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A Friend Like U (1992)

Updated: Jan 24


A Friend Like U is the fourth studio album by the Christian rock band Geoff Moore & The Distance, released in 1992 on Forefront Records. The album is produced by Ron W. Griffin.


This album would garner them their first real US Christian radio exposure with its title song. It was co-written with friend and fellow Christian singer - songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman, giving the band their first number-one hit on the Christian CHR chart. Chapman even makes a cameo appearance in the song's music video. Chapman also provides guest vocals and co-writer on the track "Listen to Our Hearts," an acoustic pop number reminiscent of Extreme's 1991 number one Billboard Hot 100 hit "More Than Words." Other hits include "Good to Be Alive" and "Reminders of You." Christian country singer -songwriter Bruce Carroll co-wrote and performed acoustic guitar on "Listen and Learn."


The band makes their first chart appearance on the Billboard Top Christian Album chart, as A Friend Like U climbed to number 19. In 1993, the band earned their first Grammy nomination for Best Rock Gospel Album and was nominated for two Dove Awards for Rock Album of the Year and Rock Recorded Song of the Year for the track "House of Faith."


Track listing


1. A Friend Like U (Geoff Moore, Steven Curtis Chapman) -3:45

2. House of Faith (Geoff Moore, Charlie Peacock) -4:22

3. Reminders of You (Geoff Moore, Jeff Silvey) -3:45

4. Remember Who You Are (Geoff Moore, Roscue Meek) -4:52

5. Listen to Our Hearts (guest vocals by Steven Curtis Chapman) (Geoff Moore, Steven Curtis Chapman) -4:49

6. Good to Be Alive (Geoff Moore, Roscue Meek) -4:28

7. Aware of Wonder (Geoff Moore, Charlie Peacock) -3:43

8. Listen and Learn (Geoff Moore, Bruce Carroll) -4:32

9. Come to Me (Geoff Moore, Phil Maderia) -4:10

10. Called to Hope (Eddie DeGarmo) -3:43


Personnel


Geoff Moore & The Distance:

Geoff Moore -lead vocals

Roscue Meek -guitar

Gary Mullet -bass guitar

Greg Herrington -drums, percussion

Geof Barkley -keyboards


Radio singles

1992 "A Friend Like U" -#1 Christian CHR, #6 Christian AC

1992 "Listen to Our Hearts" (credited as Geoff Moore with Steven Curtis Chapman) -#4 Christian AC

1992 "House of Faith" -#10 Christian CHR

1993 "Reminders of You" -#3 Christian CHR, #16 Christian AC

1993 "Good to Be Alive" -#3 Christian CHR, #17 Christian AC


Previous release: Pure and Simple (1990)

Next release: Evolution (1993)

Watch the music video of "A Friend Like U" here:


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