Monday, October 02, 2006

Don Potter - Now Is The Time (2001)

Artist: Don Potter
Album: Now Is The Time
Format: Audio CD
Bitrate: 192 kbps

Track Listing:
01. Love Never Fails
02. Enlarge Your Tent
03. Little Did I Know
04. I See
05. Give Them Up
06. Prisoner
07. Now Is The Time

Album Review

Now is the Time by Don Potter is a live worship experience. Portions recorded at the Hard Rock LIVE in Orlando, Florida.

Don Potter, a life-long guitarist, songwriter, singer and musical forerunner, has journeyed through concert stages, studios and church sanctuaries to the forefront of a newly emerging genre (type) of music. This musical journey progressed from rock'n roll nightclubs to folk and jazz coffee houses and on to Nashville studios. The Holy Spirit has infused Don's musical heritage to produce a unique yet somehow familiar sound.

Don is a pioneer in the release of "Spontaneous Spirit Praise" -the natural, authentic expression of God's Spirit within us demonstrated through music. Don's heart is to see musicians released, both in the church and in the world, seeing their gifts and talents used with excellence while being lead by the Holy Spirit.

Don's musical journey began at his father's knee, where he learned to play by watching his father's face. A raised eyebrow signaled, "right", a frown signaled "wrong". Don's grandmother, a spirit-filled woman of prayer, foresaw God's musical destiny in her six-year-old grandson. With her daughter and son-in-law, Grandma Greene dedicated Don and his fledgling gifts to God and His purposes. Unaware of God's purpose for his life, don set about to accomplishing his own version...playing guitar and watching for that "look" of approval.

Though he had measures of "success", something was missing. Ironically, it was the face of a nightclub bouncer that caused Don to ask, "What is that look II see on your face?" It was a look of joy, peace and pleasure that was missing on his own face. The bouncer's smiling reply was "It's Jesus". This simple statement prompted a search for His Father's face. It wasn't long until he found the way to the One he was looking for.

Don has been a musical support to such notable artists as Faith Hill, Lyle Lovett, Bob Seager, Sting, Aaron Neville, and a host of others. He has been a catalyst to three of the music industry's top acts at the birthing of their new sound: Chuck Mangione and his signature soft jazz sound, Don Hill's legendary love-ballad "Sometimes When We Touch", and the mother daughter duo later referred to as the Judds, Naomi and Wynonna. God is still using Don as his catalyst to release that new sound.

He has had the privilege of playing before thousands in concert settings and worship gatherings. But Don has already found what he is looking for... that "look" of approval and pleasure as seen in the face of his heavenly Father as he praises the Lord Jesus Christ.

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