EFY 2012: Arise and Shine Forth
These uplifting songs take a modern approach to both upbeat pop songs and slower, reverent tunes. The perfect gift for teens, missionaries, and even mom and dad!
- Arise and Shine — David Osmond
- He'll Answer Back — Catherine Papworth
- Never Be the Same — Erik Michels
- All Great Men — Tim Gates
- My Story — Kaity Whitcomb
- I Feel My Savior's Love — Haley Gibby
- Give It All to Him — Tel Dyer
- Waiting for Me — Julie Yardley
- See It In Everyone — Hannah Bradshaw
- Glorious — Russ Dixon
- Best Days Of Our Lives — Dustin Christensen
- A Light Within — William Joseph
By Ben, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I honestly admit: When I listened to the CD for the first time, I was disappointed. For these past years, the EFY music agenda has been the exact same: You have the catchy contemporary pop title song, you have the Church hymn, you have the mandatory ballad, you have the mandatory for boys/for girls song, you have the instrumental track ... it's a little annoying, really.
However, the music gets produced in different languages nowadays so the EFY participants in non-English speaking countries get the music in their mother tongue. I had the privilege of overseeing the German production. Dealing with these songs and their lyrics on a daily basis for weeks and months helped me understand the deep meaning behind the songs and I learned to love each single one (except "Give it all to him" which I still don't like). My favorite song remains "Glorious" - it's the one song I loved from the very beginning and I still think it has the most amazing lyrics and is simply beautiful.
I wish that by now BYU would realize that EFY has a much broader audience than Utah. Most songs aim at what teenagers in Utah listen to. For example, you always have these absolutely terrible country songs on the CD - believe me when I say that practically no teen outside of Utah listens to country music.
I'm giving 5 stars because I love the CD so much now - but it takes some time to grow fond of it.