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Legacy (1983)

Updated: May 30

Legacy is the fourth studio album by American singer - songwriter Benny Hester, released on May 6, 1983 by Myrrh/Word Records. The album was produced by Hester and John Guess.

After the success of his previous album Nobody Knows Me Like You, Hester returns with Legacy. The album's main theme is about the heritage that, as believers, we pass on to those before us and leave a legacy to be a part of the family of God, by walking in faith. Some of the tracks reflect that like the title track opener and the closing track "These Things Were Done By You." Some regard this album as a "forgotten album," maybe due to the fact that CCM singer and songwriter Michael Card released his second album also titled Legacy that same year, in just mere weeks.

Despite this, Hester's Legacy did well on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart and charted higher than Nobody Knows Me Like You, taking it to number 9. Michael Omartian, who produced the previous album, got involved on the album as a musician playing keyboards on four tracks and as an orchestral arranger on the whole album. Legacy has not been released on CD and it is not available digitally. A YouTube link to listen to the album is posted below this article.

NOTE: the tracks "Legacy," "Melody Man" and "Out of the Natural" are the only tracks to appear in the 1988 compilation album Personal Best, which is available on CD and digitally.

On the album cover, Hester appears with son Eric and daughter Nikki.

Track listing

All songs were written by Benny Hester, except where noted.

1. Legacy -4:45

2. Closer -4:40

3. It Took So Long (Benny Hester, Michael Omartian) -4:31

4. Melody Man -3:30

5. Sensitive Heart (Benny Hester, Jeff Lams) -3:29

6. Caught Away (Benny Hester, Michael Omartian, Jeff Lams) -5:09

7. Out of the Natural -3:39

8. Nobody's Listening (Benny Hester, Jeff Lams) -4:06

9. Footprints -3:55

10. These Things Were Done By You -1:54

Radio singles

1983 "Legacy" -#5 Christian AC/CHR

1984 "Melody Man" -#40 Christian AC/CHR

Listen to the album Legacy here:

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