January 27, 2017
Surrender is a beautiful album that reflects a person’s need for God and His love. It’s more than a collection of songs—it’s a string of prayers, hope, and truth that is organic and relatable on a very deep level.
With a clear, powerful, and soothing voice, Vaughn sings with heart that leads a listener to that true place of faith, hope, and worship. Need I mention the stunning lyrics? Vaughn is an artist that has successfully combined R&B with pop to create a unique blend that can be donned the Vaughn Style. Most definitely an artist to watch. It won’t be long before he becomes a brand. Finally, I’d be sorely disappointed if the song, If I Trust In You, doesn’t appear in the next Wow release…yeah, it’s that good.
*Though I offer this review to the public, it’s my opinion and simply that. My thanks to DREAM Records for a private download link that allowed me access to the Surrender Album in exchange for my honest opinion.
About Joel Vaughn
Joel Vaughn is a singer/songwriter based out of Nashville, TN. Growing up in the South, Joel was influenced by many different genre’s but none were closer to his heart than pop and contemporary music. Joel started singing in his local church at the age of seven and he has kept going ever since. Known as “the singer” of an all-musical family, Joel originally taught himself to play guitar at age 14, simply to keep up with his siblings, all of whom played instruments. But his love of playing didn’t stop at guitar, and he also decided to pick up the drums and piano as well. By the time he was a high-school senior, he was writing songs & playing whatever musical instruments he could get his hands on.
Joel studied at West Texas A&M University, and he began to lead worship for student ministries and churches in the area. Over the last 12 years as a worship leader in Texas, he has released three independent albums. All of these albums featured the rock and worship styles that he grew up with, but as he continued to progress, his music began to mature and he began to create songs that leaned more toward the contemporary pop genre.
While his label debut EP, Kinetic showed Joel in a whole new light garnering his first top 20 Billboard Christian Hot AC / CHR single for “Wide Awake”, his sophomore release, Surrender shows an even more evolved sound — with deeper lyrics, soaring vocals, and haunting melodies.
His southern drawl, humility, and nice boy looks remind you where he comes from, but his sound will show the world where Joel Vaughn is headed. Settling in to deeper and modern music —Joel’s voice truly shines and it is clear that he is home.