Published: 14/03/2012 (Updated on 30/04/2012) with tags: Life.
Call it what you like – the hymn re-write movement; re-imaginings and adaptations of old hymns or simply putting old hymns to new music. This is a trend that’s here to stay. The only surprise, really, is that it went away for a few years. Here is a little introduction to some of the groups making great music. There are also lots of free tracks, which doesn’t hurt.
This is a kind of super-group – albums are composed of hymns sung by various artists. The production quality is excellent – this is hymns done right.
- Get the full picture by visiting the Indelible Grace website
- Listen to one of their live concert albums, The Hymn Sing: Live In Nashville
- Get Arise My Soul: An Indelible Grace Sampler free
Red Mountain Music
RMM is a music group formed by members and friends of Red Mountain Church in Birmingham, Alabama.
- Here’s Red Mountain Music’s website
- Download the B-side collection – a bunch of songs that aren’t on their albums.
- Get Help my unbelief free
The Gospel Coalition
Now, the Gospel Coalition do a lot more than music, but nevertheless, this is well worth a listen.
- Sing Them Again: The Gospel Coalition Hymn Sing Sampler
- Zac Hicks has released Lord, I Believe for free, as a communion hymn, via Justin Taylor
Matthew Smith, of Indelible Grace, has released a lot of his own albums of hymns, available to listen to on Bandcamp
Page CXVI are dedicated to making hymns accessible and known again. Their work doesn’t seem to have the production finesse of some of other groups here (is it the vocals that feel flat?) but they’re worth checking out.
From their website: Ordinary Time is an independent folk acoustic trio rooted in the Christian tradition. The band’s oeuvre seamlessly weaves the hymns of generations past with their own new songs – often indistinguishably – producing a sound that ranges from bluegrass-tinged Americana to sacred harp hymn arrangements.