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Vital Signs (1984)

Updated: Sep 30, 2023


Vital Signs is the second studio album by the Christian rock group White Heart,

released in 1984 on Home Sweet Home Records.


Vital Sings features Scott Douglas as the new lead vocalist replacing Steve Green, who left White Heart in 1983 after their self -titled album was released. Green does provide backing vocals on the group's first number one hit "We Are His Hands" featuring Douglas on lead vocals. Green was one of the choir vocalists on the song, along with Amy Grant, Russ Taff, Bob Farrell of Farrell and Farrell, Kathy Troccoli and many others. "We Are His Hands" was ranked at number 92 from CCM Magazine's 2006 book The 100 Greatest Songs in Christian Music.


The album peaked at number nine on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart. White Heart produced the album themselves. This would be the final album to feature Dann Huff as guitarist and vocalist.


Track listing


1. Sing Unto the Lamb (Billy Smiley, Dann Huff, Mark Gersmehl) -3:19

2. Draw the Line (Billy Smiley, Mark Gersmehl, Dwight Liles) -4:43

3. Walking in the Light (Billy Smiley, Mark Gersmehl)– 4:04

4. Carried Away (Safe on the Wings of the Lord) (Billy Smiley, Mark Gersmehl, Steve Chapman) -4:26

5. Quiet Love (Billy Smiley, Mark Gersmehl) –3:58

6. Following the King (Billy Smiley, Mark Gersmehl) – 4:11

7. Let Your First Thought Be Love (Billy Smiley, Mark Gersmehl, Dann Huff) – 3:59

8. Undercover (Billy Smiley, Mark Gersmehl) –4:00

9. Vital Signs (Billy Smiley, Mark Gersmehl, Dann Huff, Gary Lunn) –3:56

10. We Are His Hands (Mark Gersmehl) -4:29


Personnel


White Heart:

Scott Douglas -lead vocals, backing vocals

Billy Smiley -piano, acoustic guitar, lead vocals on track 9 , backing vocals, arrangements

Mark Gersmehl -keyboards, synthesizers, lead vocals on tracks 2 and 8, backing vocals, arrangements

Dann Huff -lead guitar, acoustic guitar, co-lead vocals on tracks 3 -7, backing vocals, arrangements

David Huff -drums, percussion

Gary Lunn -bass guitar


Radio singles

1984 "Following the King" -#29 Christian AC/CHR

1984 "We Are His Hands -#1 Christian AC/CHR


Previous release: White Heart (1982)

Next release: Hotline (1985)


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