Clear the Stage, the third album from Inpop artist Jimmy Needham, sees Needham paired with award-winning producer Ed Cash (Chris Tomlin, Laura Story) for his most compelling and vulnerable collection of songs to date. As the title cut implies, Clear the Stage is a call to absolute dependence on God. From the lead single, "If I Ever Needed Grace", to the anthemic "My Victory", the idea of acknowledging our need for God's mercy and grace is woven like a thread throughout the album. Musically the album visits much that is familiar to fans of Needham's previous albums but also pushes the envelope with songs like the funk-infused "I Will Find You" featuring guest vocals from LeCrae.
On Clear the Stage, Jimmy Needham sacrifices a little of his blue-eyed soul for a more pop-oriented sound. He loses a little distinctiveness on some tracks, but retains the R&B influence that is a trademark. Writing about family life also makes his fifth studio release the most personal. It starts with “I Will Find You,” a quick-tempo song with an equally speedy rap towards the end. Jeremy Lin, the celebrated point guard of the New York Knicks, was … more