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White Heart (1982)

Updated: Sep 30, 2023


White Heart is the debut studio album by the Christian rock band White Heart, released in 1982 on Home Sweet Home Records.


It is the first and only album to feature Gaither Vocal Band vocalist Steve Green on lead vocals. Green would leave the band after the album's release saying that rock music was not his style vocally. He would go on to be a successful inspirational singer in the vein of Sandi Patty and release his first solo album in 1984. Patty sings co-lead vocals with lead guitarist Dann Huff on the track "Everyday" and Michael W. Smith played piano and co-wrote on the track "Black is White." The album is produced by members Huff and Billy Smiley. White Heart climbed to number 10 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart in 1983. The band earned their first Grammy Award nomination in 1984 for Best Gospel Performance by a Duo or Group at the 26th Grammy Awards and was nominated for a Dove Award for Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year at the 15th GMA Dove Awards. The song "He's Returning" featuring vocals by Green and Huff was one of their earliest hits.


Track listing


1. Hold On (Mark Gersmehl) -3:41

2. You're the One (Billy Smiley, Mark Gersmehl) –4:00

3. Listen to the Lonely (Billy Smiley, Mark Gersmehl) –3:57

4. He's Returning (Mark Gersmehl) – 4:24

5. Carry On (Billy Smiley, Mark Gersmehl) – 3:55

6. Guiding Light (Billy Smiley) – 3:22

7. Everyday (with co - lead vocals by Sandi Patty) (Billy Smiley, Dann Huff, Gary McSpaddon) -5:02

8. Nothing Can Take This Love (Billy Smiley) –3:59

9. Black is White (Billy Smiley, Michael W. Smith, Gary McSpaddon) -3:16

10. Go Down Ninevah (Billy Smiley) –4:45


Personnel


White Heart:

Steve Green -lead vocals, backing vocals

Billy Smiley -rhythm guitar, keyboards, lead vocals on tracks 6 and 10, backing vocals, producer

Mark Gersmehl -keyboards, synthesizers, organ on track 8, backing vocals

Dann Huff -lead guitar, co-lead vocals, backing vocals, producer

David Huff -drums, percussion

Gary Lunn -bass guitar


Radio singles

1983 "He's Returning" -#34 Christian AC/CHR

1983 "Carry On -#23 Christian AC/CHR


Next release: Vital Signs (1984)


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