First of 5 EPs from 2019 Sing! Conference| Posted December 06, 2019 Sing! The Life of Christ: Quintology is the fourth album to be released from Keith and Kristyn Getty’s Sing! worship music conferences, following 2018’s Sing! Live at The Getty Music Worship Conference and 2019’s Sing! Psalms: Ancient + Modern (Live At The Getty Music Worship Conference) and Sing! An Irish Christmas - Live At The Grand Ole Opry House.
The new album will be released in five separate EPs over the next several months. The project will follow the five main themes of the 2019 Sing! conference – Incarnation, Passion, Resurrection, Commission, and Ascension of Jesus Christ, and include 30 songs. To find out more about my takeaways from the 2019 conference, held in Nashville, read my article “Reflections From the 2019 Sing! Getty Worship Conference here.
The album was recorded at the Gaylord Hotel Convention Center, the Grand Ole Opry House and the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Everything that the Gettys and their musical friends do is with excellence. Throughout, the songwriting, singing and musical performances are of a very high quality, especially noteworthy for a live recording.
The first EP is on the Incarnation. Below are a few comments about each song: Across the Lands/Of the Father’s Love Begotten – “Across the Lands” was written by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend. “Of the Father’s Love Begotten” was written by Aurelius Clemens Prudentius. This track begins with the recitation of John 1 by astronaut Colonel Jeff Williams before segueing into the choir singing verses one and three of “Of the Father’s Love Begotten” before the full band goes into “Across the Lands” with Kristyn Getty on lead vocals.
Key lyrics: You’re the Author of creation; You’re the Lord of ev’ry man;
And Your cry of love rings out across the lands. Sing We the Song of Emmanuel – This song was written by Matt Boswell, Matt Papa, Stuart Townend, and Keith Getty. The song opens with piano, and then the full band kicks in. This is my favorite new Christmas song this year. Boswell and Papa share lead vocals with the audience joining in on the closing “Gloria”.
Key lyrics: Glory shining for all to see Hope alive, let the gospel ring
God has made a way, He will have the praise
Tell the world His name is Jesus Come Adore the Humble King – This song was written by Matt Boswell and Matt Papa. This piano driven song has Boswell and Papa sharing lead vocals. The song features a violin solo and builds powerfully. Joy Has Dawned/Angels We Have Heard on High – “Joy Has Dawned” was written by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend. “Angels We Have Heard on High” was written by James Chadwick. The song begins with the choir singing verse one and the refrain from “Angels We Have Heard on High” before the full band kicks in with “Joy Has Dawned”, with lead vocals by Kristyn Getty. The upbeat song gives the band an opportunity to flex its muscles mid-song. The song ends with the refrain and verse three from “Angels We Have Heard on High”.
Key lyrics: What a Savior! What a Friend! What a glorious myst’ry!
Once a babe in Bethlehem,
Now the Lord of hist’ry. Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery – This song was written by Matt Boswell, Matt Papa and Michael Bleecker. The song begins with piano, before adding drums, bass and guitar. Boswell and Papa share lead vocals.
Key lyrics: What a foretaste of deliverance
How unwavering our hope
Christ in power resurrected
As we will be when He comes In Christ Alone/I Stand Amazed (O How Marvelous) – “In Christ Alone” was written by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend. “I Stand Amazed’ was written by Charles Gabriel. Kristyn Getty and Travis Cottrell share lead vocals on “In Christ Alone”, and the album closes with a spirited version of “I Stand Amazed”.
Key lyrics: And as He stands in victory, Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me;
For I am His and He is mine—
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.
Best songs: All
Note: The 2020 Sing! Getty Worship Music Conference will be held August 31 – September 2 in Nashville. To get more information and register go here.