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Light In The Canyon [edit]
by Sandra McCracken | Genre: Praise & Worship | Release Date: June 24, 2022

Sandra McCracken introduces her 17th and new album 'Light In The Canyon' recorded live at Laity Lodge in the hill country of Texas. This album gathered stellar musicians from LA, Nashville, and New York to reimagine some of McCracken's most influential church and worship songs as well as to write new ones, putting a jazz twist on each of them. =

'Light In The Canyon' has a sonic essence of spontaneity and an old-meets-new timelessness as Sandra McCracken retells songs that span two decades of songwriting with more joy and complexity.

"These songs are meant to be light and joy for the church, affirmations of the truth that does not change, and spirituals that call us to steady faith," the artist comments.

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01. Send Out Your Light
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02. I Will Sing
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03. Trinity Song
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04. Thy Mercy, My God
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05. We Will Feast In The House Of Zion
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06. Hold to God's Unchanging Hand
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07. Call Upon Him
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08. Have Mercy
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09. Christ is the Life of the World
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10. Until He Comes Again (feat. Andrew Osenga)
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Reimagined Songs from Sandra McCracken | Posted June 27, 2022
Light in the Canyon is Sandra McCracken’s 17th album and is the follow-up to her early 2022 covers album Carry Each Other. The excellent new album was recorded on a weekend retreat in the Texas hill country at Laity Lodge. She reimagines with a jazz sound, some of her songs that span two decades of songwriting as well as including a new song. McCracken is accompanied by musicians John Pattiucci, Jon Cowherd, James McAlister, Andrew Osenga and John Raymond, as well as background singers.  I especially enjoyed the outstanding piano work by Cowherd.    
McCracken tells us that this is a collection of gospel songs, songs of truth and hope in an age of uncertainty.  They are songs that help us remember what we believe, like light in a valley.  They are also songs that correspond with her recent book, Send Out Your Light: The Illuminating Power of Scripture and Song.  
Here are a few brief comments about each song: 
Send Out Your Light – This song was written by McCracken and is based on Psalm 43. The song features, piano, horns, backing vocals, and drums. A great opening song. 
Key lyrics: 
Send out Your light and Your truth
Let them lead me
Bring me to Your holy hill
To Your dwelling
Then I will go to the alter of God
To God my exceeding joy
Then I will praise You with all my heart
Oh my joy, my joy
I Will Sing – This song of worship was written by McCracken and Leslie Jordan. The song features drums, piano, bass, and guitar. 
Key lyrics: 
With my mouth
I will tell of Your faithfulness
I'll declare, Lord, Your covenant
With my life
Trinity Song – This song about the Father, Son and Holy Spirit was written by McCracken. The song features piano, guitar and horns.  
Key lyrics: 
Holy Father, Son and Spirit
Holy Communion, Three in One
Holy Father, Son and Spirit
Holy Communion, Three in One
Thy Mercy, My God – The lyrics to this song were written by John Stocker, and the music by McCracken. The beautiful worship song has McCracken accompanied by piano. Key lyrics: 
All praise to the Spirit, His whisper divine
Seals mercy and pardon, and righteousness mine
We Will Feast In The House Of Zion – This song was written by McCracken and Joshua David Moore. The song features piano, bass, light percussion, and backing vocals.  
Key lyrics: 
We will feast in the house of Zion
We will sing with our hearts restored
He has done great things, we will say together
We will feast and weep no more
Hold To God's Unchanging Hand – This song was written by Jennie Wilson in 1906. The song features bass, guitar, piano and backing vocals.   
Key lyrics: 
Hold to God’s unchanging hand,
Hold to God’s unchanging hand;
Build your hopes on things eternal,
Hold to God’s unchanging hand
Call Upon Him – This song about prayer was written by McCracken, Rachael Lampa and Trillia Newbell. The song features drums, guitar, piano, bass and backing vocals.  
Key lyrics: 
Call upon Him, call upon Him
There is power in the Name
Call upon Him, call upon Him
There is power in the Name
Have Mercy – This song, a prayer, was written by McCracken and Thad Cockrell. The song features piano, drums, guitar, and bass. 
Key lyrics: 
Have mercy on us
Have mercy on us, O Lord
Christ Is The Life Of The World – This worship song was written by Sandra McCracken. The song features piano, light percussion and guitar, horns and some excellent bass.  
Key lyrics: 
Let us lift up, lift our hearts, 
It is good to lift our hearts to the Lord
Until He Comes Again – This new song, which features Andrew Osenga, is about remembering what the Lord has done for us as we celebrate the Lord’s Supper and long for His return. The song features piano, bass, drums, guitar, and backing vocals.  
Key lyrics:
By this we remember in love
As we gather with bread and wine
We remember until He comes again
Favorite songs
Send Out Your Light
I Will Sing
Thy Mercy, My God
We Will Feast in the House of Zion
Hold to God’s Unchanging Hand

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