‘HYMNS for the Christian Life’ is the highly-anticipated fourth US release from preeminent local modern hymn writers and recording artists Keith and Kristyn Getty.
Produced by Charlie Peacock (The Civil Wars, Switchfoot) and Ed Cash (Chris Tomlin, Kari Jobe), the 12-song project explores such themes as work, family, money, community and social action, showcasing Irish melodies as well as American bluegrass and country music influences.
This original collection is highlighted by a special 10th anniversary recording of ‘In Christ Alone’, featuring 27-time Grammy Award-winner Alison Krauss. Penned by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend, the world-renowned modern hymn has been recorded by numerous artists over the past decade, including Owl City, Natalie Grant and Newsboys, and is a classic sung in churches around the globe.
In addition, bluegrass icon Ricky Skaggs joins the couple on ‘Simple Living (A Rich Young Man)’. Written by Keith and Kristyn Getty and Stuart Townend, the song is based on the Bible story of the rich young ruler. Clannad’s Moya Brennan, one of Ireland’s most beloved recording artists, also contributes to Hymns for the Christian Life, singing a traditional Gaelic lullaby as part of ‘A Mother’s Prayer’. Keith & Kristyn Getty, along with Fionan de Barra (Broadway’s Riverdance), penned the piece for their young daughter, Eliza Joy.
“The concept for these songs began two years ago when we took a break from touring and settled in Nashville,” explained Keith. “Amid conversations with friends and coworkers around our dinner table and on our porch, we found ourselves discussing the challenges of the Christian life. We pondered ideas such as, ‘What does it mean to succeed in your job but not make it your god? How do I handle doubt? In what way should I pray for my children? What is our responsibility for the care of others inside and outside our community?’ We believe the Gospel story touches every part of life, so these new songs are a reflection of those conversations and us turning to the Gospel for guidance.
“We hope Hymns for the Christian Life also reflects our continuing goal to write modern hymns for the Church,” added Kristyn. “What excites us most about the work we do is seeing a song used by a congregation and hoping it becomes part of the soundtrack that follows a believer through life.”