Zach & Sarah
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Zach & Sarah

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
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There are three things that strike you immediately when you listen to Ready To Fly from the indie husband/wife team of Zach and Sarah Blickens: 1) The pristine production values; 2) the easy way the couple’s tag-team vocals play hide ‘n’ seek with each other; 3) the relentlessly catchy acoustic, folk-rock melodies that demand you tap your foot in time. But is only after repeated listenings that the true cream of this project rises to the surface.

And that cream is in the depth of the lyrical content. Some songwriters lay it on an inch deep and a mile wide. The Blickens opt for drilling a mile deep and maybe a few feet wide. I suppose that should come as no surprise. The couple serves under the pastoral leadership of contemporary theologian, Francis Frangipane, whose way with words is nothing short of astounding.

Still, I find myself scratching my head over this project. The lyrics are not spectacularly novel or new. “Jesus I give my heart/ I’m falling down at your feet/ I’m living to walk with you/ For the rest of my life,” they sing in “Surrender.” Nothing new. Nothing I haven’t heard a couple of million times before by a couple of hundred other worship bands. But there is just something about it that is compelling; like when you read that same verse in the Bible for the fiftieth time, but suddenly it jumps out at you with fresh new meaning.

Ready To Fly is going to be in my CD player for a while. There is some deep stuff here, no doubt about it. But I’ve got a feeling there is a whole lot more depth to this project than I suspect.

- BuddyHollywood.com


Discography

Overwhelming - 2008 (Full length CD)
Ready to Fly - 2006 (Full length CD)
New Day - 2004 (EP)

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Selected by Billboard Magazine and Taxi as one of the “Top 15 Acts From the Midwest” as part of the Discmakers 2006 Independent Music World Series, Zach and Sarah’s mission is to release passionate worship all over the world, clearly presenting the gospel of Jesus Christ to those who are desperately in need of life and freedom.
They currently oversee the worship and student ministries at River of Life in Cedar Rapids, IA under the covering of best-selling author and international speaker Francis Frangipane. With an exceptional band and a passionate, relevant pop sound, their music reflects a desperate longing for more of Jesus mixed with a genuine freedom rooted in God's love. Stylistically, their sound is strongly influenced by Delirious and the Brit-pop worship movement, with a sound evoking comparisons to The Fray, Desperation Band, and Coldplay..