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Review of “From Canyons to Plains” by Ezekiel Songs
The sophomore EP “From Canyons to Plains” from Oklahoma-based singer/songwriter Kevin Skillern—the breath and life behind Ezekiel Songs —marks a new chapter in his career. Saturated with rest and quiet reassurance, Skillern sings the prayers collected over the last year with a newfound strength. “Lord, you’ve been by my side,” he sings in the opening song Canyons Deep, “ever since you called my name.” A gentle breeze and chirping birds set the scene for two acoustic guitars, soft and steady, playing to the soft patter of a snare drum. From the first note of the first song, Skillern is introducing the presence of a friend and companion. “ We feel like we are walking through a narrow rocky canyon right now, and we pray God will bring us into a level wide open space, but he is strengthening us where we’re at.” There’s no depth, no place where Your love can’t reach. Canyons deep and dark, but Your river carries me. Three years ago, Skillern’s life came to a halt when his newborn daughter suffered brain damage from a lack of oxygen. “Life as we knew it stopped, and we found ourselves living in a hospital,” he recounts. It was …