Will McFarlane | A Colony of Heaven

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A Colony of Heaven

by Will McFarlane

Early '80s contemporary christian with an R&B/blues/roots foundation.
Genre: Rock: 80's Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Father Let This Music
3:17 $0.99
2. A Colony of Heaven
4:58 $0.99
3. How I Know
3:20 $0.99
4. Walking in the Light
2:42 $0.99
5. Let Me Live/Reprise
5:32 $0.99
6. Can I Offer You Life Tonight
2:38 $0.99
7. One Body
3:00 $0.99
8. Samaritan
3:39 $0.99
9. Heart of Stone
3:58 $0.99
10. Today
4:40 $0.99
11. Unto the King
3:53 $0.99
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Album Notes

Will McFarlane spent six years playing guitar with Bonnie Raitt, from 1974 to 1980. Born on a Navy base in California, McFarlane started voice lessons at age 6, adding piano a year later. Seeing the Beatles play the Ed Sullivan Show when he was 12 inspired McFarlane to take up guitar. He developed a taste for R&B in high school, focusing on Motown material while developing as a rhythm guitarist.
McFarlane attended college in Denver, but soon dropped out and had been playing gigs in bars and clubs across the country when Raitt found him in a club in Cambridge, Mass.

McFarlane learned how to listen as well as play while in Raitt's band. His musical education was a versatile one, encompassing straight blues, country blues, folk, country, rock 'n' roll, as well as singer-songwriter material. Raitt was sharing stages with living blues legends, and McFarlane soaked up as much as he could from them before and after the gigs.

McFarlane left Raitt to move to Muscle Shoals, Alabama, playing on records for Bobby Blue Bland, Little Milton, Etta James and Johnnie Taylor as part of the famed Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section.

He parted company amicably from Raitt in 1980, because he and his wife, Janet, wanted a change of lifestyle and didn't want to raise two kids in L.A.
Soon after relocating to Muscle Shoals, he had a spiritual awakening. His younger brother was murdered while McFarlane was still with Raitt, and he says he stayed high for three years afterward trying to deal with it.
He became a Christian, but continued to make his living playing secular music at Muscle Shoals Sound, as well as traveling in ministry. During this time his floundering marriage was restored, and he and Janet, now married 32 years, also travel together.

McFarlane has continued to work in secular and gospel music, both traditional and contemporary styles. He has added full-fledged minister to his list of occupations since coming to the Triangle area seven years ago, and has been one of the pastors at Grace Church in Chapel Hill. He has continued to work in Muscle Shoals, Nashville, and other places around the country and world, as well as doing many sessions and live performances in the Raleigh/Durham area. He was just recently inducted into the Musician's Hall of Fame in Nashville as a friend of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section (The Swampers).



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Jean Parker

Will's voice and guitar on this CD are a piece of heaven on earth...a true balm for the soul. I'm so glad he released this earlier music into a CD.

Genese Vernon

A Colony of Heaven
Awesome! You did a great job converting A Colony of Heaven from cassette to CD. I have really enjoyed listening to it and Kevan likes his as well. When you convert your other cassettes to CD I will get them also. It blesses my heart and refreshes my spirit to hear this music. Thanks for your dedication to the Lord and his work! We love you and your family.

Michael Will

Right from the Start
I truly like Colony of Heaven - gave it four stars. With that being said Right from the Start and Only the Heart are my Favorites. Hey Will, is there any way these two gems can be re-mastered as well. I know I would get them without hesitation. These two albums are not just my two Favorite Will McFarlane, but they are most definitely in my top 40 of all my Christian music and I have close to 1000 CDs.

Robin Vogsland

Colony of Heaven
I am a lover and collector of spiritually serious (edifying) Christian music--especially from 70s and 80s. This album by Will McFarlane is exceptional (4 songs I rate 5 of 5 stars and 3 songs I rate 4 stars)!!! I normally avoid praise music as shallow and subjective rather than God-centered, but several of these are both Biblically mature and true praise. Other songs enhance our appreciation of the Gospel and the Christian life. [Note: I consider this album as much stronger than his later ones.]