Written by: Kelly Meade (07/16/2020)
Canadian singer/songwriter Dan Bremnes follows up last fall’s release of Wherever I Go with a new project featuring stripped down, reimagined versions of many songs from that album. Wherever I Go (Acoustic Sessions) also includes guest vocal appearances by fellow artists such as Love & The Outcome, Tenth Avenue North’s Mike Donehey, Stars Go Dim, Meredith Andrews and Dan’s wife, Britt Bremnes.
Title track “Wherever I Go” reminds us that no matter what life throws at us, God is always by our side and He will never leave us to face the trials and challenges alone. The piano-led melody accompanied by a string arrangement on this slower rendition of the hit single adds to the emotion and allows listeners to reflect on the lyrics.
“The Way” gives thanks to God for how He works in our lives. Every single thing we go through is part of the story He has for us. Sometimes it hurts and we don’t always get what we think we want, but one thing we can always count on is that through it all, we are learning and being shaped into who He created us to be.
“Speak To Me” is a prayer of someone who has reached the end of what they feel they can handle; calling out to God to meet them where they are and speak through the pain into their heart to reassure them that He is there and will carry them into the morning light on the other side of the dark.
“Going Together” featuring harmonies by Dan’s wife Britt Bremnes. This special track tells their God-ordained love story as they vow to go through whatever happens together – supporting, loving, encouraging and pointing each other to the Savior as the answer & foundation of their relationship.
A new version of a favorite, “Beautiful” closes the album featuring guest vocals by Meredith Andrews. This song was one that I loved on Dan’s first album, Where The Light Is back in 2015. It ackowledges God’s ability to take our brokenness, mistakes and shattered plans and turn them into something more beautiful than we can imagine.
I’ve always enjoyed getting to hear different versions and remixes of songs, this is especially true for acoustic versions. Something about taking away a lot of the production and just having one or a few instruments not only showcases the artists talent, but in many cases it adds to the song by giving the audience a chance to connect even more to the message being presented in the words. With Wherever I Go (Acoustic Sessions), Dan Bremnes accomplishes all of this with songs that reach to the hearts of listeners and helps them redirect their thoughts to our Heavenly Father and His purpose for our lives.