Title - Evensong (Hymns And Lullabies At The Close Of Day)
Artist - Keith and Kristyn Getty
For those not in the know, award-winning and current GMA Dove award winners, Keith and Kristyn Getty of Getty Music, have just released their latest collection of 13 original hymns and lullabies.
Entitled Evensong (Hymns And Lullabies At The Close Of Day), it features guest appearances from Vince Gill, Heather Headley, Ellie Holcom, Sierra Hull, Deborah Kelmme, and Sandra McCracken.
Released worldwide on August 28th, 2020, on the eve of the historic Sing! Global conference, Evensong is a dream project for Kristyn Getty.
On turning 40, she and Keith decided that this project would be the way she would mark the year. First set in motion early in the year, the global pandemic meant that an album intended to bring comfort to homes at evening time was also recorded during a shelter at home season.
Album producer Ben Shive was able to gather recordings from each musical collaborator and masterfully create a project fusing the Celtic, folk, bluegrass, classical, and Americana sound the Gettys have become known for around the world.
1. 'Hush-a-by (Come unto Me and Rest)'
2. 'Sun of My Soul (Shine)' – featuring Sarah McCracken
3. 'Consider the Stars'
4. 'Softly and Tenderly' / 'Ashokan Farewell (Medley)' – featuring Vince Gill, Ellie Holcomb, Sierra Hull, and Deborah Klemme
5. 'Is He Worthy?'
6. 'Lily of the Valley'
7. 'His Eye Is on the Sparrow' – featuring Heather Headley
8. 'Jesus, Friend of Little Children'
9. 'The Lord Is in His Holy Temple'
10. 'My Heart Is Filled with Thankfulness'
11. 'Keep Letting the Light In'
12. 'Abide with Me'
This quite magnificent, oh-so beautiful album (and, on a personal note, one that has refreshed and nourished my soul just from the very first listen) opens with the almost-ethereal 'Hush-a-by (Come unto Me and Rest)' and backs that up with the free flowing majesty of 'Sun of My Soul (Shine)' (featuring Sarah McCracken), and then we get the thought-provoking stillness of 'Consider the Stars,' the dulcet quietness found within 'Softly and Tenderly' / 'Ashokan Farewell (Medley) (featuring Vince Gill, Ellie Holcomb, Sierra Hull, and Deborah Klemme), and then the pleasing tranquility found within inspiration of 'Is He Worthy?'
Next up is the sweet, late-'50s Paris aroma of 'Lily of the Valley,' which is followed by the piano imbued 'His Eye Is on the Sparrow' (featuring Heather Headley), which is in turn backed by the lonesome quaintness of 'Jesus, Friend of Little Children,' and then the atmospheric 'The Lord Is in His Holy Temple.'
This simply divine new album continues on with the reaching, soaring milieu of 'My Heart Is Filled with Thankfulness,' and then comes the regally fearlessness of 'Keep Letting the Light In,' with the album rounding out on a breathless version of the Christian hymn 'Abide with Me,' closing on the delightful lullaby, 'Evensong.'
Keith Getty OBE says, “Evensong, is a project born out of a family tradition. We close out our days with a time of reflection in thought, song, and prayer."
"This collection of hymns and lullabies features a mixture of many of our daily emotions that help us redirect the mind and the comfort of the heart.”
“These are lullabies and hymns we have sung to and for our own children,” says Kristyn Getty of her four daughters. “Singing God’s truth into both the more tender and vulnerable moments of the day has been a centerpiece of raising our own kids."
"I know I need true words spoken into my heart and mind to help de-clutter all that presses in upon me from day to day. I hope these songs help people dwell on the Lord and His promises; to release a burdened mind, to calm a restless heart and point us towards real peace in Christ.”
The cover art was specially created by internationally renowned Irish artist Ross Wilson.
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