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Tales of Wonder (1992)

Updated: Jan 20

Tales of Wonder is the eighth studio album by the Christian rock band White Heart, released in 1992 on Star Song Records.

It is their second album on the Star Song label and the first to feature new drummer Jon Knox, although former drummer Chris McHugh was brought in to play drums on all tracks, except for "Vendetta" which Knox play drums on and co-wrote the final song on the album called "Morningstar." A full-length version of the song can be heard on their 1994 compilation album Nothing But The Best: Radio Classics. Tales of Wonder was produced by White Heart founders Mark Gersmehl and Billy Smiley with Brown Bannister serving as a production consultant. Bannister previously produced the band's 1989 album Freedom. Every track on Tales of Wonder charted on both Christian Rock and Radio (AC/CHR) charts, except "Morningstar" and "Gabriella." A music video was made for the song "Unchain" featuring the new line-up including Knox.

The album peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart. In 1993, White Heart earned their second Grammy Award nomination, their first since 1984, for Best Rock Gospel Album and was nominated for three Dove Awards for Group of the Year, Rock Album of the Year and Rock Recorded Song of the Year for "His Heart Was Always In It."

Track listing

All tracks written by Billy Smiley and Mark Gersmehl, except where noted.

1. Raging of the Moon -5:17

2. His Heart Was Always In It (Billy Smiley, Mark Gersmehl, Brian Wooten) -4:14

3. Unchain -4:58

4. Say the Word -3:55

5. Who Owns You -4:42

6. Where the Thunder Roars -4:59

7. Silhouette (Billy Smiley, Mark Gersmehl, Brian Wooten) -4:41

8. Vendetta (Billy Smiley, Mark Gersmehl, Brian Wooten, Anthony Sallee) -3:54

9. Gabriela -4:41

10. Light a Candle -6:04

11. Morningstar (Billy Smiley, Mark Gersmehl, Jon Knox) -1:46


White Heart:

Rick Florian -lead vocals, backing vocals

Mark Gersmehl -keyboards, recorder, handbell on track 10, co-lead vocals on tracks 3 and 4, lead vocals on track 9, backing vocals

Billy Smiley -rhythm and acoustic guitars, backing vocals

Brian Wooten -lead, rhythm and acoustic guitars

Anthony Sallee -bass and fretless bass guitars

Jon Knox -drums on track 8

(Chris McHugh -drums on all tracks except track 8)

Radio singles

1992 "Say the Word" -#1 Christian CHR, #4 Christian AC

1992 "Unchain" -#2 Christian CHR, #13 Christian AC

1993 "Light a Candle" -#2 Christian CHR

1993 "Silhouette" -#1 Christian CHR, #16 Christian AC

1993 "Where the Thunder Roars -#3 Christian CHR

Previous release: Powerhouse (1990)

Next release: Highlands (1993)

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