Rachael Lampa

Nov 26, 2002 12:32 PM EST

Reflecting Rachael's desire to take her music beyond its adult contemporary origins and into a richer, funkier and more youth-oriented realm, Blur features pop, techno, funk, dance and hip hop reworking of ten handpicked tracks from her two previous recordings. It's Rachael's music and powerful gospel message refashioned for Rachael's generation.

Six of the tracks on Blur come from Kaleidoscope, and four from Live For You. Once the songs were picked, the original tracks were sent out to the remixers, who chose the ones that best suited their individual talents. Dan Muckala, who has done programming for Mandy Moore and Aaron Neville, does a pulsating rendition of "Live For You" complete with a house beat and chopped up Spanish guitars. He also transformed "For Your Love" into an atmospheric groove, and "Day of Freedom" into a song that mixes rock guitars with Middle Eastern sounds. Tedd T., who has programmed for Plus One and Delirious, tweaks "A Song For You" into an upbeat European pop song and takes "Free" into a 180-degree turn by adding a rapper. Csaba Petocz, who has engineered for Cher and LeAnn Rimes, creates a stripped down version of "Lead Me (I'll Follow)" and a symphonic pop vibe for "Blessed." Jeff Savage who recently produced for TobyMac's album, and who also added his creative touch to a Natalie Imbruglia album, and DJ'd on Christina Aguilera's last tour took "Savior Song" and "I'm All Yours" into a hard-edged, hip-hop vein. Jim Cooper rounded out the list by adding cool scratches, an acoustic guitar and vocal swirl effect to a tight hip-hop remix of "Brand New Life."

"On the road, I feel that every conversation I have, every person I meet is feeding me wisdom, as if God is putting them there to guide me somehow," she says. "I'm learning so much from everyone, finding myself challenged as a Christian by observing what they focus on. I am often reminded that I still have a long way to go, and I am intrigued and inspired by that. God has put me in a unique position to be a positive role model for young music fans, and I basically want them to see that I'm no different from what they are. I'm 17, and I struggle with grades and curfews right along with them. On the musical side, I feel like the music on Blur communicates directly to those fans."

By CCM Magazine