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Phillips, Craig and Dean - Fearless
Contemporary Christian, Contemporary Worship, Inspirational
August 4, 2009
Notes / Reviews

Fearless is the eleventh studio album from Contemporary Christian group Phillips, Craig and Dean. It was released on August 4, 2009., and won a Dove Award for 'Inspirational Album of the Year' at the 41st annual GMA Dove Awards.


Randy Phillips explained how they found the album's theme:

“We were talking about how afraid our church members are today. A look at your finances right now might mean kids who wanted to go to college can't, and so on. The fear that brings can be paralyzing... But then we asked ourselves, Shouldn't believers who have the heart of eternity in them be different? That's where we found our theme; fear less, hope more.”

Shawn Craig explained his view of the album's message:

“Fearless is a statement against the current level of anxiety that's being sold by the loudest voices in our culture... But I've also been inspired by the stories of Christians in parts of India. A missionary our church supports tells us about many who are baptized there in spite of being shunned by family or even endangering their live. That's being fearless. We all need that kind of courage.”


The first track on the album, "Counting on God", a pop worship song written by Jared Anderson, is paraphrased by Randy Phillips as "Get out of the funk. Embrace life! Run headlong into it. Start counting on God." Album producer Bernie Herms wanted Phillips to "Get in the microphone and growl" and had him singing through a magazine to produce a vocal effect.

When explaining the meaning of "Revelation Song", Randy Phillips stated that it “captures the moment of looking up into Heaven, peeling back the curtain of eternity so we can peek in. If you keep your eyes on the Dow Jones or nuclear weapons in North Korea, you’ll always be nervous. Look to the awesomeness of God instead.” The song was written by Jennie Lee Riddle.

Another song on the album, "Let God Be God", was written by Dan Dean in response to global instability. Dean stated that "This is the perfect time for us to say, Don't panic. God is in control. Jesus asks in Luke 12:25: Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?" One of the edgier songs the band has recorded, the song even has a James Brown scream, which Dean originally recorded to be funny, but it eventually stuck.

"The Distance", an original song written by Shawn Craig, is explained by him as "The idea is that God couldn't stand the distance between us, so He came near. There's a bit of hyperbole in that, but the principle is true. God shows His love in spanning the canyon between mankind and Himself with the humble cross. I feel as strongly about that lyric as any I've written."

"Nothing to Prove", an adult contemporary song, was written by Dan Dean in response to the death of a close friend and church member's father. "I'll never forget the morning he called and said, 'My dad is gone,'" Dean recalled. "It was brilliant and sad, and I went into the chapel with a heavy heart asking God what I could do, and out came this song with words that I hope can be said about me someday."

Randy Phillips also explained the message and style of "Spirit Of God Is Here". "If you love golf, talking to Tiger Woods would be an honor. If it were politics, maybe you'd enjoy speaking with President Obama. But to talk to God! That's amazing. And musically, Bernie gives the song some Coldplay cool."


Fearless was received positively by CCM fans, selling over 10,000 units during its first week of release, peaking at no. 1 on the Hot Christian Albums chart and no. 49 on the Billboard 200, both career highs for Phillips, Craig and Dean.

Fearless was also received positively by critics. Kevin Davis of Christian Music Review gave the album a B+, commenting that he particularly enjoyed “Counting On

God”, “From The Inside Out”, “Revelation Song” and “The Distance”.


The album's first single, "Revelation Song", was released digitally on May 5, 2009. It was successful on the charts, reaching no. 1 on Billboard's Christian Songs and Christian AC charts, spending over 10 weeks at the top on both. It also had a run on the iTunes Christian Singles chart, reaching no. 1 on it as well. The song won a Dove Award for 'Worship Song of the Year' at the 2010 Dove Awards, at which it was performed live by Phillips, Craig and Dean and Kari Jobe.

"Great Are You Lord" was released as the second single of the album on April 30, 2010. It has currently peaked at No. 1 on the Soft AC/INSPO Chart, holding the spot for 3 weeks, 19 on the Christian AC chart, and 22 on the Hot Christian Songs chart. After dropping out of the main Soft AC/INSPO chart, it also peaked at no. 1 on the Soft AC/INSPO recurrent chart.

Chart positions



! Christian Songs

! Soft AC/Inspirational

! Christian AC Monitored



Category:2009 albums

Category:Phillips, Craig and Dean albums

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Artist/Band Information

Phillips, Craig and Dean is a contemporary Christian music trio composed of Randy Phillips, Shawn Craig, and Dan Dean. Since forming in 1991, they have released 12 albums and earned 18 No. 1 radio singles. The group has received nine GMA Dove Award nominations, and sold over two million units, receiving two Dove Awards for participating in the special event album My Utmost for His Highest in 1996, and also took the 2010 Dove Award for Inspirational Album of the Year, Fearless.


In 1991, Randy Phillips went to several record companies with a solo album he had. StarSong, a Nashville-based company, urged him to form a male vocal group. He then called two friends who also happened to be pastors—and had also recently made solo albums.

In 1992 they released their eponymously-titled debut album, which peaked at No. 13 on the Christian albums chart. The band followed it with Lifeline in 1994 and Trust in 1995, which charted at No. 12 and No. 11, respectively. The song Crucified with Christ from Trust was particularly popular, reaching No. 1 on the INSPO chart and being nominated for 'Inspirational Song of the Year' and ' Song of the Year' at the 1997 Dove Awards. It was also awarded the 'Inspirational Song of the Decade Award' by CCM Magazine.

In 1996 they released a Christmas album titled Repeat the Sounding Joy featuring the Christ Church Choir and the Nashville String Machine.

In 1997 they released Where Strength Begins. The following year, they released a compilation titled Favorite Songs of All. In 1999 they returned with Restoration, and followed it with Let My Words Be Few in 2001 and Let Your Glory Fall in 2003.

In recent years, they've shed their contemporary Christian roots and focused on more worship oriented music. On that line, they've released their latest albums. It was through Phillips' weekly TV program that Phillips, Craig & Dean discovered what would be the title track for their 2004 CD Let The Worshipers Arise. The praise & worship-themed show sought to discover the best song from an unknown songwriter with Michael Ferrin of Texarkana, Texas taking home the top prize. Once the judging was over, the top five winners came to Austin and the winning song debuted on an Awakening broadcast. "When I heard him sing it live it was one of those moments," Phillips recalls. "I think when people hear it, it’s going to cause them to reach out to Christ with a renewed passion like they’ve never had before."

In 2006, Phillips, Craig and Dean released their 11th studio album, Top of My Lungs. Three singles from the album, Your Name, Saved the Day, and Top of My Lungs, landed Top 5 spots on the INSPO chart.http The band gained national attention when Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton approached the plate at home games during the 2008 season to "Saved the Day", a song from the album.http

They've also contributed to several Contemporary Christian music compilations, most notably My Utmost For His Highest in 1995, and their second greatest hits album, the 2CD set The Ultimate Collection, was released by Sparrow Records in 2006.

Since all three singers are full-time pastors and make it a priority to be at their respective churches in Sunday services, they have declared a virtual moratorium on Saturday night concerts.

They have performed at the conventions of the National Religious Broadcasters and Christian Booksellers Association, appeared at Moody Church, played at Promise Keepers rallies, and recorded music for the National Day of Prayer.

Kari Jobe 2010 GMA Dove Awards.jpg275pxrightthumbPhillips, Craig and Dean and Kari Jobe perform "Revelation Song" at the 2010 GMA Dove Awards.

Their most recent album, Fearless was released on August 4, 2009. It sold over 10,000 copies during its first week and reached number 46 on the Billboard 200, becoming the trio's highest-debuting album to date. The album's first single was "Revelation Song". It reached number 1 on Billboard's Hot Christian Songs chart in August 2009, and stayed at the top for 11 weeks, and grabbing the top spot on the INSPO chart for 18., and earned a Dove Award at the 2010 GMA Dove Awards for 'Worship Song of the Year', while Fearless earned the 'Inspirational Album of the Year' award. During the 2010 GMA Dove Awards, Phillips, Craig and Dean performed Revelation Song live with fellow CCM artist Kari Jobe.

In 2010, the second single from Fearless, "Great Are You Lord" reached No. 1 on the INSPO chart. It has also peaked at No. 23 on the Hot Christian Songs chart and 19 on the Christian AC chart.


Randy Phillips

* Pastor of the Austin, Texas-based

* Hosts "The Awakening", a long-running worship series—taped in Austin and aired nationally on TBN and other channels

Shawn Craig

* Pastor of in St. Louis, Missouri—for over 25 years

* Completed his Masters of Divinity Degree at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma

* Has won three GMA Music Awards for the song In Christ Alone (in 1993—Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year; in 1994—Song of the Year; in 2006—Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year again)

*Married to Becky Trueblood-Craig from Heritage Singers

Dan Dean

* Pastor of in Carrollton, Texas

* Wife, Becky, was in a near-fatal car accident on New Year’s Eve 2002. She is now fully recovered.

Theological criticism

Randy Phillips, Shawn Craig, and Dan Dean all serve as pastors of Oneness Pentecostal churches. Both Shawn Craig's church (South County Christian Center) and Dan Dean's church (Heartland Church) are affiliated with , while Randy Phillips' church (Promiseland West Church) is unaffiliated. The trio have been criticized for their belief in Modalism, the belief that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are different manifestations of one God, rather than distinct persons within God Himself. In response to these critics, PCD Ministries released a statement affirming their belief in the "existence of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit - the Three in One." Randy Phillips further clarified that "e believe in one God who is eternal in His existence, Triune in His manifestation, being both Father, Son, and Holy Ghost and that He is Sovereign and Absolute in His authority."




*1998 Favorite Songs of All (Star Song)

*2004 8 Great Hits (Sparrow)

*2005 The Worship Collection: Favorite Songs of All (Sparrow)

*2006 The Ultimate Collection (2CD) (Sparrow)

*2007 Greatest Hits (Sparrow)

*2007 Favorite Live Songs of All


*2005 Live (INO/Epic)

Singles/Charting Songs

*2 Reached No. 1 on the Soft AC/Inspirational chart

*3 Reached the Top 5 on the Soft AC/Inspirational chart

Awards and honors

GMA Dove Awards


*1993 Best New Artist

*1995 Inspirational Song of the Year for I Want To Be Just Like You

*1995 Inspirational Album of the year for Lifeline

*1997 Inspirational Song of the Year for Crucified With Christ

*1997 Song of the Year for Crucified With Christ

*2005 Praise and Worship Album for Let the Worshippers Arise

*2007 Praise and Worship Album for Top of My Lungs

*2010 Song of the Year for Revelation Song


*1996 Special event album of the year for My Utmost For His Highest (Myrrh)

*2010 Inspirational Album of the Year for Fearless

*2010 Inspirational Song of the Year for Revelation Song

Other awards

*1992: New Artist of the Year (Christian Research Report)

*1993: No. 2 Favorite Group (CCM Magazine)

*1993: No. 1 Song of the Year for Favorite Song of All (CCM Magazine)

*2000: Inspirational Song of the Decade (1990s) for Crucified With Christ (CCM Magazine)

*2005: Favorite Inspirational Artist Reader's Choice (CCM Magazine)

*2006: Favorite Inspirational Artist Reader's Choice (CCM Magazine)


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