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Free to Fly (2001)

Updated: Oct 21, 2023


Free to Fly is the sixth studio album by the female Christian vocal group Point of Grace, released on May 1, 2001 by Word Records.


It is Point of Grace's first new album in three years since their 1998 album Steady On. After that release and their Christmas album A Christmas Story, the group took a year-long hiatus and then re-grouped in early 2001 to work on Free to Fly with six different producers: Brown Bannister, who produced their two previous albums, David Tyson, Nathan Nockles, Tom Laune, Glenn Garrett and Wayne Tester. The album produced five number one songs, bringing their total, at the time, to 26 number one songs: "Blue Skies," "Praise Forevermore" and "You Will Never Walk Alone" topped the Radio & Records Christian AC chart. "He Sends His Love" went to number one on the Christian Inspo chart. "Yes, I Believe" broke their streak of consecutive number ones on the Christian AC chart, climbing to number 5, but did top the Christian Inspo chart.


Point of Grace served as executive producers and recruited some of the top songwriters including Australian contemporary worship singer - songwriter Darlene Zschech, Grant Cunningham, Matt Huesmann, Brent Bourgeois,

Lowell Alexander and Jeremy Bose, among others. A music video was made for the track "Begin With Me." Free to Fly topped the Billboard Top Christian Albums and peaked at number 20 (their highest charting position) on the Top 200 Albums chart. In 2002, the group was nominated in four categories at the Dove Awards. That same year, the album was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).


Track listing


1. By Heart (Dane DeViller, Sean Hosien, Pam Sheyne) -3:38

2. You Will Never Walk Alone (Lowell Alexander) -4:24

3. He Sends His Love (Jeremy Bose, Paul Evans) -4:35

4. Praise Forevermore (Darlene Zschech) -4:33

5. Blue Skies (Grant Cunningham, Matt Huesmann) -4:20

6. Begin With Me (Steve Siler, David Tyson) -3:15

7. Free Indeed (Grant Cunningham, Matt Huesmann) -3:55

8. All That I Need (Glenn Garrett, Wayne Tester) -4:08

9. Something So Good (Jack Blades, Brent Bourgeois, Jane Vaughan) -3:41

10. Yes, I Believe" (Joel Lindsay, Tony Wood) -4:35

11. La La La" (Brent Wilson) -4:49


Gold certified in 2002.


Personnel


Point of Grace:

Shelly Breen -vocals

Denise Jones -vocals

Terry Jones -vocals

Heather Payne -vocals


Production credits


David Tyson –producer (tracks 1, 7, 9 and 11)

Brown Bannister -producer (tracks 2, 5 and 6)

Nathan Nockles and Tom Laune -producers (tracks 3, 4 and 10)

Glenn Garrett and Wayne Tester -producers (track 8)


Radio singles

2001 "Blue Skies" -#1 R&R Christian AC

2001 "Praise Forevermore" -#1 R&R Christian AC

2001 "He Sends His Love" -#1 R&R Christian Inspo

2002 "You Will Never Walk Alone" -#1 R&R Christian AC

2002 "Yes, I Believe" -#5 R&R Christian AC, #1 R&R Christian Inspo


Previous release: Rarities & Remixes (2000)


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