"So I Can Tell," the title cut from the latest CD by Dove Award winning recording artist and speaker Cheri Keaggy has entered the Christian Music Weekly INSPO chart at No. 24 this week and sits at No. 25 on Billboard's Soft AC/Inspirational chart, as well as being added to Billboard's Soft AC/Inspirational New and Active chart, for the Billboard issue dated November 10.
"She's back! I'm very excited that Cheri is climbing the charts again with her new single," says Jeff McLaughlin, owner of A-Sides Radio Promotions. "She deserves it — she is such an incredible singer/songwriter. The good news is that there are many more incredible songs from this project, and this is just the start of very good things to come from Cheri Keaggy."
The current chart momentum comes at a time when Keaggy and the current radio single have been enjoying a flurry of media exposure, including recently taped guest appearances on The Hour of Power, Babbie's House and Christian Television Network's Bridges.
"I was just reading some old journal entries and was reminded once again of God's sustaining love in my life. It feels so good to be on the other side of some really difficult circumstances and to see God use them for good," Keaggy says. "Jeff McLaughlin has done a great job promoting this single, and I appreciate all of the stations who are playing it. I perform it live all the time and it seems to resonate with the audience. I'm so happy for believers to hear it and hopefully be inspired to tell others about what God has done in their lives."
So I Can Tell is Keaggy's first CD since her independent 2007 release, Because He First Loved Us. Keaggy draws on the encouragement of Scripture and her utter reliance on the comforting power of God to create an honest, engaging recording that is reflective of her emergence from a difficult season in life.
"When God has brought you through something, when He's shown up in God-sized ways, you can't help but testify," says Keaggy of the new songs. "This is my 'beauty from ashes' project."
So I Can Tell was released on the 18-year anniversary of Keaggy's 1994 Sparrow Records release, Child of the Father.
About Cheri Keaggy:
Cheri Keaggy began her career as a worship leader at a small church in Southern California before recording her debut album on Sparrow Records, Child of the Father, in 1994. Honored with a Dove Award nomination for New Artist of the Year, Keaggy has gone on to record seven additional albums, resulting in nine No. 1 songs, three Dove Award nominations and a Dove Award win. After more than two decades in music, her ministry has expanded to include speaking engagements as well.
Under the guidance of Gospel Music Hall of Famer and legendary guitarist Phil Keaggy, Cheri Keaggy called on the combined talents of Scott Dente and Ken Lewis from Global Genius Productions to produce her new CD, So I Can Tell. The combination of rich, acoustic sounds with Cheri Keaggy's signature plaintive vocals and searingly honest lyrics results in a project that confronts life's realities, even when filled with despair, and offers listeners the way to navigate through the challenges to a place of hope through Christ.
Penned following the end of her nearly 23-year marriage to her high school sweetheart, So I Can Tell is a testimony of God's goodness in the midst of pain and suffering. Like a modern day psalmist, Keaggy's lyrics express grief, loneliness, and God's comfort in the contemporary hymns "Bind Me To You," "There Will Be One Day" and the arresting "Hello, God." She echoes the apostle Paul in the memorable piano ballad "To Live is Christ" and celebrates Christ's provision in the ukulele-based crowd favorite "Air, Food, and Water."
Through an accessible folk-pop presentation, the album leaves listeners with a renewed sense that God is with us, no matter what. So I Can Tell is filled with the radio-ready songs for which Keaggy is known and loved. Her lush vocals lovingly caress piano ballads like the title cut and the haunting "When You Were Jesus To Me." Her voice takes on a lilting quality in the hope-infused "Starting a New Year Today," written on the one-year anniversary of her divorce. As an added bonus, guitar maestro Phil Keaggy closes the album with the peace-evoking benediction "Postlude: Invitation to Hope."
For more information about Keaggy and So I Can Tell, visit www.cherikeaggy.com. Like Keaggy on Facebook (www.facebook.com/CheriKeaggy) or follow her on Twitter (@cherikeaggy).