrumentation overwhelmed the vocals.
After being expelled from Bob Jones University in his senior year, Sligh attended North Greenville University, where he is 3 credit hours short of a music degree. Chris now serves with a worship band at Seacoast Church in Greenville. After his American Idol stint, he also rejoined the band Half Past Forever as lead vocalist.
He owns each and every song with a solid vocal performance. He is no longer waiting on the judge’s comments to define his music, rather he is worshipping in front of the audience of One. His songwriting skills add to the genuineness of the project, and his faith journey is visible in the transparent lyrics of this former American Idol.
Whether or not you are an American Idol fan, Chris Sligh’s music is worth listening to over and over again.Dale Lewis now mans the front desk at the EFCA (The Evangelical Free Church of America) National Office in Minneapolis, MN. He was the graphic designer/pre-press production artist for over twelve years before being asked to step into this new role. Prior to that, he was the publications manager at his alma mater, Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN in the public relations office as well as the adviser to the college’s yearbook. He's a director/actor/writer for the Hope Church (Oakdale, MN) adult drama worship team and was the senior editor of the church newsletter. He's also written two collections of poetry, “Whispers of Assurance” and “On Life: Constant Communion Without Ceasing” as well as a devotional entitled “Eternal Education.” He and his family live in Oakdale, Minnesota.