NASHVILLE, TN â€“ You’ve see John Hagee on the Glenn Beck Show, on the FOX News Channel, and you know him as a New York Times Bestselling author, as well as the founder and Senior Pastor of the 19,000 member Cornestone Church in San Antonio, TX. Just recently, John Hagee has introduced an entirely different side of himself to the public with his music release A Lifetime Of Music. The single, “Cry From Valley Forge,” is currently at radio stations across the country.
The CD features guest appearances by Bill Gaither, The Oak Ridge Boys, as well as his son Matthew Hagee and family group The Hagees.
â€œThese are classic songs of the church with a beautiful message that never grows old. They just get better with the passing of time,â€ says Hagee. Produced by award winning producers, Michael Sykes and David Huntsinger (who have worked with such notables as The Gaither Vocal Band, The Oak Ridge Boys and Andy Griffith), this album lovingly wraps those songs in the colorful and diverse sounds of Americana music.
John Hagee was born in Goose Creek, Texas where his father pastored a church just down the road in Channel View. Evening would find the Hagee family playing and singing on the front porch while neighbors gathered round to enjoy the sounds. He reminisces, â€œMusic was a large part of our life, the thing we did together the most. I listened to the radio and there were two shows I listened to, Guy Lombardo, and the Jazz orchestra out of Preservation Hall in New Orleans, and I drifted toward the New Orleans side. Iâ€™d listen to the licks they did and get my saxophone out and replicate them. When Iâ€™d go to church Iâ€™d put all those licks in our church songs; mother didnâ€™t mind as long as you stayed in tune and on beat.â€ Those influences are evident his soulful delivery of, â€œJust a Closer Walk with Thee,â€ which features guest vocals by The Oak Ridge Boys and, â€œWhen the Saints go Marching In.â€ Also featured is a stirring rendition of the gospel standard, â€œVictory in Jesus,â€ where Hagee is joined by Southern Gospel Patriarch, Bill Gaither.
Itâ€™s obvious when listening to this collection that John Hagee is enjoying himself as he expresses his deepest sentiments and profoundly held beliefs. He shares his abiding love for his country and what it means to be a patriot on the rousing single, â€œCry from Valley Forge.â€ The project is rounded out by several other gospel favorites such as, â€œNo One Ever Cared for Me like Jesus,â€ â€œWhen they Ring the Golden Bells,â€ and â€œThe Meeting in the Air.â€
Pastor Hagee has received Honorary Doctorates from Oral Roberts University, Canada Christian College, and Netanya Academic College in Israel. He is the author of 32 major books including four on the New York Times Best Sellerâ€™s List. His most current book entitled â€œCan America Surviveâ€ is published by Howard Books, a division of Simon and Schuster. After 52 years of ministry, He still continues the Hagee family musical tradition by singing with his children Matthew, Christina and Sandy.
A Lifetime of Music is available from John Hagee ministries at www.jhm.org or 1-800-854-9899 and on iTunes.