Review by Sylvie Marie & Staff
Maggie Amini is an artist who has a true missionary and servant heart. She worked for four years in the Dominican Republic with young girls, and she works with Texas youth. She has also led women conferences, and she sings over a hundred times a year in Churches around the Texas region. With renowned producer Billy Smiley, some of the finest musicians in Nashville are working with Amini on her upcoming releases including Brennan Smiley of “The Technicolors”, ‘The Brilliance’ keyboard player John Ardnt on piano, along with Steve Brewster, Jonathan Crone, Blair Masters, Callan Brown, Matt Pearson and Michael W Smith. Her newest release, 'Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus' is a great way to get acquainted with Maggie's mission and music.
With a nice folk and bluegrass flare, a tasteful fiddle accompanied by light acoustic guitar opens "Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus", performed by Maggie Amini. The fiddle weaves it's tunes expertly between the song's melodic phrases. Soon, a nice sway is created with light percussion. The percussion offers delicate textures with an invitation to clap along. Extra string layering grows into a lush chorus. The production by Billy Smiley offers both simplicity and sophistication yielding a supreme beauty. Amini enters on the first phrase with a gentle touch:
"'Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His Word. Just to rest upon His promise, Just to know, "Thus say the Lord!"
Amini's voice is natural and relaxed, and sweetly applied. Her dynamics and phrasing sensibilities move the soul. With a delicate approach that grows steadily and surely, Amini draws listeners in with the confidence she has in the song's message. Her performance is heartfelt.
"Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus' is about taking Jesus at his word and resting upon his promise. The lyrics were written in 1882, and since then the song has been included in many hymnals and recorded by many artists. Amini's version gives the song tremendous warmth. Her Christian folk singing along with the richness of the fiddle (the perfect choice for the song's arrangement), moves the heart-strings and gives the song that "sweetness" that surrendering and trust brings.