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Powerhouse (1990)

Updated: Sep 30, 2023

Powerhouse (also stylized as Power House) is the seventh studio album by the Christian rock band White Heart. This is their first album on the Star Song Records label released in late 1990. The album is produced by Bill Drescher.

Powerhouse also features a new rhythm section consisting of Brian Wooten on lead guitar and Anthony Sallee on bass guitar. Mark Nemer played drums but this would be his only appearance on this album and touring. Former lead guitarist Gordon Kennedy provided backing vocals. White Heart continues their arena rock sound from their previous album Freedom with the title song and "Independence Day" becoming hits on Christian Rock radio while their ballads like "Desert Rose" and "Lay It Down" were hits on Christian radio (AC/CHR) stations. The album climbed to number 4 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart. White Heart was nominated for four Dove Awards for Group of the Year, Rock Album of the Year and Rock Recorded Song of the Year for the title song.

White Heart also released a 25-minute video on VHS called Live at the Power House featuring concert footage, music videos for "Independence Day" and "Desert Rose" and interviews. It was nominated for Long Form Music Video of the Year.

Track listing

1. Independence Day (Billy Smiley, Mark Gersmehl, Rick Florian) -5:39

2. Powerhouse (Billy Smiley, Mark Gersmehl, Brian Wooten, Anthony Sallee,

Mark Nemer) -4:32

3. Desert Rose (Billy Smiley, Mark Gersmehl, Rick Florian) -4:43

4. Lovers and Dreamers (Billy Smiley, Mark Gersmehl, Rick Florian, Tommy Sims)


5. Nailed Down (Billy Smiley, Mark Gersmehl, Brian Wooten, Dale Oliver) -5:11

6. Messiah (Mark Gersmehl) -5:21

7. A Love Calling (Billy Smiley, Mark Gersmehl, Mark Nemer) -6:26

8. Answer the Call (Billy Smiley, Mark Gersmehl) -4:46

9. Storyline (Billy Smiley, Mark Gersmehl) -4:22

10. Lay It Down (Billy Smiley, Mark Gersmehl) -5:00


White Heart:

Rick Florian -lead vocals, backing vocals

Mark Gersmehl -keyboards, co-lead vocals on track 6, lead vocals on track 10, backing vocals

Billy Smiley -rhythm and acoustic guitars, backing vocals

Brian Wooten -lead and rhythm guitars

Anthony Sallee -bass guitar

Mark Nemer -drums, percussion

Radio singles

1991 "Desert Rose" -#2 Christian CHR, #8 Christian AC

1991 "A Love Calling" -#12 Christian CHR, #13 Christian AC

1991 "Lay It Down" -#1 Christian CHR, #15 Christian AC

1992 "Storyline" -#10 Christian CHR, #10 Christian AC

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