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Surrender by Christina Paul

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Surrender by Christina Paul

Reviewed by Adrian B. Martinez

"...an inspiring worship album bursting with personal events, firmly based in the Scripture."

Okay, I’ll admit it. At first listen, Christina Paul’s US debut “Surrender” was enjoyable enough, but nothing that blew me away. Once again, let me stress at first listen.

This young Indian Christian singer/composer/songwriter certainly is not being shy in expressing her love of and dedication to Christ on her first English album. “Music has touched my heart throughout my life and I believe that God is paving the way for me to connect with people through this scripture based music.” “I wanted to write about the power of God,” She says, “and about his amazing love and his never ending grace.”

Born in India to parents who were Christian recording artists, Christina began traveling with them throughout the country singing at a very young age. Knowing that God had placed music in her life, she shares that she soon found out that even when God has given you the plans for your life, you still need to be “…taught how to be completely reliant on Him through life’s journey of ups and downs.”

Simply put, “Surrender” is an inspiring worship album bursting with personal events, firmly based in the scripture. Christina’s amazing soprano is reminiscent of early Sandi Patti and Cynthia Clawson. The depth of her lyrics makes you want to surrender your heart in worship. Take the song “Let it Go”, where she sings, “You might be going through a rough time or your world could even be completely upside down. I can tell you, even promise you he will never let you down. He is waiting to hold you in his tender arms of love.” Upon hearing that song, I immediately recalled the Cynthia Clawson classic, “You’re Welcome Here”. A song of simple invitation to God, an invitation made of a pure and open heart.

Luckily for me, I did not miss out on the blessing of her gift and took that second listen. Christiana wanted to give God the best and do the best she can, with “Surrender” . . . she succeeded.

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.