Another treat from Lakewood's musical team. This time, another powerful female singer who brought the house down. First thought: where on earth do these guys hide such talent? Second thought: WHY on earth do these guys hide such talent. I know, I know ... only enough time for everyone to take the stage.
From the get-go, it was evident that Carrie had a bit more of a performance background as she commanded the stage rather expertly. But there was also no mistaking the power of her voice. The song was Michael W. Smith's "Healing Rain" and once more, the original fails to suffice as an approximation of the Carrie Hodge version.
Now, the one satisfactory outcome of this is that Pastor Joel offered a few hints at locating some tangential Lakewood tunage. We were told that Carrie was the wife of the lead guitarist in the orchestra, Michael. Now, I've long since taken note of Michael's work in this orchestra and it's not uncommon that I leave impressed with a few simple, tasteful, yet also masterful riffs that he works in. Since few of the songs are even close to being guitar-heavy, it takes a careful appreciation, but there's usually a few things that guitarists (current or former) can leave impressed with.
But really, this let me hit Google for some research. Joel also mentioned that Michael had worked in Nashville as a studio musician. Surely, this would be a slam dunk for finding some extra music performed by the Lakewood Orchestra ... right?
I had no idea how right I would be. Seems that Carrie and Michael performed as Two Hearts back in the early 90s and put out two CDs on the Star Song label - a Christian label out of Nashville.
It would appear the CDs are out of print, but the cheap prices via Amazon's third-party sellers offers some hope for getting both of these. Via a bit more Googling, Carrie may have some more work available via her time at Motown (a label match that sounds entirely logical for her vocal style). Likewise, there's some mention here about Michael having two instrumental releases available ... somewhere. Still on the lookout for that material. There's also ample material out there with Michael on guitar for a variety of other artists. Once more, I'm on musical overload.
UPDATE: Found one of the instrumental projects Michael's on. Looks a bit out of my range for musical appreciation, but still ... I'm intrigued enough to locate a copy to test that.