The Topeka Capital-Journal

Media -- Native Topekan Mitch McVicker delivers strong release

The Capital-Journal

MITCH MCVICKER, "Chasing the Horizon" (Out of the Box Records, 12 songs, 49 minutes). There are a couple of things that quickly jump out on first listen of Topeka native McVicker's latest album. First, his voice seems stronger, fuller and more confident than on previous offerings. Second, the quality of backup musicianship is up considerably. I checked the liner notes and found my initial reaction in this area to be confirmed, with the likes of Phil Madeira, Mark Robertson, Rick Elias and Steve Hindalong all contributing their expert musicianship to this project. McVicker, of course, is on center stage, and the former protégé of the late Rich Mullins is in fine form with songs he wrote, including "Emmanuel," "Strength to Move" and "Upside Down," and those are just the first three cuts. The rest of the album is similarly strong, and McVicker has a joyfulness in his voice as he sings of an amazement about God.

 McVicker's mom told me last week the album isn't available yet in Topeka bookstores, but can be ordered by calling 232-4189. Those who get it will be glad they did.