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Cry for the Desert (1990)

Updated: Mar 29


Cry for the Desert is the eighth studio album by Christian music singer -songwriter Twila Paris, released in 1990 on Star Song Records. The album is Paris' first time working with producer Brown Bannister, who is best known for producing Christian pop superstar Amy Grant's albums and recently produced the Christian rock band White Heart's 1989 album Freedom and features the band's rhythm section of guitarist Gordon Kennedy, bassist Tommy Sims and drummer Chris McHugh.


Producer Bannister updated Paris' sound on Cry for the Desert to sound more contemporary pop while still incorporating her praise and worship music. Paris' song "How Beautiful" is now considered a modern day hymn and is used during Easter services during communion. The song is ranked in the Top 20 from CCM Magazine's 2006 book The 100 Greatest Songs in Christian Music. Bannister and musician Charlie Peacock provide backing vocals on the song "Fix Your Eyes."


Paris was nominated in two categories at the 22nd GMA Dove Awards for Female Vocalist of the Year and Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year. Cry for the Desert climbed up to number two on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart.


Track listing

All songs written by Twila Paris.


1. Tributary (instrumental) -2:56

2. Nothing But Love -5:48

3. Cry for the Desert -5:21

4. He Is A Song -4:20

5. Undivided Heart -4:51

6. How Beautiful -4:41

7. I Will Wait -4:24

8. I See You Standing -4:09

9. This Thorn -4:59

10. Celebration/Kingdom of God -5:30

11. Fix Your Eyes -5:12


Radio singles

1990 "I See You Standing" -#8 Christian CHR, #1 Christian AC

1990 "How Beautiful" -#6 Christian AC

1991 "Cry for the Desert" -#9 Christian CHR, #7 Christian AC

1991 "Nothing But Love" -#8 Christian CHR, #1 Christian AC

1991 "Undivided Heart" -#12 Christian CHR, #7 Christian AC


Previous release: It's the Thought... (1989)


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