If the prodigal son himself was to write an EP after returning home, it might sound something like Damon Covert’s Have You Met My Friend Jesus? After wandering in personal darkness and experiencing personal crisis, Damon received Jesus fully, proclaiming Him Lord of his life and has delved deep into serving God through his musical talents. He serves regularly on the worship team at his home church, plays guitar and leads worship for the Celebrate Recovery program on Saturdays in Grove City, PA.
Have You Met My Friend Jesus? Opens with the rocking “Nowhere to Run.” Reminiscent of Bruce Springsteen’s earlier years, Damon rocks through soaring guitar riffs and a memorable refrain that clearly indicates of the Lord’s love. “I Had a Dream” is a musical retelling Joseph’s story. Grunge undertones, married with melodic lines and some serious crunch turn out an interesting take on this ancient tale. “Have You Met My Friend, Jesus” is an americana styled ballad, uncovering an emotional tale of pain and frustration with a predictable answer, but the way in which the story unfolds is familiar with some unexpected production twists, that are similar to Blue October’s softer side. “Soul Care” is a treasure on this album. While it’s miles away from “I Had a Dream,” they feel like they should belong on the same album. There’s a strong soul element, employing some horns and groovy background vocals. While it’s Damon’s weakest vocal performance, it’s also his most honest and bare on this record, similar to that of Springsteen’s delivery on “The River.” We take another turn with the Irish folk inspired tune, “More.” Laden with lilt, rife with internal rhymes, this song is a well written tune with some ‘turn of phrases’, that if you are a songwriter, you’ll wish you’d had written. Damon exits with a song of thanks with “Thanksgiving Day.” Again, another ancient Irish inspired tune, that is heartfelt and honest.
Damon Covert is an honest singer, his songs are warm, honest and truth runs through all of them, both scripturally and in experience. Have You Met My Friend, Jesus is a solid album for both the artist and those who desire something that sounds different from everything else out there.
Well, Have You Met My Friend, Jesus? Would you like Damon Covert to introduce you? Because I think you’ll find He’s worth it.
Damon Covert resides in PA and is also a member of the Christian rock band, Taking Ground.