Kent Bottenfield made a name for himself in major league baseball, pitching for several teams including my hometown Colorado Rockies. He was an All-Star in 1999 before retiring in 2001, and now spends his time in music ministry.
Take Me Back, Bottenfield's debut album, includes four songs produced by the legendary Michael Omartian. The others are produced by Van Lawson, who co-wrote most of the project with Bottenfield and plays electric guitar as well.
The musical style is adult contemporary with a pop rock flavor on some songs. The songs tend to be contemplative, expressing thankfulness to Christ for salvation. The Christian message is upfront and clear.
A unique touch is the three-minute evangelistic message given by Bottenfield on the second-last track. He concludes the CD with A Prayer Away, summing up the focus of Take Me Back:
Oh Jesus offers us forgiveness / and a life so full / a life so free / there is pain / there is hurt / but there is healing / in Jesus' name / a prayer away
Take Me Back is for those who enjoy Mark Schultz or a somewhat mellower version of Casting Crowns.
Visit Kent Bottenfield.