BOUNTIFUL – A concert lasts only as long as a memory, but a recording can live on forever.
Davis County natives Jon Rose and Landon Peay are experiencing that firsthand with “Lead Thou Me On,” the recently released album by the BYU group Vocal Point. Both men appear on the album, and in a small way helped to shape the album as a whole.
“Putting the album together was an incredible experience,” said Rose. “Everyone worked together, and it was a lot of fun.”
Vocal Point is a nine-man a capella group that appeared on the TV show “The Sing Off” in late 2011. Rose first joined the group while the TV episodes were airing. He said that their demeanor onstage left a strong impression on him.
“The guys in the group strive to be a good example and set a good message,” Rose said. “Everyone had good, uplifting things to say about them.”
The music was also part of the appeal.
“I’ve always been a singer, and I’m really drawn to this type of music,” he said.
Specifically, he enjoys performing the instrumental parts of an a capella number. While some performers sing the lyrics, others add vocal riffs that make the song sound as though someone is playing accompaniment.
“You’re singing in ways other people wouldn’t think sound good,” he said. “But when you put it together with everyone else, it sounds like there’s an entire band playing.”
Though Vocal Point released its last album in 2011, this is the first that Rose has participated in. It’s also the group’s first album of inspirational music, focusing on hymns such as “Lead, Kindly Light” and “I Need Thee Every Hour.” The album also includes “Danny Boy” and “Noyana,” an inspirational song that appeared in the musical “Lion King.”
“We got to help a little with the producing,” said Rose. “We all worked on the arranging, and we got to vote on the song choice.”
The resulting collaboration will linger on long after a single performance.
“The album is a little more long-term,” said Rose. “People will be able to see the CD and think about what it represents.”
Rose said he’s trying harder to represent the same thing.
“I’m striving to be someone that people would consider appropriate to be singing hyms,” he said.
“Lead Thou Me On” is available at Deseret Book and Seagull Book. It can also be purchased online through iTunes and Amazon.com.