What Light Is All About

If you combined the spiritual passion of Point of Grace, the gorgeous harmonies of the Corrs, and the acoustic flair of the Dixie Chicks with a dash of Dolly Parton's Appalachian charm, you'd have Ala

If you combined the spiritual passion of Point of Grace, the gorgeous harmonies of the Corrs, and the acoustic flair of the Dixie Chicks with a dash of Dolly Parton's Appalachian charm, you'd have Alathea (pronounced ah-LAY-thee-uh; the Greek word for truth). The trio (Carrie Theobald, Mandee Radford, and Cristi Johnson) refers to its sound as "popalachian," a wonderful fusion of mountain influences, pop sensibilities, and faith-inspired lyrics. The opening cut, "Indian Creek," is awash in dobro, cello, and banjo and boasts beautifully poetic lyrics. Among the other stand-outs are "Smiled on Me," "Runaway Heart," and "Always." Rocketown, which prides itself on introducing vibrant new music to the Christian music community, has another winner on its hands with this sterling debut.—DEP