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Blessed Be Your Name: The Hits by Tree63

Reviewed by Adrian B. Martinez

"Includes favorites like “Treasure”, “Over & Over Again”, “Look What You’ve Done”, and “I Stand for You”..."

You ever get some music from a friend with the disclaimer, “You are just going to love them”? You are certain you’ve never heard of this “must hear band”. Then the minute you push play, familiarity comes to light and you say, “Oh, that’s them!! I love this song.”

That is what happened when I listened to Tree63’s greatest hits entitled Blessed be Your Name. How could this group have been around for a decade already? Starting things off with their breakout recording of the Matt Redman hit, “Blessed Be Your Name”, they have culled songs from each of their past discs and have included a song from their forthcoming 2008 release entitled Sunday.

Forming in 1996 as the “unnamed” band, John Ellis (vocals, guitar and piano), Darryl Swart (drums) and Daniel Ornellas (bass) did not come up with the name Tree63 until necessity slipped in. They were scheduled to perform in their home country of Duban, South Africa when founder John Ellis was standing under a “Tree”…Bingo. The numerical part of their name came in 2000, due to a naming conflict with an American band and to coincide with the release of their second album TREE63 (From the Psalm 63) …Tree63 was born.

In addition to 2000’s Tree63, the 12-tracks of the Hits also includes cuts from The Life and the Times of Absolute Truth (2002), The Answer to the Question (2004) and Worship Volume One: I Stand for You (2005).

With favorites like “Treasure”, “Over & Over Again”, “Look What You’ve Done”, and “I Stand for You”, my only criticism is that they have only included one live track. While it is an incredible version of Amazing Grace, I was left wanting more. So I guess that was the point.

Coming full circle, while you may be like me and have that favorite song, but for the life of you the name of the artist just slips your mind, I am betting that the music of Tree63 is sitting somewhere in your psyche. Now you can go out and get their hits to date and wait for Sunday (just released).

Adrian B. Martinez: "Music and Movies, Movies and Music, always the twain shall meet" is Adrian B. Martinez's motto; a displaced New Yorker living in Connecticut. A complete Movie nut, Adrian was responsible for writing movie synopsis' for Loews Movie Theater's for over 5 years. At any given time that would be a synopsis for over 25 movies in one week. Whew! Nowadays, she is a regular in the Press area for the Creation Festival and Purple Door Festival. To keep her in the lifestyle she has become accustomed, she does web-design for DelMonico Hatter in New Haven, Ct. and serves as a Supervisor for the Hartford Civic Center, also in Ct. An avid traveler, Adrian has been to Europe numerous times and can be seen criss-crossing the United States in her re-furbished 1974 Orange Volkswagen Vanagon which has allowed her to participate in her favorite past-time, meeting new people….When she does take the time to stop, she spends her time with a very handsome man that goes by the name of Zorro. He can be seen sleeping on the couch, bed, bathing in the sunlight on a window ledge or anywhere else that he deems comfortable. Zorro of course, is her cat.