This project is a celebration of songs that transcend generations. I learned many of them while growing up in a small church in the rural South, where the congregation was comprised mostly of dear brothers and sisters in the later stages of life. The creation of these recordings, however, grew out of the years I spent leading music at an Anglican church plant in urban Washington, DC. I have heard 20-something young professionals and retired grandparents sing these songs with equal love and enthusiasm.
The hymns on this album also transcend musical styles. Their basic components—text, melody, and harmony—are so well built that they can be led by choirs and pipe organs or by guitars, bass, and drums. When sung in the Spirit’s power, they can shake the walls of cathedrals or bring a living room full of people to a foot-stomping crescendo.
Added to this collection of great hymns, you will find two songs I co-wrote with my friend Bruce Benedict. Think of these as understudies—humble little songs that are shadowing and striving to learn from some of the best congregational pieces ever written.
I dedicate this project to my friends at the Church of the Advent in Washington, DC. When I listen to these songs, I celebrate the friendships that grew out of worshipping and singing them together. All of our hopes, we set on the risen Christ!
Washington, DC, March 2014
released March 22, 2014
All songs public domain, except Dawning Light of Our Salvation and Who is Like the Lord Our God, written by Wendell Kimbrough & Bruce Benedict.
© Wendell Kimbrough (BMI) and Bruce Benedict, 2012 and 2013 respectively. Learn more about Bruce’s excellent work in liturgical resources at cardiphonia.org
The musicians below are the people who made this project come to life. Many of them are friends from churches in the Renew DC family (renewdc.org
), and many of them donated their time to this project. If you know these musicians, thank them!
Rachel Wilhelm - lead and backing vocals
Lauren Hofer - lead and backing vocals
Andy Zipf - lead and backing vocals, guitars
Anika Smith - backing vocals
Ben Hofer - backing vocals, banjo
Brian Pollock - backing vocals, guitar
Andrew Litke - cello, arrangements
James Claypool Morrison - violin, arrangements
Jon Steele - bass
Nathan Hooks - bass
Jim Barredo - drums
Jeremy Geddert - piano
David Parker - lap steel guitar
Wendell Kimbrough - lead & backing vocals, guitars, piano, accordion, samples, percussion
The choir performing on “Dawning Light” is from Church of the Servant in Grand Rapids, MI (churchoftheservantcrc.org/worship/
). Their choral parts were arranged, conducted, and recorded by Greg Scheer (gregscheer.com
). Thanks, Greg!
Album Produced and Engineered by Wendell Kimbrough at Asparagus Media Studios in Takoma Park, MD (asparagusmediastudios.com
) and at the Kimbrough apartment
Mixed by Wendell Kimbrough & Steve Steckler at Asparagus
Mastered by Bill Wolf at Wolf Productions (wolfproductionsinc.com
Album design by Lauren Hofer (laurenshealittle.com