Release Date: August 31st 2018
Reviewed by: Joshua Andre
Ginny Owens– Stand With Me (Single) (Amazon mp3/iTunes)
- Stand With Me
Ginny Owens is one of today’s most respected and prolific songwriters and singers, but if any of you aren’t familiar with how Ginny’s story can be such an inspiration to each one of us; then let me give you a quick rundown- I am certain that her life and her music will leave you all forever changed. Ginny Owens is blind, and has been since age 3. Yet this ‘setback’ hasn’t stopped her from creating inspiring and thought-provoking songs for us to be blessed by- doing what God has called her to do. Losing her sight at a very young age is probably a very scary thing to go through. I wouldn’t know, I haven’t had anything traumatic happen like that to me personally, but if you could close your eyes tight and imagine that that’s your life every day, every year; then that’s only a fraction of what Ginny goes through.
Yet you couldn’t and wouldn’t know the hardships she faces just from listening to her heartfelt and personal songs. That’s because Ginny makes lemonades out of the sourest lemon possible. Ginny has decided every time she releases a stellar and poignant album, not to let the devil win, and she has proved that God can turn adversity around for His glory. In her latest studio album Love Be The Loudest, which released to stores in 2016, we were treated to more musical pop and CCM than the standard introspective and reflective material we’re used to seeing and hearing; as Ginny showed us that there are no musical barriers, and when the Lord is in something, He’s in something, no matter what it looks like on the surface.
Ginny’s new single “Remind Me” which released earlier in 2018 carried on that trend, and so does the gospel infused latest single “Stand With Me”, which releases today worldwide. Having already released many Dove Award nominated and critically acclaimed albums, Ginny has composed and beautifully crafted her latest single, standing tall at just under 4 minutes; as we are blessed to hear a poignant, honest, inspiring melody where Ginny encourages us all to stand alongside our brothers and sisters in Christ. You know the saying ‘united we stand, but divided we fall’? That’s the essence of the message of this new melody, as the melody of solid gold is driven by light guitars and piano. Lyrically we are introduced to a melody about us being on the same side as our fellow believers- and as this song encourages us all to be plugged into a church and meet with members of the body; Ginny certain has recorded this track to perfection and aplomb- no doubt it is confronting as we need to examine our relationships with the people around us- however this track should also spur us on to do better if we haven’t already, or to keep doing what we’re doing if we’re on the right track.
Ginny Owens’ latest single “Stand With Me”, possibly one of the most honest and emotional tracks of 2018 thus far; is bountiful in passion and lyrical genius, as Ginny encourages us to walk with our brothers and sisters, and sit with them in their hurt rather than lecture them if they’ve made a mistake. Reminding me vocally of artists like Nicole C Mullen, Dara Maclean and Plumb; “Stand With Me” is a track made for reflection and personal mediation, as we continue to grasp and understand that with God and with each other, we can handle any adversity thrown at us. Well done Ginny for such a personal, emotional, and refreshing melody that has me excited for what you have in store next! How about the rest of you guys? Are you a Ginny Owens fan like myself?
RIYL: Plumb, Moriah Peters, Kerrie Roberts, Rebecca St. James, Dara Maclean, Nicole C. Mullen