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aLive in Florida
by Rebecca St. James

Reviewed by Tracy Darlington

"Rebecca comes aLIVE in this rich double header."

Performed in Ft. Myers Florida, Rebecca’s latest offering is a CD/DVD combo – the DVD being a live concert of her performing almost the same roster as the CD. You’ll get her Compassion International talk and her natural engagement of the audience on the DVD. Watching the DVD is just like being at one of Rebecca’s concerts, complete with her personal vignettes about things like kangaroos in her backyard in Australia and what she’s learned from the Swiss Alps. The colorful light show and close ups make it real. The DVD also features two music videos, “Forgive Me” and “God Help Me”, plus another shorter Compassion International plug.

Rebecca brings a lot of variety to the project, with brothers Joel and Luke helping out with the vocals on many cuts. If there is a theme, it could be true love songs, both sung for a certain someone (an old school friend or her future husband) as Rebecca croons about her doubts and devotion, and also her true love for her Savior. aLIVE in Florida has a worshipful feel, with Rebecca reminding us to give our all, our everything, to God.

The CD adds a bonus track - a funky, techno remix version of the earlier performed acoustic “You Are Loved”. This one really rocks. In fact, Rebecca’s sound seems to have grown more rocky and less Brittney. Her voice flows from a more nasal tone in the jazzy anthem “Wait For Me” to clear and pure. Her pitch is close to perfect throughout.

With the CD produced by Joel, and the executive producer being father David, the project is a true family affair, with sister Libby singing BGVs on “Blessed Be Your Name” as well. Rebecca takes a step back from the spotlight letting her brothers Joel and Luke perform their song “Without Love” from their as yet to be released CD. You’ll find it on both the CD and DVD.

Rebecca comes aLive in this rich double header. The CD alone would be a great deal, but add the DVD and you’ve got a real winner.

Tracy DarlingtonTracy Darlington is a freelance writer, and her work has appeared in Brio, Breakaway, YS, CCM Magazine, Insight, Susie Magazine, and other publications. She has interviewed countless Christian musicians including Rebecca St. James, Delirious, Newsboys, Leigh Nash, Barlowgirl, Krystal Meyers, Joy Williams, Pillar, Michelle Tumes, and many others. In her spare time she can be found riding horses or listening to music and sipping a Venti 3-shot sugar-free vanilla latte. Visit her online at her blog where she talks about Music, God, dogs and coffee. You can also look her up at Twitter and Facebook.