New Music Tuesday – Sons and Daughters

In this installment of New Music Tuesday instead of simply reviewing a new release, I thought I would introduce you to a new band. Sons and Daughters consists David Leonard and Leslie Jordan and their musical collaboration was birthed in 2010 flowing from Journey Church in Franklin, Tennessee. Jordan and Leonard met at Journey in the summer of 2009 where they began writing worship songs for their church family and their evolution into a duo began when they started leading those songs together for their community’s worship gatherings. They both currently serve on staff at Journey as Worship Designers in their Creative Arts Ministry.

While Sons and Daughters don’t possess the vocal magic and firepower that you find with The Civil Wars‘, John Paul White and Joy Williams, Leonard and Jordan’s voices work well together and at times remind me of one of my favorite duos, Over the Rhine. It is clear that their songs flow out of a worshiping context and I can envision a number of their songs finding their way into churches worship gatherings. Their first single, “Let It Shine” (available for download now at iTunes and Amazon) has a missional, redemptive thrust to it declaring,

“There are a million truths for every lie
So speak it out loud and let it lift high
there are a million reasons to cover your eyes,
But the light is shining through the darkness we hide
But the light is shining through the darkness we hide
Come, let it shine…

There is only one way to wash yourself clean
So let the dirt fall and get on your knees
there are a million scars for every mistake
For we are not chained to the secrets that we make
Come, let it…shine.”

One of the things I love about Sons and Daughters is their integration of a choir into their arrangements; this brings a fresh energy to their indie feel and a passion to their songs that makes you want to lift your voice and join in.

The EP will be available on May 10th and if you can’t wait until then you can listen to Sons and Daughters perform an acoustic set at Relevant Magazine’s The Drop and you can also view an acoustic version of the song, All the Poor and Powerless.

Question: who is your favorite musical duo and why?

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