Album Review: Aussie Mormon Gives LDS Hymns a Soulful Spin

cactus jack

cactus jack

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, entertainment critic)

I recently had the opportunity to attend a performance by one of the most unique talents of the LDS music scene. Paul “Cactus Jack” Le Mar is an Australian Mormon who performed live at an event I attended last month. I was stunned (and very moved) by his soulful, passionate takes on Latter-day hymns. I approached him and found him genuine, humble, and faithful. He enthusiastically agreed to my request for one of his albums to review, as I wanted to spread the word about his talents.

Cactus’ latest album, A Carpenter’s Hymns Volume II, is one that I heartily recommend for all Christian homes. He breathes new life into Christ-centered favorites (his take on “If You Could Hie to Kolob,” for example, is a powerhouse delight). My family has had the album on repeat for the past few Sundays. It’s a marvelous stocking-stuffer for the music lover in your family.

You can buy A Carpenter’s Hymns Volume II, along with Cactus Jack’s other works here. To learn more about this performer, “like” his Facebook page and watch him on YouTube.

TRACK LIST

  1. Where Can I Turn for Peace?

  2. I Need Thee Every Hour

  3. I Know That My Redeemer Lives

  4. Did You Think to Pray?

  5. Lead Kindly Light

  6. Our Savior’s Love

  7. Abide with me, ‘Tis Eventide

  8. If You Could Hie to Kolob

  9. Give Said the Little Stream

  10. How Gentle God’s Commands

    Jonathan Decker is the clinical director of Your Family Expert. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist, husband, and father of five. Jonathan earned a masters degree in family therapy from Auburn University as well as a bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology from Brigham Young University. He is an actor, author, and television personality. 

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