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Deep Enough to Dream - Click to view! It was in 1997 when we first heard the voice of Chris Rice. He was not new to the music scene, having written the hit song “Live by Faith” for Kim Hill in 1995. But when he made his first album, he was singing his hits on his own. A wealth of insights into God and His character, Deep Enough to Dream was quite a pleasant surprise.

Right from the beginning of this album Chris dazzles his audience with his skills in the art of songwriting. The smooth and simple sounds of the title track start this album with heavenly guitar riffs and Chris’s peaceful words telling of his dream of heaven: “I join a billion people for the wedding feast, I reach up and touch the face of the one who made me. Oh the love I feel…” Diving deeper into the depths of this love, “Sometimes Love” gazes at Christ’s cross in grateful awe at the sacrifice made for us. “He knew the price that love required, and he laid down his own desires, stretched out His hands to save His friends and said no other love was higher.”

The radio hit “Clumsy” frames Chris’s sense of humor by playfully pointing out his shortcomings. Listeners can easily relate to his groans: “I get so clumsy, I get so foolish I get so stupid and then I feel so useless.” But the song goes on to show the worth that is given to us by our Father.

Even with all of God’s immense Love, we still find ourselves “Prone to Wander.” This fifth track skillfully mixes vocals with the acoustic guitar-driven melody, while the lyrics lament the way our sinful nature separates us from our Father. Yet, He in His mercy still comes to save us. The quiet “I Need a Hero” cries out to the Father, begging Him to “Fly to my rescue, and crash through the wall, announce my freedom and bring me to my senses.” With a soft jazz piano and restful rhythms “I Need a Hero” wraps up the album in a sophisticated fashion.

Chris Rice has sought the heart of God, and it is a pleasure to listen as he shares what he has found. Comfortable music masterfully combined with lyrical insights make Deep Enough to Dream a treasure that should not be missed.
- Melissa Miles
May 2, 2002
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