JJ Heller invites listeners on a journey toward a wholehearted life with her eighth studio album, Sound of a Living Heart. A popular independent artist with a strong Internet following, Heller writes lyrics that are honest and vulnerable. Mostly pop with a dash of folk, her voice is sweet and inviting. “Father-Daughter Dance” tugs at your heart; it’s a song about a young girl who cannot invite her dad to a father-daughter dance because he is in prison. She asks the warden to bring “the dance” to the prison so she ends up dancing with him there. The title track is another winner, centered on revival and moving forward. It includes an angelic-sounding choir. This album will both soothe and challenge listeners. (Stonetable Records)
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