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Wide Open Spaces by FFH

Reviewed by Dale Lewis

"Fans will instantly connect with Jennifer and Jeromy’s signature harmonies and classic FFH pop sensibilities."

With a fresh perspective and a new sense of calling, Jeromy set about the serious task of creating Wide Open Spaces, the first new FFH album in three years. Fans will instantly connect with Jennifer and Jeromy’s signature harmonies and classic FFH pop sensibilities. Six of the ten tracks are produced by Jeromy while the other four are produced by Mitch Dane and include the sweet, lush sounds of the Dave Henry Orchestra.

I’m grateful Jeromy and Jennifer were obedient to God’s gentle calling after the self-imposed sabbatical and FFH’s final show in 2006. After 15 years of touring and all the extra stuff that surrounds that lifestyle, they were primed to burn out. Jeromy continued to write songs and the couple continued to lead worship as opportunities presented themselves. It was in December 2008 on their way back from leading worship in Georgia that Jeromy and Jennifer looked at one another and just knew. For more insights on their journey, please visit their website at ffh.net.

Although there are songs of lament, songs of joy and promise balance this new release from FFH. This is definitely not a melancholy album, just more reflective in its lyrical content. Whether Jeromy or Jennifer go solo within a song or unite in sweet harmony, their praise is authentic. Their yearning for God cries out in a road-weary humility.

The title cut “Wide Open Spaces” uses a meandering country-rock backdrop to accentuate its message of thriving during the desert times. The desire to reach beyond a tired routine is also clearly expressed.

From the first track “Undone,” a unique blend of choral chant and angelic anthem, to the joyful and upbeat rhythm of, “The Time of My Life,” to the heart-wrenching piano ballad, “Stop The Bleeding,” it is evident these songs rise from the ashes of struggle throughout the years. One of my favorite tracks is, “Hold Unto Me,” with its powerful organ strains and riffs. The need for being together and pushing forward on the journey is the lyrical backbone of this piece.

Jeromy insists that “FFH is a part of our lives again, but it is just a part . . . Jennifer and I are determined to live the kingdom lifestyle of putting our relationships first.”

Did FFH vanish into thin air? No, that’s just a perception. FFH is back with renewed passion to tell to all who will listen!

Dale Lewis now mans the front desk at the EFCA (The Evangelical Free Church of America) National Office in Minneapolis, MN. He was the graphic designer/pre-press production artist for over twelve years before being asked to step into this new role. Prior to that, he was the publications manager at his alma mater, Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN in the public relations office as well as the adviser to the college’s yearbook. He's a director/actor/writer for the Hope Church (Oakdale, MN) adult drama worship team and was the senior editor of the church newsletter. He's also written two collections of poetry, “Whispers of Assurance” and “On Life: Constant Communion Without Ceasing” as well as a devotional entitled “Eternal Education.” He and his family live in Oakdale, Minnesota.