Nashville, TNÂ â€“ From a beloved songwriting legend, and featuring three of todayâ€™s sweetest Bluegrass voices, StowTown Records has released the song â€œBeside the Crossâ€ to radio. Rhonda Vincent, Lizzy Long and Sally Berry could not produce a better blend to complement the lyrics of Fanny J. Crosby (1820-1915) and the songwriting collaboration of Wayne Haun, Jeff Bumgardner and Joel Lindsey.
When StowTown Records was offered the opportunity to look through a treasure trove of incomplete lyrics by the late hymnist, they were thrilled. Fanny Crosby, known for hymns such as â€œBlessed Assurance,â€ â€œTell Me the Story of Jesusâ€ and â€œPass Me Not, O Gentle Savior,â€ was the most prolific songwriter of her time, having completed over 8,000 hymns in addition to numerous songs of various genres.
This particular song, â€œBeside the Cross,â€ easily lent itself to a Bluegrass feel, and producer Wayne Haun knew that Rhonda, Lizzy & Sally were the perfect fit for the completed song. â€œIt was such an honor for us to be asked to complete a work from one of the greatest writers in history,â€ reflects Haun. â€œWhen you couple that with these three extraordinary voices, the end result is stunning. I know Fanny Crosby would be proud.â€