HYMNS for the Christian Life, the highly-anticipated new release from modern hymn writers and recording artists Keith and Kristyn Getty, was launched in the USA this month.
Produced by Charlie Peacock (The Civil Wars, Switchfoot) and Ed Cash (Chris Tomlin, Kari Jobe), the 12-song project explores such themes as work, family, money, community and social action, showcasing Irish melodies as well as American bluegrass and country music influences.
This original collection is highlighted by a special 10th anniversary recording of ‘In Christ Alone’ featuring 27-time Grammy Award-winner Alison Krauss. Penned by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend, the world-renowned modern hymn has been recorded by numerous artists over the past decade, including Owl City, Natalie Grant and Newsboys, and is a classic sung in churches around the globe.
Commenting on the new album, Kristyn, who is originally from Glengormley and began her career singing at Glenabbey Church, said: “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.”
The former Ballyclare High School student added: “We hope Hymns for the Christian Life also reflects our continuing goal to write modern hymns for the Church.
“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 and Kristyn, along with their band - an ensemble of some of the top names in Irish and American folk music - are in the midst of their Hymns for the Christian Life Tour of cities around the US.