McLaughlin is no stranger to taking anyone’s breath away. The first time I ever saw him open for Kelly Clarkson I was unfamiliar with his music or even who he was but was instantly drawn to his honest, heartfelt lyricism that he penned on his own and his expertise with a piano. He made playing the piano seem as cool as being a drummer or an electric guitar player.
He quickly got a lot of attention and even appeared in the Disney movie Enchanted as himself. He even dueted with pop songstress and Broadway legend Sara Baraielles.
Holding My Breath is McLaughlin’s fourth studio album and was released on September 24, 2013.
The album was made exclusively for the fans and created with the site Pledgemusic. It got #8 on the Billboard Top Christian albums chart and #141 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Song by Song Review
Above The Radio: A piano rock track about slowing down and listening to the music of life
Hallulejah: A fun jazzy like track about not losing your soul in the pursuit of material things
Doesn’t Mean Goodbye: A piano ballad about fighting through the rough patches of the love between you and that special someone.
Anybody Else: A piano pop song about seeing someone you used to be involved with and how it brings back all the memories
Oh, Jesus: A heartfelt promise to Jesus that no matter how black and blue life gets, he will thank God for Jesus.
Broken Hearted: A song about how even though a broken heart is painful, the sun will warm the cold desolate pieces of it’s brokenness and you will love again because you can’t love again until you’ve been broken hearted.
Fire Away: A slow song about a stillness between you and another because of tensions between you
Oh!: A pop rock track about someone pulling away from a shot of love between the two of you
Imaginary Tea: A song McLaughlin wrote about a tender father-daughter relationship.
The Truth: A song with a mysterious jazzy blue feel about someone who spread lies and was found out
Throw It On The Fire: A song about a love that still embers but no longer burns bright enough to survive.
At Night: A final instrumental piano track
Holding My Breath is a effortless peek into this musician’s heart and all that keeps him breathing. Some of these items include: staying true to himself, his faith, his family, and love with the right person. McLaughlin’s independent project was crowd funded for good reason: he was meant to sing a breathless song.