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Eyes on You

by ruth wood & friends

Christian contemporary pop album exploring a wide range of emotions--from brokennes, loneliness and fear to exuberant joy in worship. Style? Think Michael W. Smith, Twila Paris or Amy Grant. Award winning tunes.
Genre: Spiritual: Contemporary Gospel
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  Song Share Time Download
1. This Blood
4:02 $0.88
2. Palm of His Hand
4:42 $0.88
3. Heaven's Mirror
3:23 $0.88
4. Stars in the Night
3:18 $0.88
5. Go for the Prize
3:28 $0.88
6. Keeper of Souls
5:07 $0.88
7. Mighty God
3:30 $0.88
8. Eyes on You
3:35 $0.88
9. Wounded Heart
4:43 $0.88
10. Worship the King
3:39 $0.88
11. Broken
4:10 $0.88
12. Have Mercy
2:45 $0.88
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Album Notes

Ruth Wood & Friends is a studio band from Eugene, Oregon. They have just completed their first project-Christian contemporary pop album, Eyes on You. The music explores a wide range of emotions-from brokenness, loneliness and fear to exuberant joy in worship. Ruth Wood, the driving force behind the album, is a songwriter whose vintage rock/contemporary pop writing style is in the range of Michael W. Smith, Fernando Ortega, Amy Grant, Mark Schultz, Kathy Troccoli, and Twila Paris.

Executive Producer Ruth Wood is a songwriter, worship leader, and piano teacher. She is the winner of the 2003 Great American Song Contest (1st Place Christian/Gospel Category for Broken) and the following Portland Songwriter's Association contests:

1999, 1st Place CCM category, Your Love
2002, 1st Place CCM category and Grand Prize Winner, Broken
2003, 1st Place CCM category, Stars in the Night
2004, 1st Place CCM category, Palm of His Hand

Ruth enlisted exceptional local talent to actualize her vision for the album:

Recording Engineer: Michael McDonald-Syntharts Studio.
Arranger/producer/background vocals: Neil Patton
Solo Artist: Dave Mertz
Solo Artist: Amy Weinkauf
Solo Artist: Brooks Rice
Solo Artist: Rachel Poetzl
Solo Artist: Liesel Alkire
Solo Artist: Lisa Morton
Solo Artist: Timani Reynolds
Background Vocals: Lori Wike
Accoustic Guitar: Mike Edsall
Drums: Kevin Lemieux
Guitars: Tom Teutsch
Bass Guitar: Pat Brand
Upright Bass: Mark Schneider
Cello: Dale Bradley
Saxophone: James Jones
Flute: Cathy Patton
Choir: Steve Maricle

By Ruth Wood

I never expected to be a songwriter. I didn't sing well--piano was my love. Life has a way of stimulating the muse, however.

As a young wife and mother, I often felt deeply inadequate and desperate for wisdom. Only on my knees before the Lord did I find my place of peace. Soon I wanted to comfort others with the comfort I'd received-by writing songs.

Our church band encouraged home-grown music, and my co-writer, Jeff Brock, gave me honest feedback with tons of encouragement. I learned the rudiments of the craft, gaining confidence. When Jeff died several years ago, the loss of my friend and mentor catapulted me into a long season of writer's block.

Unable to produce, I considered giving up songwriting, yet my desire to create music increased. I reflected on the Lord's work in my life over the past years. He dramatically worked in my marriage, provided strength to deal with hearing loss and chronic health problems, and saw me through the challenges of home schooling. I could no longer deny the compelling inner force pushing me onward.

At that point I committed myself wholeheartedly to the craft of songwriting. I read books on the subject, joined a songwriter's organization, and attended workshops. I wrote and re-wrote. Then a local artist recorded five of my tunes, one of which won an award. Now I was definitely motivated!

And I was ready to record my own CD.

I wanted various singers to interpret my music, but this was risky. From a marketing standpoint, concerts are where you typically sell CDs, but traveling with a large team of musicians was financially not feasible.

The internet opened up new possibilities. Marketing via website, internet radio, and an all-out grass roots campaign made a Christian studio band ala Alan Parsons Project possible.

I hired Neil Patton as my arranger, and we began the creative process of interpreting the music. Then I researched local talent, studios, and graphic artists and found a talented team of friends.

Eyes on You took four years to complete and required much waiting on the Lord, learning to trust Him and His timing. Repeatedly I relinquished my goals and surrendered the project into His hands, and the Lord proved faithful.

You, my listeners, were in my heart as I wrote this album. May Psalm 141:8 be your prayer also:

But my eyes are fixed on you, O Sovereign Lord;
in you I take refuge...



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Michael McDonald

Excellent songwriting. Beautiful melodies. A must own.

Kathy Caba

I really love your album
I really love your album—especially Stars in the Night and Wounded Heart (my favorite)!

Hung Chih Li

This is an Amazing CD!!! Absolutely Touching!!!
This is an Amazing CD!!! Absolutely Touching!!! It’s a CD for revival of your heart!!!

Rose Boesl

Lots of variety on this CD
I love hearing a variety of artists perform songs that have a similar theme—the encouragement and hope we can have in Christ amidst trying circumstances.

Kathy Ruckman

The CD made me feel close to God.
The first time I heard Keeper of Souls it felt like I was lifted to heaven with the wonderful harmony and pattern of the song. It made me feel so close to God. I also love Heaven’s Mirror. Especially for young women, this song is significant, but also for all of us.

Connie Early

The songs tug at the heart.
Many of the songs tug at the heart. I can’t wait for the next CD to come out!

Kevin Blackwood

Well crafted album.
Very well crafted and professionally produced CD. Ruth Wood has a true knack for capturing the frailties of the human heart during one’s difficult journey on this planet. I highly recommend her CD!

Markus Boesl

Uplifting songs.
Excellent CD. I enjoy it tremendously. The songs are so uplifting and wonderful. Thank you very much.

Mike Edsall

Touching CD.

Denise Nash

Message songs
Songs with a message to reach the heart of those who seek.
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