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Local Christian music recording artists The Infinite Realm have announced the release of their latest CD album, entitled “Healing.” The new release is the fifth recording to be released by “The Realm” during their four-decades-long career.
The Infinite Realm was organized by a group of Trimble County High School students in August, 1969. Three of the founding members from 1969 – Steve Brown, Tony Gossom and Dave Taylor – remain active with the group today. Neal Wright joined the group in 1971, Paul Wright in 1972 and Ricky Mahoney in 1978. All six are Trimble County High School graduates.
“At most venues where we play people are surprised that we have been together this long and that we all went to the same high school,” Taylor said.
Of the current members, Gossom resides in Carrollton, Neal Wright lives in Campbellsburg and Paul Wright lives in Bedford. Brown, Mahoney and Taylor live in the Hanover, Ind., area.
The new album “Healing” was recorded in Hendersonville, Tenn., in March and April of this year at Ron Fairchild Music – a bustling studio where a number of major country and gospel acts record. Among these are the country/gospel supergroup the Oak Ridge Boys, country’s Restless Heart, Jimmy Fortune (formerly of the Statler Brothers) and T.G. Sheppard, gospel’s legendary Blackwood Brothers, Bill Gaither Productions, Gold City, The Isaacs and gospel comedian Mark Lowry to name a few.
Studio owner/recording engineer Ron Fairchild played keyboards on the road with the Oak Ridge Boys’ Mighty Oaks Band for 31 years. Fairchild proudly displays an Academy of Country Music Award in his studio from when the Mighty Oaks Band was named country music’s Band of the Year in 1981.
Six of the eight songs on the new CD album were written by members of the group. Rick Mahoney wrote “God Is Always There,” “You, Lord, In Me,” “When I Look Back” and “Hold On To My Hand.” Gossom and Taylor co-wrote “God Is Greater” and Neal Wright penned “Psalm 150.”
The other two songs are old songs from the Baptist Hymnal – “It Is Well With My Soul,” featuring the Realm’s unique multi-part harmonies, and “I Surrender All,” featuring an interpretive keyboard arrangement by Neal Wright.
Styles include traditional four-part quartet harmony, modern pop vocal, harmonica enriched soulful country, praise music and Carribean music.
“We stretched ourselves a little on this one beyond what we have done in the past,” Taylor said. “People in our audiences are of all ages. Some like contemporary styles, some country, some traditional. We try not to fit into a specific mold but reach out to all musical tastes in our effort to reach everyone with the message of Christ.”
Guest session musicians included guitarist Greg Jennings of country’s Restless Heart and Chris Golden, drummer for the Mighty Oaks Band, who provided harmonica.
“I really enjoyed working with The Infinite Realm,” Fairchild said. “They came to the studio well prepared. Their music has a groove all its own and it was one of the most relaxing recordings I’ve ever been part of. Plus, these guys live what they sing about!”
Fairchild began his recording career as an engineer in the 1970s at Nashville’s Superior Sound, a studio then owned by Oak Ridge Boys lead singer Dwayne Allen. Fairchild has seen many changes and improvements in recording technology over the decades and has grown with the changes to master the state-of-the-art digital technology of today.
“(The Realm) are as good and as important as anybody around here,” Fairchild said of his roster of clientele. “It was a pleasure and I hope we can do it again.”
The colorful six-panel CD jacket and disc was designed by Bedford resident Carla Kidwell, an advertising graphic artist for The News-Democrat and The Trimble Banner newspapers.
The “Healing” album is priced at $10 and may be purchased at the group’s personal appearances or from any individual members of the group.
The Realm presents concerts at numerous churches, festivals, prison appearances and auditoriums throughout Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee. They recently hosted a benefit concert for the Carroll County Food Pantry at the Carroll County Middle School, an event that generated 350 cans of food items for the pantry.
The Realm is scheduled to return to the Trimble County Apple Festival in Bedford in September.