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Doug Anderson's New Release, "The Only One"
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Following a long tenure with Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Doug Anderson stepped out in 2015 to pursue a solo career, and while he wasn't sure of what to expect, doors have been opening. He garnered two GMA Dove Awards for his last album, Drive (2014), one for Country Album of the Year and one for Country Song of the Year ("Love With Open Arms").

In addition to continuing his solo performances, Doug joined TaRanda Greene and Jody McBrayer to form the trio Cana's Voice. The trio's debut album, This Changes Everything, releases on May 27. And, Doug introduced his own new CD, The Only One, on May 13. Homecoming Magazine caught up with the busy singer to ask about the new project.

Homecoming Magazine
: So Doug, I'm excited about the release of The Only One and enjoying the music I've heard so far. Would you tell our readers a little about this new CD?
Doug Anderson: On this album, this is the first time I’ve ever been free to do what I wanted to do with no boundaries. I’m super-excited about this project, because it pretty much tells the story of my life and what I’ve been through. I think this is the best thing that I’ve ever done, because it hits me right where I’m at right now.

HC: I heard a little of each song, and I noticed that it ranges from country to R&B to pop to rock ... it gives the listener a variety of styles to enjoy!
Doug: (Laughs) It sure does. I’m excited about it.

HC:
I love the song “Jesus Saved Me (When I Could Not Save Myself”; I love that bluesy sound.
Doug: Dony and Reba Rambo McGuire and Chip Davis wrote that song, and the times I’ve had to sing it in concert so far, it’s been a hit. I’m thrilled; I have great writers on this project. I’m always so grateful and so amazed by the talent that’s out there.

HC: Who are some of the other writers on this album?
Doug: Joel Lindsey, Tony Wood, Anthony Facello, Randall Garland and others … Rachel McCutcheon has a couple of songs on the project. I always joke and say that I have made a living in my career singing Joel Lindsey songs, and this project is not a letdown, because he has outdone himself. There’s a song, one of my favorites on there, called “God Speed the Day” that is a big choir song written by Joel Lindsey and Lee Black. Joel brought it to me, and I was like, “Man, I’ve gotta have this song.” I appreciate his talent, for sure.

HC: Are there any guest vocalists on the album?
Doug: Jody sings on it, Wayne Haun is on it, and the McGuires are on there, which thrilled my soul. When they sent me “Jesus Saved Me,” I basically begged them to come and sing on it, because I wanted that Rambo sound. And of course, they brought it.

HC: I don’t know who wrote this one, but I loved the sound of “Don’t Miss the Sunset” … the guitar part and the chord progression. And your voice is really emotive on that one.
Doug: Thank you. That’s Rachel McCutcheon; she’s written a lot here in the last few years. She’s a really hot writer right now.

HC: What are a couple of your other favorites on this project?
Doug: Well, the title track, “The Only One,” is an upbeat country song written by Wayne Haun, Anthony Facello and Randall Garland, and that was the first single. Then I got to sing an absolutely country song, which I’ve been bugging my label, StowTown Records, to let me do for a while. Jason Blaine and Steve Bogard wrote that song; it’s called “A Thirsty World.” It’s straight-up country; it has no direct God reference, but it still talks about love, and I love that as well.

There’s some good stuff on there; I’m so excited. I’ve been excited about the other ones—you’re always excited about something new—but this time, there seems to be an energy behind this project that I’m thankful for. It’s a neat chapter in my life, not only with the trio stuff, but the solo stuff that’s keeping me going. The bookings are great; my schedule’s full, and I can’t thank God enough for that. It’s nice to be able to make a living doing something you love.

HC: Well, we hope lots of people will pick up a copy of The Only One and be inspired by the music. Thanks so much for talking with us today, Doug!
Doug: Thank you!

Enjoy hearing "Jesus Saved Me (When I Could Not Save Myself" (ft. Rambo-McGuire on harmonies) from The Only One: