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"Amazed" (title song) won the Song of the Year, Songwriter of the Year at the Unity Awards in Phoenix, AZ. The CD won Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year, Jake Souva won CD Packaging of the Year and Dave Smith won Producer of the Year. HOW AWESOME! I am truly humbled and amazed with this whole thing. Praise God!
Grand Award winner in the 2006 Songdoor songwriting competition!.
This, my third recording, looks great and sounds great (at least to me and my kids). Working with David Smith of ICON MUSIC STUDIO (and the group Crossed Hearts), on this album was a blessing. He made these songs sound awesome! We pulled out all the stops on this one... God has a wonderful way of surprising us by removing barriers. So many people gave so generously to make this album come together. Thank you so much!
"Amazed" is an album/experience that will make people feel joyful and excited about God. With strong, sincere vocals ranging from upbeat pop songs to touching ballads, “Amazed” has enough variety to make you want to listen to the whole CD again and again.
The title track of the album expresses Sean's "amazement" at the wonders of God's creation. Selecting it as the album title demonstrates how Sean felt God's hand in the project from beginning to end.
Sean shares, "It had been on my heart for awhile to make an album of all original music. God directed me to David Smith of Icon Music Studio who, as I like to say, 'loved my songs into coolness.' Dave helped my music mature and, listening to the final product, I am amazed myself and hope others will be too."
Some of Sean's music and lyrics spring from his experience as a liturgical musician. "Remember Me's" upbeat tempo and lush harmonies celebrate the Eucharist as the source and summit of our lives. In "Mary's Song" the acoustic guitar and heartfelt vocals celebrate Mary's acceptance of God's call in complete humility, trust and faith and that we can and should do the same. The Celtic influence of "Glory to God" proclaims the magnificence of our Lord.
Other songs are influenced by Sean's personal life. "I Will Carry You" poignantly shares the story of Sean's father and brother who cared for his mother during the final months of her fight with cancer. As a dad and a husband, Sean wrote this song as if God the Father were singing it to one of his hurting, lost, lonely or dying little ones.
Sean hopes Amazed will "lift people's spirits and give them a chance to be thankful for the blessings of life and love, for the joy in this world, for the gifts God has poured out on us through Jesus, the church, our faith, and our families. I hope people have a joyful listening experience. After listening to the CD, I hope they say, "That was great. Thank you God," and then hit replay."
The new CD is outstanding and for everybody on these chats I highly recommend this CD for all to hear. EVERYTHING about this CD is remarkable.. .oops I mean AMAZING!!!!! As everybody has been saying over the past year or so the bar needed to be raised...here it is! Sean God bless you and your family!!!! - Gary Gersin, Spirit Wing Records, Sacred Heart RadioCatholic Music 24/7
From the world of radio, I want to say that not only is this song beautiful lyrically, but musically it is one of the best I have heard in a long time. And I have 18 years' worth of CCM music filling my apartment right now, so I have a lot to compare it to! : ) I know that as Christian artists, it's not about competition and comparison, but as we are aiming to improve the quality of Catholic music, this is one example of how it's done! - Jim "O'Meara" Logue, Catholic Music Express