There is a distinctive southern lilt in singer-songwriter Dana Glover's voice, but that voice is blue-eyed soul, not big-hat country. "I do want my music to show I'm from the South," she says. "But I was raised on the sounds of gospel and old-school soul."
This musical heritage has naturally found its way into Glover's debut album, Testimony (released Oct. 15, 2002, on DreamWorks Records). As for the themes explored therein, they are suggested by the disc's title: giving testimony, telling the truth, expressing just who Dana Glover is.
"I had a dream that Testimony was the name of the album," she remembers. "It was very vivid and very specific and when I woke up I thought, 'I don't really know what the finished product is going to sound like, but that's the title.'"
In addition to its soul-baring and legal connotations, the word "testimony" here also reflects the testifying of a believer. To be sure, a gospel-like fervor bursts from the title song, for one; "Rain," too, seems heaven-sent. "I considered writing 'Rain' as a kind of cornerstone of believing that I was going to do this album - I knew that when I wrote it. It felt inspired.
"Testimony truly comes from the heart and I wanted to make sure it sounded that way, like the records I loved when I was growing up," she says. "I wanted people to see who I am, the strength, but also the vulnerability. All I wanted was to get to the things that were true."