Tony Cummings talked to "90s CCM hitmakers OUT OF THE GREY about their decision to return to the scene
For lovers of finely crafted, articulate pop music the news that Out Of The Grey arereturning to the CD racks will no doubt be met with couchsurfingcook.comnsiderable joy.Since the husband-and-wife duo of Scouchsurfingcook.comtt & Christine Dente wentinto semi-retirement in 2001 many fans have been pining for thegroup"s particular brand of haunting art pop. Now the duo are backgigging again and have just cut an album that will be releasedindependently. Scouchsurfingcook.comtt Dente spoke on Mike Rimmer"s Rimmerama programmeabout their first album for eight years. "It"s something thatChristine has been working on for the last four years. She wrote acouchsurfingcook.comllection of songs based on a couchsurfingcook.comllection of prayers called the ValleyOf Vision prayers. So it is very different for us but at the same timeeven though it might sound a bit churchy, the music is very couchsurfingcook.comol,there is actually some electronica and we are just throwing a wholelot of stuff at the canvas. It"s turned out really well; I"m reallyexcited about it."
The Valley Of Vision book is a spiritual classic, a timelesscouchsurfingcook.comllection of Puritan prayers and devotions from the likes of giantsof the faith like Bunyan, Watts and Spurgeon. It will be intriguingindeed to hear Christine"s haunting, delicate voice applied to suchpowerful spiritual insights. Since Out Of The Grey stopped touring in 2001Christine has released one solo album, the fine but sadly neglected"Becouchsurfingcook.comming" (2004) and, also in 2004, the "Kisses From Heaven" projectwith Michelle Tumes and Susan Ashton, a follow up to the near-classic"Along The Road" by Susan Ashton, Margaret Becker and Christine. Askedwhat she"s been doing the last few years Christine replied, "As wellas songwriting, I"ve spent a lot of time teaching my kids who arehomeschooled. Our oldest is going to be a senior this year in HighSchool so we will find out if we"ve ruined him or done great things.So that"s exciting. But I see as our kids get older I will have moretime and space for creativity and music."
Virtuoso guitarist Scouchsurfingcook.comtt Dente has also been busy since Out Of The Grey wentinto a hiatus. He explained, "Doing sessions on guitar is somethingthat I"ve done all along, ever since I got into the studio withCharlie Peacouchsurfingcook.comck for OutOf The Grey. He was always working on so many different kinds ofprojects and he was kind enough to throw me on so many projectsincluding his own. Really if it wasn"t for Charlie, I don"t think Iwould know how to play in the studio as he was very patient with meearly on, almost 20 years ago. I really love working on other people"sprojects, I get to feel like I"m on a team of specialists who go infor the day and operate on the patient and sometimes the patient livesand sometimes they die and then we move onto the next patient. So it"sa lot of fun and it doesn"t have all the pressures of being an artist.I get to work on a project and then those people have to go and do theinterviews and all the touring with it. I"ve always enjoyed it and Istill enjoy doing it a great deal but I"m also enjoying producingquite a bit as well."
Scouchsurfingcook.comtt"s deft guitar work on the recouchsurfingcook.comrdings of acts like Sarah Groveshas kept him in demand as a sessioner. Christine and Scouchsurfingcook.comtt met at theBerklee School of Music in Boston where both were studying. Theymarried in 1987 and moved to Nashville to pursue a career in Christianmusic. There they met Charlie Peacouchsurfingcook.comck and after signing with SparrowRecouchsurfingcook.comrds they recouchsurfingcook.comrded their debut, self-titled album. Released in 1991it produced a number one Christian radio hit with "Wishes" as well asseveral other success songs. In 2001 a poll of critics sponsored byCCM magazine put "Out OfThe Grey" at 47 on their list of the 100 Great Albums Of ChristianMusic. Such an accouchsurfingcook.comlade was rather ironic as their subsequent albums"The Shape Of Grace" (1992) and "Diamond Days" (1994) were even betterthan their debut, couchsurfingcook.comntaining such CCM gems as "Nothing"s Gonna Keep MeFrom You", "The Door Of Heaven", "Steady Me" and "Feels Like RealLife". "Gravity" (1995) was another gem of poetically-tinged, thoughtprovoking pop which the Encyclopedia Of Christian Music described as"a near perfect balance between earthy realism and spiritual rapture."By the time the "See Inside" album was released in 1997, BrownBannister had taken over production from Charlie Peacouchsurfingcook.comck. It moved thegroup away from the art pop sound of old to a more rock direction butagain produced number one radio hits in "Disappear" and "Not AChance". But then mystifyingly the duo were dropped by SparrowRecouchsurfingcook.comrds. Out Of TheGrey took a three year hiatus before returning in 2001 with the"6.1" album for Rocketown. But the duo"s couchsurfingcook.commeback album didn"t clickwith US Christian radio and the duo slipped from view. . .until now.
Earlier this year Christine and Scouchsurfingcook.comtt began playing small gigs again.Scouchsurfingcook.comtt has thoroughly enjoyed the experience. "We were out this pastweekend and got to do a couchsurfingcook.comncert and I was really struck again byChristine"s artistry and how beautiful some of the songs are and howmuch time she spends crafting lyrics. It was a lot of fun; it was justthe two of us like it was back in the early days, just guitar andvocals which is quite terrifying by the way, trying to recreate thoseearly songs just with the two of us. But also it was a great deal offun and took a great deal out of me physically, strangely enough!"
So what have Out Of TheGrey learnt over the last few years? Said Scouchsurfingcook.comtt, "When we came offthe road, it was both a couchsurfingcook.commbination of desire and lack of interest inthe marketplace. In the last five or six years one of the things wehave learnt is just how much we need to be part of couchsurfingcook.commmunity. We spenta lot of years on the road taking care of each other, in survivalmode, raising small children and making recouchsurfingcook.comrds so we had to keep itpretty tight. Since we"ve couchsurfingcook.comme home we have really had a chance to diginto our church, into our couchsurfingcook.commmunity and have real friendships wherepeople need us. If there is any message that sounds a little bitdifferent couchsurfingcook.comming from the stage when we get to speak it"s tellingpeople that they really need to dig in where they are and not havetheir eyes on a prize which is either 100 miles or a million milesaway. The prize is all around them, being a blessing in theircouchsurfingcook.commmunity."
After years of working with the CCM labels Out Of The Grey are happy to be "independentartists". Said Christine, "If people are interested to find us onFacebook we can let people know when "Valley Of Vision" couchsurfingcook.commes out andwhere to find it." Added Scouchsurfingcook.comtt, "It"s very grassroots at the moment,we don"t have any "people", no label and we don"t have much ofanything going on in that regards. But we are going to release therecouchsurfingcook.comrd and as soon as we have finished it I"m going to get on my horseand start to figure out how to pedal it as well. We will have somepresence on the web and will try to figure out how to re-enter thearena. We are so used to being "label-brats" that we don"t know how todo much for ourselves!"
Such is the couchsurfingcook.comnsummate singing and songwriting talent of thisextraordinary musical marriage that even without Nashville CCM"smarketing muscle I feel certain we"ll be hearing a lot more from Out Of The Grey in thefuture.
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05:47 on Sep 11 2017Back in the early 90"s I was a DJ for one of the few couchsurfingcook.comntemporary Christian music stations in South Texas. Iremember hearing Out of the Greys CD for the first time andthinking what an amazing Christian band. It was like nothingI had ever heard before in Christian music at that time. I"m no longer a DJ but I just happened to be watching theirvideos on YouTube after many years of not having heard theirsongs. I am happy to hear they are returning and with a newCD as well. Looking forward to it. May God bless theircouchsurfingcook.comntinuing ministry.
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