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‘Hymns for the Christian Life’ is the brand new worship album from Keith and Kristyn Getty. Packed with a collection of fresh worship tracks that your church is sure to be singing, this album was begun two years ago when the Getty's settled in Nashville, Tennessee. Not only are the tracks all new recordings, this album also includes new co-writers, artists and musicians that combines the best of the worlds of Irish traditional Celtic root spirituality and a down-home Nashville bluegrass and country heritage.
• New recordings and interpretations of best loved Keith and Kristyn Getty Songs
• All your favourite songs of worship, praise and devotion on one new CD
• Most sung expressions of the Christian life given a new vitality and impact
• With guest vocalists, players and new instrumental arrangements
• Gift for Getty and music fans, and new to Christian life and worship
• Unique blending of Celtic tradition with blue-grass gospel infuences
• Benefits from the Getty's sung theology and their time among US musicians
The album explores and celebrates in music the challenge of the Christian life beyond the walls of the church. It offers insight and encouragement in melody and lyrics of handling doubt, praying for your children, care of others and proving the gospel story in every part of life. Produced by Charlie Peacock and Ed Cash, the album features guest vocals from Alison Krauss, adding a new contemplative layer to Getty classic ‘In Christ Alone’ and Ricky Skaggs on the Jesus story based track, "Simple Living (A Rich Young Man)."
Hymns for the Christian Life CD by Keith and Kristyn Getty was published by Kingsway in October 2012 and is our 11444th best seller. The ISBN for Hymns for the Christian Life CD is 804879268123.
The Right Hymn At The Right Time
Posted: Sunday, February 10th
Keith Getty: “This is the first time we’ve been in the UK for more than three years and its’ great to be back. We’ve got a new project and its’ called hymns for the Cristina Life. It’s really hymns that are about life once we’re out of our pews and once we leave church; what it is it that joins out worship to the challenges of everyday and that’s been a fun thing to explore. We’ve written songs on money, on community, on work on caring for the needs of others, on family and lots of really interesting subjects that we have to deal with on a daily basis. We’re just so excited to be sharing it with these audiences. We began in Liverpool, this is now our third night on the Belfast waterfront with our band with all the musicians, with choirs and orchestras and it really doesn't get any better than this.”
“Hymns for the Christian Life” is what you get when the church’s most popular songwriters take their ancient Irish heritage and mix it up with some good old Nashville country music. With guest vocalists and new co-writers, Keith and Kristyn Getty give you 15 tracks that true to their roots and bursting with new energy, new depth and new spirit to keep your heart singing.
"Keith & Kristyn Getty have a unique gift of crafting original, timeless hymns that have quickly become Church standards," - Greg Bays, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for EMI/CMG about Hymns for the Christian Life.
“Praise God for these two! We need more Christian musicians who understand how to write modern hymns! Ultimately, it is God's Word that builds up and encourages us (2 Timothy 3:15-16), and here we have Bible-saturated lyrics in abundance, but with wonderful music that does not distract from the great truths of the words, but rather serves and enhances their meaning, fulfilling the Colossians 3:16 pattern of music. What's more, the music manages to be at once accessible and good for congregational singing, and simultaneously original.”
“This music has been a great source of inspiration to me when one feels that ones faith is under pressure as it reminds me that we can reach out to a God who loves us so much that he sacrificed his son to redeem sinners. It is a reminder to pray as it makes the listener open to the Holy Ghost by calming us & taking away stress as in tension prayer withers. If the aim was to bring those who listen to the CD closer to a God of love, peace, hope, forgiveness & joy then it has succeeded!”
Well known and loved in Ireland the UK – especially among Christian worshippers with a taste for their Celtic influence, modern hymn writers Keith and Kristyn Getty’s 'Hymns for the Christian Life' will be their fourth release across the Atlantic and into the US Christian music audience. Produced by Charlie Peacock, known for his involvement with bands ‘The Civil Wars’ and ‘Switchfoot’, and Ed Cash, a key influence on the recorded sound of Chris Tomlin and Kari Jobe, this 12-song project highlights the Getty’s traditional Irish background as well as American bluegrass and country music influences. Says Keith Getty, "Irish music essentially gave birth to folk music. Having lived in Ireland and now in Nashville, we can harness the best from both musical styles in our song writing for the Church.
This themed collection explores aspects of life such as work, the family, money, community and social action and includes a special 10th anniversary recording of their great church standard, "In Christ Alone". Created by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend, the world-renowned modern classic has been not only been recorded by numerous top artists but, perhaps more importantly, is a church favourite sung in praise and worship around the globe. Making for a unique listening experience, this recording features 27 time GRAMMY winner Alison Krauss. In addition, bluegrass icon, Ricky Skaggs, joins Keith and Kristyn on the track "Simple Living (A Rich Young Man)." Written by the couple and long time musical soul-mate, Stuart Townend, the song is based on Jesus' story of the rich young ruler. Clannad's Moya Brennan, one of Ireland's most loved singers, lends voice to a traditional Gaelic lullaby as part of "A Mother's Prayer" – a work penned by Keith & Kristyn with Fionan de Barra (of Broadway's production of Riverdance) for their young daughter, Eliza Joy.
Says Keith Getty, "The concept for these songs began two years ago when we took a break from touring and settled in Nashville. Amid conversations with friends and co-workers around our dinner table and on our porch, we found ourselves discussing the challenges of the Christian life. We pondered ideas such as, 'What does it mean to succeed in your job but not make it your god? How do I handle doubt? In what way should I pray for my children? What is our responsibility for the care of others inside and outside our community?' We believe the Gospel story touches every part of life, so these new songs are a reflection of those conversations and us turning to the Gospel for guidance. We hope Hymns for the Christian Life also reflects our continuing goal to write modern hymns for the Church," adds Kristyn Getty. "What excites us most about the work we do is seeing a song used by a congregation and hoping it becomes part of the soundtrack that follows a believer through life."
Keith & Kristyn Getty are among the pre-eminent modern hymn composers of this generation. Writers of an acclaimed repertoire of 21st century hymns, the singer/songwriter couple are revered both for their theologically astute lyrics and universally beloved melodies. Writing hymns together for more than a decade, the Gettys bridge the gap between the traditional and the contemporary creating what is described as singable theology. Their songs, many co-written with Stuart Townend, have pioneered a new generation of modern hymns.
The renowned Getty/Townend hymn, “In Christ Alone,” has remained the most popular song for congregations throughout the UK for six years. In addition to their hymn tours and Christmas tours, they have shared their music at the United States Pentagon, the GMA Dove Awards, Franklin Graham crusades, for President George W. Bush, at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, and in the Royal Albert Hall in London. They have spoken at universities from Harvard to Wheaton and remain involved in conferences including the Lausanne Congress and The Gospel Coalition. Today, Keith & Kristyn Getty stand as the mentors and guardians of emerging talent in new hymn writing for the modern church.
If this is the sound you get when musicians and artists from one culture spend a few years in another, then let’s make all Christian musicians change continents every couple of years. The two traditions of Irish music and Bluegrass folk are clearly distinguishable, yet thoroughly blended. So on this album there’s a mix of plaintive prayer, melodic ballad and down home country stomping. In all this blend of rhythms, melodies, harmonies and instruments, lyrics are still what the Getty’s are all about.
The Getty's draw deeply on the musical roots and spiritual traditions of their Irish homeland for their inspiring, singable, and theologically solid, modern hymns. Their songs have already taken hold across churches in Europe, crossing musical genres and bridging generations beyond the Church's traditional sphere of influence. The hymn most identified with the couple, 'In Christ Alone', penned by Keith in collaboration with Stuart Townend has been recorded more than 100 times, including arrangements by Natalie Grant and the Newsboys, and is now one of the most popular Christian songs of all time in the United Kingdom.'
"In the Church, the purpose of singing is to express the community we have as the Body of Christ," says Keith, to which Kristyn adds, "To try and search for the melodic ideas and song structure that might bring more people in, that's what we're trying to investigate; is there a way to bring everyone together musically?" Of equal importance to the formula of the modern hymn is the story. "I love storytelling in songs and I think people love stories," Keith observes. "People will sing theology forever if the song takes them on a journey, and with 'In Christ Alone,' I wanted to write a song that would tell the whole story of the life of Christ, almost like a modern creed."
That’s why this song has a right to its place on 'Hymns for the Christian Life'. There are so many ways to sing it, and guest vocalist, Alison Krauss, finds something new yet again. Nothing triumphal here, no dramatics, just a contemplation of what the words mean when you sing them with real meaning. Without the backing of a church congregation – which is the way we’ve all got used to hearing it, the lone voice of Alison in the final verse speaks almost of loneliness and being thrown back onto the one strength that can keep us standing when all else fails. It’s the only place where confidence resides; “Here in the power of Christ, I stand.” And that's theology at its deepest, simplest, most singable best. Why wouldn’t it be on this album?
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|Author / Artist||Keith and Kristyn Getty|
|Publisher||Kingsway (October 2012)|
|Page last updated||27th November 2012|