Review: Kerrie Roberts – My Heart’s Lifted EP

Kerrie RobertsSinger-songwriter Kerrie Roberts is back and with her latest EP, My Heart’s Lifted, the artist is delivering a message of hope to the brokenhearted. Boasting five songs of the artist’s signature radio-friendly pop and soul, the EP moves from a place of vertical worship to one of sincere encouragement, seeking to offer the message of grace to the hurting, returning them to a place of worship in the end. 

Roberts executive produced the independent record and is aided by Jeff Savage (tobyMac, Rachael Lampa) and Joshua Silverberg (Newsboys, Group 1 Crew, Edison Glass) as co-producers, who help to flesh out the artist’s soulful sounds. Roberts is also joined by a solid cadre of co-writers, with longtime collaborators Stephanie Lewis and Rusty Varenkamp joining Silverberg, Kipp Williams and Josh Bronleewe to help deliver Roberts’ messages of mercy and grace.

The title track leads things off with a slick, energetic vibe colored by Robert’s rich vocal delivery and the great lyric, “Weightless, I can still remember/The way I felt that day/When Your grace, glowin’ like an ember/Burned my past away,” in a vertical celebration of praise. Bright, jangly guitars and tight beats underscore the track’s bold message of joy and set the tone early.

With “The Broken Ones,” Roberts’ message becomes more pointed, her lyric sharing that “The Potter’s hand doesn’t make mistakes/But sometimes He lets us break” and offering grace to the fallen across an arrangement that features layered vocals and solid keyboard fills while “Seek Your Face” is buoyed by strings and some creatively programmed percussion, Roberts singing honestly of doubt and dissonance while finding hope in the truth of God within.

A solid dose of passion colors the artist’s vocals through the stirring “Come Back to Life,” the EP’s highlight track as she sings to those hurting, living in shame. She encourages them by sharing, “Don’t hold to pain to the hurt to the shame/That keeps coming back like a boomerang/There is grace that’s stronger/That holds on longer/Deeper than your wounds/So open up your eyes/The sun is gonna rise/You’re coming back to life,” supporting the words with a rich composition that is slick and radio-ready. And with the bright, Sara Bareilles-flavored piano pop of “Love Like You,” Roberts’ returns to a place of praise, celebrating the presence of God and longing to live like Him.

Kerrie Roberts’ My Heart’s Lifted is a five song set of pop-tinged inspiration, reaching out to the lost and the hurting. Her lyrics speak of deep truths, bringing strong encouragement and while at times the compositions lack a solid hook, the overall message resonates throughout and will no doubt serve to delight many a listener, new and old.

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