MP3 Due North - Follow Me
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GOSPEL: Contemporary Gospel, EASY LISTENING: Soft Rock
Follow Me is Due North's first album release. All of the songs are original Christian-rock and pop-rock tunes written by the duo known as Due North. The album features the incredible layered harmonies of vocalist Anna Jordan, and showcases the energetic guitar work of Bradley Ford.
All of the music for the album was written and performed by Ford, and all of the vocals were performed by lyricist Jordan.
Follow Me was truly a labor of love, and the efforts shine forth through the innovative and melodic music of Due North.
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Due North began in the fall of 1998 when vocalist/lyricist Anna Jordan handed a sheet of lyrics to her friend guitarist/songwriter Bradley Ford and said "See what you can do with these words".
Although Anna and Brad had known one another for several years, both Oklahoma City musicians were busy with their own respective musical projects. However, when Brad added music to the lyrics that Anna had written, "Let's Keep On" was born. The duo then spent time developing the song, and laying down tracks in Brad's studio. Even before the mix on their first song was completed, Brad began - and finished - writing the music to what would become "Light In Your Eyes". Anna composed lyrics to the song using a rewrite of a lyrical concept that she had written and stashed away several years earlier.
Following on their initial writing success, Brad presented Anna with rough music tracks to what would become "You'll Find Your Way Home" and "Your Voice". When Anna composed the lyrics and Brad began laying down the music tracks in the studio for these songs, it became obvious that something was happening and the duo was on a roll.
In early 1999 Brad presented Anna with the music for "Change of Heart". The music for that song had its roots in a dream that Brad had one night. Brad's wife, Jodie, found him working in his home studio in the middle of the night, frantically trying to capture what he had heard in his dream. Later, Anna's lyrics gave the song its real heart and soul, and in Anna's opinion, still represent one of her best works.
By this time, Brad and Anna began talking about the possibility of making an album. Of course the age-old problem of "what do we call ourselves?" came up. When Anna presented the name "Due North" to Brad, he immediately jumped at the notion.
Over time, people have pondered what meaning might lay behind the name. To Anna and Brad, "Due North" represents the endless quest for Christ, the direction of truth, and the journey through life to happiness that lies Due North. In an ironic twist of fate, the duo found out during the planning of their first photo session that the name "Due North" had another meaning. Photographer Vinnie Vitalie told them that the "shot" he had visualized for the duo is referred to as "due north". Vinnie had no idea of the duo's name when he was planning the shot. Some things are just meant to be.
During the fall of 1999, Brad completed the music and melody lines for the songs that would become, with Anna's lyrics, "Stand Up", "Faithful Love", and "Innocent World". In December of 1999, Due North released a Sampler CD with five cuts - all were early mixes of songs that would eventually find their way onto the "Follow Me" CD. The following winter would bring "Hold Out Your Hand", inspired by a trip to Florida by Anna and her husband Jeff. That song, and "Stand Up", would be released in very limited numbers as CD singles. Next, during the summer of 2000, Brad and Anna wrote "Follow Me", which would become the title cut for the album. Although Due North/Follow Me has been a long time coming, the duo feels that all things happen in their own time.
It is often difficult to see the road that lies ahead with all of its twists and turns. However, time sorts out the importance and meaning of events that are part of the journey of life. We are only beginning to see the road that lay ahead when Anna handed a sheet of paper to Brad and said "See what you can do with these words."
Now, we can see that this road heads Due North. Follow Me.
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