The Edge of the Divine
Surviving personal upheavals and professional challenges, Sandi Patty continues to find new ways to express a God-centered message after 30-plus years of recording. The Edge of the Divine — her first album of new material in seven years — is a welcome return by one of Christian music’s most recognizable voices. Producer Chance Scroggins (Point of Grace, Mandisa, Addison Road) brings a fresh studio perspective, particularly on the upbeat tracks. “Faith Dancing” and “Times Like These,” for instance, invite comparisons with the galloping dance-pop of Krystal Meyers and Britt Nicole. On “Makes Me Wanna Pray,” Patty puts some growl into her take on an R&B groove tune. The singer’s early struggles with self-esteem add a special poignancy to the ballads “Worthy” and “When Life Gets Broken” (the latter a duet with Point of Grace’s Heather Payne). "All to Bring You Glory” (a Broadway-esque piece swathed in strings) and a contemporary version of the timeless hymn “A Mighty Fortress of Our God” allow Patty to show off her powerhouse vocals to full advantage.