In March 2007, a class EF4 tornado ripped through the town of Enterprise, Ala., taking with it 11 lives and leaving a town forever changed. During the storm, the Enterprise High School was destroyed. Plans have been drawn to rebuild the school in time for the 2010-11 school year, but this comes with a hefty price tag . . . $80 million. Produced by James Stroud (producer of Tim McGraw, Toby Keith and Clint Black) and Ronnie Gilley, We Are Enterprise: The Album to Help Rebuild Enterprise High School is an 11-song compilation that will help raise money for the rebuilding of the school through the donation of all net proceeds from the artists and record labels involved.
Clint Black, George Jones, Deborah Allen and others lend their voices to the cause, and the album maintains a traditional country sound throughout. While songs like Joe Diffie’s acoustic-based version of Carole King’s “You’ve Got a Friend” and Lorrie Morgan’s sweet melodies on the piano ballad “You Are So Beautiful” work nicely, the tracks created exclusively for the project are the ones that really stand out. Darryl Worley’s “Katie’s Song” (co-written by Worley) opens with bagpipes before ushering in a moving acoustic guitar melody. Worley sings of the departed watching over their loved ones with emotional lines like “If you’re gonna take me home early/Give me wings.” Shelly Fairchild also offers a remarkably soulful and empowering performance on “It’s All Gonna Work Out” (co-written by Fairchild). The R&B/soul influenced and organ-based ballad continually builds while Fairchild’s voice flows smoothly through the twists and turns of the catchy melody. The album’s best song is Aaron Tippin’s “Mighty Good God.” This song (written by Tippin and wife Thea Tippin) is a gospel gem that could have been included on the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack. Beautifully orchestrated melodic harmonies swing high and low over an acoustic guitar and a percussion section that simply contains clapping hands. The song is uplifting, empowering and symbolizes what this collection is all about – faith-based songs of overcoming adversity.