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Undivided (1986)


Undivided is the second studio album by the Christian music group First Call, released in 1986 on DaySpring Records. Released as a non-holiday album, Undivided is the first proper album by the trio produced by Greg Nelson, Keith Thomas, Dan Keen and Dick Tunney. It features a mix of contemporary pop, vocal jazz and big band. The album's debut single, the title song written by group member Melodie Tunney, became a hit on both the Christian AC and Christian Inspo charts and would become their signature song. "Undivided" was ranked at number 93 by CCM Magazine's 100 Greatest Songs in Christian Music and was nominated for a Dove Award for Song of the Year.


The album climbed to number 16 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart. First Call would win the Group of the Year title for the next two years at the Dove Awards and earned their first of four Grammy nominations for Best Gospel Performance by a Duo or Group. In 1987, Melodie Tunney and her husband Dick Tunney won two Dove Awards as songwriters winning the Song of the Year for the track "How Excellent is Thy Name" recorded by Christian gospel singer Larnelle Harris and Songwriter of the Year.


Track listing


1. Messiah (John Elliot, Mark Baldwin) -3:28

2. Undivided (Melodie Tunney) -4:15

3. Campmeetin' Tonight (Randall Dennis) -3:07

4. Bless Ye the Lord (Dan Keen, Justin Peters) -4:28

5. God is Greater (Greg Davis, Greg Fisher) -3:26

6. One Step at a Time (Billy Smiley, Mark Gersmehl) -3:01

7. Step of Faith (Dick and Melodie Tunney, Niles Borop) -3:15

8. The Future (Geoff and Becky Thurman) -4:09

9. Snap to It (Marty and Vicki McCall, James Ward) -2:34

10. Just As True for You (Billy Simon, Justin Peters) -4:15


Personnel


First Call:

Marty McCall -vocals

Bonnie Keen -vocals

Melodie Tunney -vocals


Production credits


Greg Nelson -producer (tracks 2, 6 and 7)

Keith Thomas -producer (tracks 3, 5 and 8)

Dan Keen -producer (tracks 4 and 9)

Dick Tunney -producer (tracks 1 and 10)


Accolades

Dove Award -1987, 1988 Group of the Year


Radio singles

1986 "Undivided" -#2 Christian AC

1986 "The Future" -#12 Christian CHR

1986 "Snap to It" -#19 Christian AC

1986 -1987 "The Messiah" -#9 Christian CHR, #33 Christian AC

1987 "Step of Faith" -#23 Christian AC



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