God’s amazing transformational power surrounds us. This week as we “Spring” forward Jesus’ resurrection power is evident in His creation as new buds emerge on barren limbs, blades of grass push upward from the earth, and beautiful flowers adorn our pathways. However, these are only one proof of Our Lord’s constant renovating force. We have also experienced intimately it in our salvation moment, when He reached down to rescue us from enslavement to sin. Then, outside our hearts and in our lives, He strives to pursue His perfect will in us and all we do for Him.
Just this week I have again witnessed His marvelous transformational power in action! This past Saturday, March 15, through the talents of a specially assembled group of musicians, He took The Beatitudes Songs to an entirely new level, as they “laid down” the accompaniment tracks for these powerful messages in music to a sound and style that will immediately connect with lovers of Contemporary Christian music.
The process of these songs have been astounding. From quiet summer mornings when inspired words flowed onto paper, then as these lyrics became majestic melodies under the touch of Annette Herndon, followed by in-depth critiques by Babbie Mason that elevated them to a higher level for rewrites for our album producer, David Staton.
This past Saturday we proceeded to the next step at the magnificent recording facilities at Beech Creek Studios in Brentwood, Tennessee, owned by Mike Gay. Dirk Johnson (band leader & keyboardist), Dave Cleveland (guitarist), Jimmy Carter (bass guitarist), Kelly Back (guitarist), Steve Brewster (drummer), Pete Greene (engineer) transformed these songs to an incredible sound I never imagined, as Annette and David Staton sang the vocals.
Included below is a short video of one of the song sessions.
Below are samples of five of the songs that will be on the album. These are in power point format so that you may see the lyrics as your listen to a portion of the melodies. (Just click on the song name below, open the file, click on Slide Show at the top, and then on From Beginning Slide. It should play automatically for you.)
My Heart Will Break No More (Those Who Mourn)
We are “almost there” with the production of the Beatitudes Songs album, which I feel will be an incredible tool Our Lord will use to steer hearts to discover His astounding Beatitudes stored up for every believer. They are life changing and make us difference makers for Him while on earth! Music moves our hearts, and I know God will use these songs to bring souls even closer to Him. His timing is always perfect. We are now in the process of reaching out to various artists for the final vocal recordings for these songs. Please pray that Our Lord will lead us to the exact artists He desires to sing the Beatitudes to our world and that He will speak to them to collaborate in this wondrous endeavor for Him!