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The Sweet Life (La Dolce Vita)
Artist: Cherie Adams 
Label: Dolce Vita Entertainment
Time:  11 tracks / 50:30

Cherie Adams' debut solo album The Sweet Life (La Dolce Vita) was in the incubator longer than Cherie and her fans would have liked however it has been well worth the wait. Released under  Dolce Vita Entertainment a label her husband Kevin and her own the CD combines the best that we heard from her days with Avalon and soulful renditions that she can claim as her own.

As wonderful as this album is to listen to it was even more of a pleasure to speak to Cherie recently about the production and her life since Avalon. The petite Italian puts all of her heart and soul into the beautifully arranged title track "The Sweet Life (La Dolce Vita)." 

The songs are richly textured featuring honest, thoughtful lyrics, enveloped in magnificent instrumentals. Christa Black appears playing the violin on "Lay It Down" and Sal Oliveri guests on the keys for many of the songs. The guitarists are too numerous to mention but all contribute to ensuring this album will long be remembered. Producer Tony Morra exploits the talents of the gifted instrumentalist David Luther Cleveland who appears playing guitars (acoustic and electric), mandolin, bazooki, and lute. 

Artist and producer create an ambience akin to being in a piano lounge, fine dining room or strolling through a vineyard in the south of France. You imagine yourself spending time with friends, relaxing, remembering and sharing good conversation.

"Hazel Eyes" a love song dedicated to her husband Kevin should be channeled to mainstream radio as well as charting high on Christian music charts. This may be the best love song since Martina McBride released Valentine. What romantic among us would not sigh and close our eyes to Adams stirring vocals and lyrics that say; 

        You walk into the room
        And my soul begins to dance
        I've never felt this kind of romance
        I tried to walk away
        But your smile asked me to stay
        And the only thing that's left on my mind
        Are those hazel eyes.

Good song selection is the calling card for this CD. The album mixes European instrumentals with good blends of jazzy, inspirational and light pop tunes. This beautifully arranged album highlights Cherie Adams talents in a way unparalleled during her four years with Avalon.

Adams provides a funky almost bluesy version of Wendy Wills' "The Other Woman." Before you get the wrong idea from the song title this song might as easily be named The Other Man as it speaks to the struggle we often face in our lives with the decision to run or stand firmly in our faith when trials come our way. 

"Grieve For You" stands in stark contrast to "The Other Woman." This gifted songstress gives voice to a God who is broken hearted over his wayward children. It is a song of a God portrayed from the earliest chapters of Genesis to the last chapters of Revelation who continually longs for our return to his loving arms. 

The CD opens with Adams' emotive vocals on "Water," a song co-written with Canadian Paul Brandt and Steve Rosen. The songwriters draw their inspiration from the passage of scripture in Matthew chapter 14 where Peter attempts to walk on the water and begins to slide beneath the waves as he takes his eyes off Jesus. The lyrics remind all of us to keep our eyes focused on Jesus when the storms of life buffet us about.

Ask me if I have a favorite song on this album and I will be stumped because I absolutely loved every song on this magnificent CD. Cherie you have reminded all of us that this truly is The Sweet Life when we remember God's gifts of comfort, grace and love as you have so beautifully portrayed in the songs of your album. Thank you.

By Joe Montague, exclusive rights reserved

Joe Montague is an internationally published journalist / photographer. His ministry is dedicated to the memory of his late son Kent David Montague who went to heaven at the age of 18. All copyright and distribution rights remain the property of Joe Montague


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