iTunes Live From SoHo
Christian singer/songwriter Audrey Assad follows up her impressive debut album The House You’re Building with this exclusive iTunes release, recorded live at the Apple store in New York’s SoHo district. The set captures her unaffected charm as a stage performer as well as her knack for highly literate lyrics and atmospheric yet catchy melodies. Assad and her backup combo offer intimate readings of tunes from her first album, including “Ought to Be,” “Breaking Through” and “For the Love of You.” A pair of new compositions — the yearning “Sparrow” and the dreamily waltzing “Garden” — testify to her growing strengths as a writer. An unexpected highlight is her version of Bruce Springsteen’s “Hungry Heart,” rendered with crisp energy and a feel for the spiritual resonance within the lyric. A medley of “Carry Me” and “Restless” brings the set to an uplifting close. Along with the music, Audrey offers revealing comments about how she came to write her tunes.