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StowTown Records Releases Fanny Crosby: Newly Discovered Hymns & Songs

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on March 26, 2018 – 9:58 am -

StowTown Records Releases Fanny Crosby: Newly Discovered Hymns & Songs

StowTown Records Releases Fanny Crosby: Newly Discovered Hymns & Songs

(Nashville, TN) – A project that has been in the making for over 100 years is finally available today. StowTown Records is excited to announce a historic project, Fanny Crosby: Newly Discovered Hymns & Songs.

Fanny Crosby is an iconic part of the fabric of faith in America, penning over 8,000 hymns and gospel songs. These classics of the church include “Blessed Assurance,” “Pass Me Not, O Gentle Saviour,” “I Am Thine, O Lord,” “Tell Me the Story of Jesus,” among others.
Recently, a treasure trove of unfinished and unpublished works was found by Stephen Kelley (associate producer) at Wheaton College. This discovery gave Wayne Haun (producer/StowTown co-owner) an idea – to finish these lyrics with some of today’s top writers and give life to these songs with performances by 15 of today’s top artists in inspirational, bluegrass and gospel music.
“This is a project that comes along only once in a career,” states co-producer Wayne Haun. “To comb through these unfinished works that were started over 100 years ago is humbling. Each writer carefully composed additional verses, choruses, and melodies that remained true to the Crosby style. She was truly one of America’s greatest treasures.”
Along with Crosby, additional writers on this project include Sue C. Smith, Marcia Henry, Rachel McCutcheon, Val Dacus, Dianne Wilkinson, Melissa Brady, Jim Brady, Lee Black, Don Poythress, Jeff Bumgardner, Joel Lindsey, Scott Inman, Tim Lovelace, Randall Garland and Wayne Haun.
Frances Jane Crosby, born March 24, 1820, is a true hero of the faith. Despite being blind since infancy, she never felt inhibited by her inability to see. It is evident that God’s hand was on her life, with her compositions being printed more than 100 million times. Also known for her teaching and rescue work, Crosby is credited with helping The Bowery Mission in NYC in the early years of its operation. Crosby’s piano – which is featured on the cover artwork – is housed at The Bowery Mission, where her legacy lives on daily as they care for the homeless and underprivileged in NYC.
Fanny Crosby: Newly Discovered Hymns & Songs is available at your local Christian retailer and on iTunes, Amazon and other digital outlets as well as Christian Book Distributors here.
Track Listing:
  1. Shout Hosanna – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
  2. I Know the Sweet Voice of the Shepherd – Legacy Five
  3. Beside the Cross – Lizzy Long, Rhonda Vincent & Sally Berry
  4. God of This Moment and God Evermore – Charles Billingsley with Sisters
  5. Hold Me Up – Jason Crabb with Darla McFadden & Amber Nelon Thompson
  6. The Isles of the Deep – Triumphant
  7. Calmly Resting in the Lord – The Erwins
  8. Be Still – The Whisnants
  9. Not in My Strength – The Booth Brothers
  10. I Know That Jesus Loves Me – The Collingsworth Family
  11. Jesus – The Jim Brady Trio
  12. In Another Hour of Song – The Perrys
  13. My Soul Shall Trust in Thee – The Guardians
  14. His Love Will Shelter Me – Tim Lovelace with Jeff & Sheri Easter & Morgan Easter Smith
  15. A Crown of Life – The Mylon Hayes Family

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The NEW Hymns of Fanny Crosby

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 4, 2015 – 9:04 am -

The NEW Hymns of Fanny Crosby - Multi-artist project Includes Ernie Haase & Signature Sound

The NEW Hymns of Fanny Crosby – Multi-artist project Includes Ernie Haase & Signature Sound

The incomparable Fanny Crosby’s gift to the Church shines anew in Blessed Assurance: The New Hymns Of Fanny Crosby releasing globally Oct. 9 from Integrity Music. The project features unfinished and never-before-published Crosby hymns respectfully crafted with help from Paul Baloche, Michael Farren, All Sons & Daughters, Jon Egan (New Life, Desperation Band), Bart Millard (MercyMe), Stu G (Delirious?, One Sonic Society), Michael W. Smith, Matt Redman, Krissy Nordhoff (“Your Great Name”), Greg Sykes, Dustin Smith and more.

 

Complete with vocal performances from Baloche, Egan, All Sons & Daughters, Blind Boys of Alabama, Elias Dummer (The City Harmonic), Ricky Skaggs & The Whites, Darlene Zschech, Israel Houghton with Seth & Nirva, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound and Meredith Andrews,among others, Blessed Assurance: The New Hymns Of Fanny Crosbystands as an original, new-heritage collection from this blind composer that has inspired generations of Christians around the world with hymns like “To God Be the Glory,” “All the Way My Savior Leads Me,” “Blessed Assurance” and “Redeemed.”

 

“When you start looking at her legacy, you begin to understand how this remarkable woman truly lived her worship,” says Integrity’s VP of Song & Artist Development, Adrian Thompson. “She lived a frugal life, was diligent in writing, a blessing to the poor, didn’t build herself up… And yet, every living president in her lifetime wanted to meet her. The impact of her life and the influence of her hymns simply cannot be overstated.”

 

In celebration of the remarkable legacy of Fanny J. Crosby 100 years after her death, Integrity Music offered the select gathering of remarkable worship leaders and songwriters above access to an astounding 2,700 unpublished and unfinished compositions by Crosby. This forgotten musical treasure that sat hidden for years was passed from Crosby’s publisher to the historic Wheaton College.

 

Stephen Kelley, an artist, writer and entrepreneur who collects antique hymnals, learned of the forgotten cache and tracked them down to Wheaton. “They wheeled out 20 library carts containing the manuscripts,” Kelley recalls, “…some lyrics were on scraps of paper and the backs of envelopes, letterhead, legal paper, all with Fanny’s initials. I couldn’t believe it when I saw them.”

 

New life was breathed into 15 of these hidden gems, recorded for Blessed Assurance to shine a modern light on the remarkable legacy of the woman called “the Queen of Gospel Song Writers.”

 

“There are so many magical moments on this record,” says Bobby Blazier (The Alternators), who co-produced the album with Christian music veteran John Hartley. “Fanny Crosby was quite an intellectual, but she loved different styles of music, so we tried to honor her in that way, leaning more toward Americana, than just about anything.”

 

For example, “Where Could We Go,” which was completed by multiple Dove Award nominated Integrity writer Michael Farren, “sounds different than anything you might consider to be a Crosby hymn,” says Blazier. “The music has a ragtime feel to it, something that Fanny would have loved. Then, hearing the Blind Boys interpret it in their bluesy, soulful way, it just turned out great and is so true to the Americana approach.”

 

Other tracks on Blessed Assurance: The New Hymns Of Fanny Crosby include All Sons & Daughters’ tender call to worship “We Are Waiting,” Michael W. Smith’s interpretation of “No One Like Jesus,” Paul Baloche’s take on “Come To The Water,” and the unexpectedly Southern Gospel turn Ernie Haase gives to “I Have Found A Priceless Treasure.”

 

“There are a lot of churches that prefer hymns, and there’s a new generation discovering them for the first time as they seek deeper roots within a fresh, modern context,” explains Thompson. “With these two connections in mind, we’ve tried to keep as much of the original lyric as possible, engaging songwriters/leaders in the modern worship movement to help usher the richness of those lyrics into the modern era.”


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