With "Grace Like Rain," Todd Agnew emerges on the contemporary Christian scene as a true force.
With "Grace Like Rain," Todd Agnew emerges on the contemporary Christian scene as a true force. A Texas native who now resides in Memphis, Agnew successfully blends pop, rock, blues and gospel on this impressive debut. An intelligent, insightful songwriter, Agnew possesses a commanding voice teeming with both passion and vulnerability. He reveals the latter on the plaintive "Shepherd," a poignant ballad about man's need for God. "Reached Down" is an edgy, exuberant ode to God's saving grace. "Lay It Down" is an infectious bluesy rocker that erupts into a gospel free-for-all. Other prime cuts include "Still Here Waiting," "Wait for Your Rain" and the album's high point, the beautiful power ballad "The Fragile Breath." For those who like their worship music with an abundance of guts and glory, welcome to Agnew's world.—DEP