Ned Tonner's second CD "Take Time" is a collection of 10 original Contemporary Christian songs that are sure to uplift and inspire the listener with Ned's unique folk-rock acoustic guitar playing and attractive melodies. Produced by Michael Betts of Rugged Records and Travis Wyrick of Lakeside Studios in Tennessee, Ned showcases his songwriting skills in this professional sounding project of Pop/Contemporary songs. The CD begins with a folk-rock guitar jamming instrumental that reminds your of your favorite Dan Fogelberg, CSN or John Denver song, but with Ned's unique guitar style. Arranged by LA Producer Billy Baker, the title track "Take Time" then builds into a rousing foot stompin' jam with Ned's crystal clear tenor voice, and reminds us that we need to "Take Time to worship, praise and pray to the Lord and to Thank Him for His Grace." The CD then shifts into the romantic love song, "One True Love" where Ned describes his search for his eventual wife, Shari and how by surrendering his search that the Lord lead him to his "One True Love." "Will You Follow Me Into My Dreams" is also a family-centered lullaby co-written with Ned's mom Elizabeth, based on the true life story of Ned & Shari's oldest daughter Elizabeth, who at age 4 asked her grandmother while scared one night if she could "Follow Me Into My Dreams." Grandmama then penned a song after her little namesake chronicling her life from a little girl into a young and beautiful woman--through it's ups and downs--but with an emphasis on asking the Lord to follow her into her dreams. "Will You Follow Me Into My Dreams---Will You Hold My Hand Then I'll Know You're There---Will You Follow Me Into My Dreams---To A Sky Of Blue---Only Me And You Will Be There." Other songs also catch your attention. "Come Fly With Me (Endlessly) includes a heavenly guitar melody and soothing harmonies about an eagle and the Holy Spirit, who invite the listener to..."Come Fly With Me-Far Above the Trees, While the World Below-Searches For the Keys," and is one of Ned's most popular digital downloads, along with "Bring Me Home," a soothing song with a stripped down piano sound which calls for Jesus' help to "Bring Me Home." Additionally, the unique strumming and chord progressions of "Our Father" caught the attention of CCM artist Andrew Carlton, who covered Ned's "Our Father" on two of his CCM releases, and which featured Ned's unique 12-string acoustic guitar playing and background harmonies on both releases. "We Are the Hope," is dedicated to Tony Melendez, a thalidomide baby, who was born without arms and who played guitar with his feet for Pope John Paul II, and who is a friend and fellow Christian artist. Lastly, "Mr. Warrior" with it's Bon Jovi and Allman Brothers acoustic and electric guitars and riveting sound tells the story of a Vietnam War soldier who struggles in his experience while at war, but who learns to "find rest for his soul by lifting his eyes towards Heaven's throne...because He brought you home." Sung together with the angelic voice of budding CCM artist Deborah Fatow and co-written with Marine and Vietnam veteran Dr. Bill Peters and his wife Barbara of angelfirefellowship.org, this song is dedicated to the Men and Women who served our country in the Vietnam War and is slated to be included as a soundtrack for the eventual movie based on Dr. Peters true Vietnam War book, "First Force Recon Company, Sunrise at Midnight," published by Random House. Shari Tonner is also very proud of this song and it's meaning for her father, Donald, who was a career Marine and who also served his country with two tours in Vietnam. Ned's dedication and acknowledgment to our service men and women is further evidenced by his efforts to organize a 911 relief effort charity song. Ned and Catholic-Christian artist Katrina Rae spearheaded a group of 13 Catholic artists known as "Catholic Artists For Relief." "After the attack on America, I was sitting in a meeting with Nashville's Rugged Records president, Michael Betts, watching these horrible scenes on TV, as was the rest of America." says Ned. "I decided then and there that I was going to do something to help my country and Michael then said, 'someone should do a song,' and the idea just clicked.' Each artist then donated funds for the musical recording and video production of the song, "You Are Not Alone," which raised several thousand dollars for the Armed Services YMCA, which had established a fund for the families who had suffered a loss from the 911 attack on the Pentagon. As a sweet surprise, this effort lead to a record 10 Unity awards, with Ned and Katrina receiving a Unity award for Producer of the Year, along with video producers Michael Betts and Jake Unger of LA. "I'll never forget this experience as long as I live. It was overwhelming at times, but with the Lord's guidance, the project was finished through the efforts of many music-industry people from Nashville, who reached across denominational barriers to help complete the project. I was completely shocked and humbled by the response and assistance from the CCM music industry," shares Ned. Ned is also an accomplished entertainment attorney and has represented several Christian music and video companies. Ned and his wife Shari and their 4 children reside in Rensselaer, Indiana. Ned's album is dedicated to Father James Froelich of Saint Joseph's College in Rensselaer, who gave his life serving the poor and needy in Tanzania, Africa. Ned is also involved in the Saint Joseph's College Missionary Outreach, which raises relief funds for the poor in Tanzania in Father Jim's name. "Take Time" symbolizes the struggles and growth of Christian singer/songwriter Ned Tonner and successfully expresses that experience through the music of this gifted songwriter and composer.
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