Wednesday, November 19, 2008
As Stars Shine Bright
I invite you to watch this mini documentary of a new song I co-wrote called Gloria Exaltus. It is a Christmas hymn based upon Philippians 2, the incarnation of Jesus Christ.
My friends, Kenny Riley and Brian Nixon, helped pull this very cool project together. You'll notice that the song is different from most modern songs--IT"S GOT AN ORCHESTRA! Actually it's the New Life Symphony Orchestra Southwest, conducted by Michael Bowen (an excellent group of local classical musicians). Also we feature a choir to add vocal power and an anthem-like feel(They're called Voices of Promise). The song features the very sweet lead vocals of Chrissy Jeter, from the rock group, The Echoing Green.
I really enjoyed the whole process, from writing to recording. There was so much fun in creating this thing. I hope you are blessed by the song as well.
The song is on a brand new CD set called, As Stars Shine Bright- a compilation Christmas CD put out by The Connection. We wanted to get it out by Christmas since it features some old traditional songs as well as a few new ones especially fitting for the Christmas Season.
The words of this new hymn are as follows:
Glory to God all you nations. Sing of His loveliness Laud Him with pure adoration. Sing of His loveliness. Sing of His loveliness!
All glory and honor and power are His. Magnificent, wonderful King.
Immortal, eternal and righteous is He. I will singŠHis praise.
Born in a manger in Bethlehem¹s wake. Sing of His lowliness.
Love is abounding for poor sinners¹ sake. Sing of His lowliness. Sing of His lowliness!
Shepherds all join with the heavenly host, an anthem of gratitude bring.
Immutable, faithful and gracious is He. We will singŠWe will singŠ
Gloria Exaltus! Gloria Exaltus! Holy is His Name Gloria Exaltus! Gloria Exaltus! Holy is His Name
Child of mercy, a Child of grace. Sing of His worthiness.
Born to the earth for salvation¹s embrace. Sing of His worthiness. Sing of His worthiness
Gloria Exaltus! Gloria Exaltus! Holy is His Name
Happy Holidays (I mean Merry Christmas!)