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Feels Good to Be Forgiven (1988)

Updated: Jun 10

Feels Good to Be Forgiven is the first solo album by DeGarmo & Key musician -

songwriter Eddie DeGarmo. It was released on November 15, 1988 by ForeFront Records, which at the time was distributed by Benson Records. It is the first album to be released under the ForeFront banner, since the folding of Power Discs Records. The album was produced by Ron W. Griffin, who co-founded the ForeFront label with DeGarmo.

It is DeGarmo's first solo album outside of D&K, while the band was on temporary hiatus. It showcases his love of Memphis Soul as evidenced with the title song. "Feels Good to Be Forgiven" was released to Christian Rock radio as its lead single while "Pickin' Up the Pieces" was serviced to Christian AC and CHR radio as its lead single. Both singles did well on the charts. Dana Key plays guitar on the track "I Wanna Praise You" and co-wrote the opening track "Heaven's 9-1-1." Although this album never charted, it did receive nominations in both Grammy and Dove Awards. In 1990, DeGarmo was nominated for his solo Grammy Award for Best Gospel Performance, Male for Feels Good to Be Forgiven and was nominated for a Dove Award for Short Form Music Video of the Year for its title song.

Track listing

All tracks were written by Eddie DeGarmo, except where noted.

1. Heaven's 9-1-1 (Eddie DeGarmo, Dana Key) -3:37

2. Stayin' On the High Road -4:48

3. Feels Good to Be Forgiven -4:45

4. Pickin' Up the Pieces -4:56

5. Turn On Heaven's Power -4:06

6. Goodbye Mr. Heartache -3:46

7. Thank You -3:38

8. I Believe -3:52

9. Faith Like a Rock -4:20

10. I Ain't Gonna Lose -4:57

11. I Wanna Praise You -5:05

12. Yes Indeed -3:16

Radio singles

1988 -1989 "Pickin' Up the Pieces" -#2 Christian CHR, #6 Christian AC

1989 "Turn On Heaven's Power" -#20 Christian AC

Next release: The Pledge (1989)

Watch the music video of "Feels Good to Be Forgiven" here:

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