The year 2011 was a great year in music with not only the major players coming out to play but the independents battling it out with equally impressive material. Unfortunately, two key releases of 2011 were not given the opportunity to even be considered as neither artist felt compelled to send their material. Sadly, the two artists have exercised this option in the past but I cannot review what I do not receive.
On the positive side, despite the major players making their presence, it was the giant independent Paul Cardall who released not only the most impressive creation of 2011 but also his best to date. Supplemented with a DVD that encompassed not only his struggles with his failing health but also the joy of seeing his faith, family support and restored health capped off with filmed concert of his triumphant return to stage.
I would also like to make honorable mention to three 2010 releases that were not heard until 2011 that would not make them eligible for the 2011 Top Picks. They would be David Arkenstone’s Echoes of Creation, Andy McKee’s Joyland and Stephen Moccio’s Color. And again to the artists willing to risk a critique, thank you for the opportunity as I consider it an honor.