LO'S PICK OF THE DAY - "Hold On" by Matthew Ward

 


Originally featured on Inside MusiCast 

My last pick has been the most difficult. I thought I had it all picked out and then my friend Kevin Grady played this on his radio station; The Gospel According to Music. Don't get me wrong, I am in love with IMC Radio. But every now and then, I venture off for inspiration for future Picks here on Inside MusiCast.

Matthew Ward is founding member along with his sisters Annie Herring and Nelly Greisen of early Jesus Movement's "2nd Chapter of Acts," which has been around since they were teenagers in the early 70's. Matthew has an incredibly soulful side to him and it shows on this recording from his first solo project in 1979; "Toward Eternity" 

Written by sister Anne Herring, her husband; producer Buck Herring and Michael Omartian this song is like the epitome of late 1970's AM Pop radio.

On Guitar are the masters; Jay Graydon & Ray Parker Jr.

Michael Omartian arranges the most amazing EWF style horns as well as plays piano on the Fender Rhodes. I just wish I knew who was playing the horns. They are awesome!

The funky disco bass is by Scotty Edwards (Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, Hues Corporation, Tavares, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Boz Scaggs and so many others).

Drums are by David Kemper (Jay Gruska, Andrew Gold, Glen Campbell, Orleans, Wendy Waldman, Stevie Nicks and again, so many others).

I have to make mention to David's drumming style. I LOVE IT!!! It's like he adds that something extra, especially during the verses. Plus, I love the tone. And with the slappin' bass, it's so disco! There is just no way to type this when all I want to do is get up and move.

Jay, Ray, David, Scotty and Michael are a dream team on this track. Dang, I think I've listened to this over and over about 20 times or more today. Just to feel the groove.

Matthew's high tenor vocals are perfect for this song. The guy gets DOWN on his singing. Backing harmonies are equally as great.

This is perfect for a Friday and our start to the weekend. Enjoy!

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