By Marilyn Tinnin

DavidPhelpsClassic CD cover-34David Phelps rose to fame as a member of the Gaither Vocal Band and has since found favor as a multi-talented solo recording artist and songwriter. Certainly not limited to gospel style, his lyric tenor brings to mind Andrea Bocelli or Placido Domingo—as smooth as silk and seemingly effortless. Phelps graduated from Baylor with a degree in music and vocal performance, and the classical training shows no matter what genre he is singing.

His latest album, Classic, is a 13-song collection that showcases his broad range of skills. There are centuries-old hymns, classical arias, American favorites, Broadway standards, and a few of his personal compositions. From “Panis Angelicus” to “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” to a patriotic medley of “America the Beautiful” and “God Bless America,” this Classic is pure delight and inspiration.