His nearly platinum-selling debut CD and hits like "Help Pour Out the Rain" and "Sweet Southern Comfort" introduced millions to his warm, expressive voice. But the performances on Times Like These are something else. These are the vocals of a man at the top of his game -- muscular, emotional and awesome in their impact. Turn off any recording-studio trickery devices: This guy is for real.

"I chose songs that I thought would stretch me a little bit," says Jewell. "On this album, I tried to grow as a vocalist. One of the reasons I chose Garth Fundis to produce is that he has worked with some of my favorite vocalists — Keith Whitley, Don Williams, Trisha Yearwood. I figured if anybody could showcase my vocal range, he could."