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Streams (1999)

Updated: Mar 31

Streams is a Christian compilation album released on June 1, 1999 by Word Records. Streams is a concept album focusing on pain and healing and is produced by Brent Bourgeois and Loren Balman.

The album highlights include a collaboration with 4Him and Jon Anderson (former lead singer of the progressive rock band Yes) on the track "The Only Thing I Need," a cover of Peter Gabriel's song "Don't Give Up" performed by Máire Brennan and Michael McDonald and "Breathe" performed by Sixpence None the Richer. English Christian band Delirious? records a new version of "Find Me in the River" with Amy Grant providing additional vocals. Other artists contributing on Streams include Jaci Velasquez, Point of Grace, Cindy Morgan and instrumental scores by the Irish Film Orchestra with arrangements and conducting by Carl Marsh.

The album debuted and peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart. An updated edition of the daily devotional Streams in the Desert by L. B. Cowman was also released as a companion book to the album. In 2000, Streams won the Dove Award for Special Event Album of the Year, given to the participating artists and producers Bourgeois and Balman at the 31st GMA Dove Awards. The album is listed at number 78 in CCM Magazine's 2001 book The 100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music.

Track listing

1. Job (Cindy Morgan) (Cindy Morgan, Loren Balman) -5:03

2. Don't Give Up (Máire Brennan and Michael McDonald) (Peter Gabriel) -6:52

3. Breathe (Sixpence None the Richer) (Leigh Nash) -4:07

4. Sanctuary (Chris Rodriguez) (Michael W. Smith, Mark Harris, Loren Balman)


5. Hold On (Michelle Tumes) (Cindy Morgan, Brent Bourgeois) -4:26

6. The Only Thing I Need (4Him and Jon Anderson) (Brent Bourgeois) -5:02

7. Find Me in the River (Delirious? with Amy Grant) (Martin Smith) -5:48

8. I Will Rest in You (Jaci Velasquez) (Michelle Tumes, Brent Bourgeois) -5:12

9. From Above (Burlap to Cashmere) (Steven Delopoulos) -5:16

10. Forever On and On (Point of Grace) (Gordon Kennedy, Jimmie Lee Sloas) -5:25

with the Irish Film Orchestra

11. For Cova (Cindy Morgan, Carl Marsh) -5:16

12. Abigail (Michael W. Smith, Carl Marsh) -4:44

13. Delaney McDowell (Martin Smith, Carl Marsh) -5:02

14. Streams (for John Cole) (Cindy Morgan, Carl Marsh) -5:49

Production credits

Brent Bourgeois and Loren Balman -producers (all tracks)

Delirious? and Lynn Nichols -co-producers (track 7)

Brown Bannister -co-producer (track 10)


Dove Award -Special Event Album of the Year (Streams)

Radio singles

1999 "Hold On" by Michelle Tumes -#1 Christian AC

1999 "The Only Thing I Need" by 4Him and Jon Anderson -#17 Christian CHR,

#2 Christian AC

1999 "I Will Rest in You" by Jaci Velasquez -#8 Christian AC

2000 "Breathe" by Sixpence None the Richer -#6 Christian CHR, #1 Christian AC

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