Sandra McCracken is an independent singer-songwriter whose smart, soulful blend of folk, pop, and gospel is as progressive as it is timeless. A founding contributor of the New Old Hyms projects, McCracken's contemporary settings of classic hymns are sung in congregations across the country. Drawing inspiration from Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, and U2, McCracken crafts songs wedding razor-sharp hooks to incisive, confessional lyrics to create a transcendent portrait of the human spirit. McCracken currently lives, writes, and records at her home in East Nashville, Tennessee with her husband, Derek Webb, and their two children.
Praise for Desire Like Dynamite
"McCracken’s style is one part folk music, one part gospel, a little part pop, with a bit of country flair thrown in for good measure, almost a blending if you will of all of the fundamentals of American music and somehow manages to mix together it with a seamless effort that makes an amazing and powerful album."
- Christina Lawler, ourvinyl.com
"Most of the tracks on Desire still serve up the instant impact you crave from a good pop song. The difference is they now they hold up better after fifty listens in a way that, say, "Family Name" off McCracken's 2001 record Gypsy Flat Road doesn't...She slides back and forth between a gentle croon and a whispery, high-register head voice, embracing those fringe notes and tones that lend the words and melodies a character all her own. It can make for shaky transitions and milliseconds of quaver that Pro Tools could easily fix, but she (wisely) preserves those moments. Those choices serve the songs best and keep Desire's tone honest...Whether writing hymns fit for Sunday mornings, folky odes to Indiana or power-pop remembrances of George Harrison, she writes in a personal way to communicate universal truths. Desire isn't an album of hymns, but for an artist who doesn't separate the God part of her life from the rest of her life, spiritual themes find their way into each song."
- Joel Oliphint, christianitytoday.com
Sandra will be performing on Friday, March 8 at 7pm. Doors open at 6:30pm.
Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Reserve seating is available for $25 and guarantees optimum, assigned seating. Ticket sales start at 6:00pm. There are still tickets left. In the event of a sell out, a small number of standing room only tickets will be sold at a discounted rate.
Tickets are available online and at The Cove before and after Sunday morning services.