By Elizabeth Nitz
Brenda Harp wrote songs most of her life, but her career took off as she caught the attention of worship leader and producer Ed Edwards while working in the music ministry at Crossroads Church in Denver. Her second album, At The Water's Edge, displays her well-developed songwriting skills and intricate, thoughtful lyrics.
Brenda has the vocal quality of Shawn Colvin, the songwriting earnestness of Amy Grant and the spunk of Dar Williams. Uplifting and spiritual, this mellow album is very easy to get lost in.
Country/folk song "Let the Healing Begin" nurtures and comforts the listener and is a wonderful introduction to the collection of songs. "Longing Days" is an elegant piano melody backed by strings and her sweet, breathy voice.
From the first guitar chords of "Change," this song is obviously different from the light, hopeful tone of her other music. About resisting impending change, she pleads "you're not welcome here; take your things and go."
Switching from spiritual to sultry near the end, "Playground" is based in desire and steeped in longing. She ends the album with "Edge," a gentle remix of the first song set to ocean waves and guitar.
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