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Walls of Glass (1983)

Updated: Dec 15, 2023


Walls of Glass is the debut solo album by former Imperials lead singer and songwriter Russ Taff, released in 1983 on Myrrh/Word Records.


After he left The Imperials in 1981, Taff started work on his first solo album featuring songs that he co-wrote with his wife Tori and his guitarist and songwriter James Hollihan, Jr. "We Will Stand" was released as the first single and became his first Christian radio hit topping the Christian AC/CHR chart for 15 weeks. The song is ranked at number 29 by CCM Magazine's 2006 book 100 Greatest Songs in Christian Music. The album is produced by Bill Schnee.


Walls of Glass peaked at number five on Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart and Taff won his first solo Grammy Award (his fourth overall) for Best Gospel Performance, Male at the 26th Grammy Awards and won his first and only solo Dove Award for Male Vocalist of the Year (Taff won two Male Vocalist Doves as a member of the Imperials). "We Will Stand" was nominated for Song of the Year twice at the Dove Awards in 1984 and 1985.


Track listing


1. Tell Them (Russ Taff, James Hollihan, Jr.) -4:23

2. Walls of Glass (Russ Taff, Tori Taff, Keith Thomas, Raymond Brown) -3:57

3. I Want to Change (Russ Taff, Tori Taff, James Hollihan, Jr.) -5:05

4. Pure in Heart (Russ Taff, Tori Taff, Robbie Buchanan, Raymond Brown) -3:59

5. We Will Stand (Russ Taff, Tori Taff, James Hollihan, Jr.) -4:37

6. Jeremiah (Michael Omartian, Stormie Omartian) -4:02

7. Inside Look (Russ Taff, Tori Taff, James Hollihan, Jr., James Newton Howard) -4:01

8. Just Believe (Russ Taff, Tori Taff, James Hollihan, Jr.) -4:26

9. Kathryn's Song (Patti Roberts) -4:24

10. Unto the Lamb (Russ Taff, Tori Taff, Bill George) -2:42


Accolades

Grammy Award -Best Gospel Performance, Male (Walls of Glass)

Dove Award -Male Vocalist of the Year


Radio singles

1983 "We Will Stand" -#1 Christian AC/CHR for 15 weeks

1983 "Pure in Heart" -#35 Christian AC/CHR


Next release: Medals (1985)


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