After receiving critical acclaim for their stirring collection of hymns written for the church, Irish artists Keith and Kristyn Getty are set to release their U.S. debut project for children, Songs That Jesus Said.
The Gettys recorded the album of 20 new songs in Northern Ireland. Songs that Jesus Said features the vocals of Kristyn Getty, along with the New Irish Youth Choir--a group of 20 young people who deliver an energized and inspiring collection of children’s songs all centered on New Testament stories that Jesus taught.
The Gettys’ ability to pair rich theological content with singable melodies continues to shine in their latest offering. Tracks such as “You Know,” based on Jesus’ teachings in Matthew 6, focus on God’s sovereignty, while “Christ has Risen” joyfully tells the resurrection story. All children are sure to love “Little Zac” a playful tune about Jesus’ interaction with Zacchaeus from Luke 19.
“We applied the same principles we use in writing our hymns to these songs, only in a more simple format for kids,” says Keith. “We wanted to create something that captures a child’s imagination and teaches Scripture through storytelling.”
Since releasing their first album, In Christ Alone, in 2006, the Gettys continue to create both fresh and timeless worship music for the church. Their first album, described by Christianity Today magazine as “singable theology,” received a Dove-award nomination for Best Inspirational Album of the Year in 2008 and garnered the Top 5 radio single “The Power of the Cross.”
Their hymn “In Christ Alone,” co-written with hymnwriter Stuart Townend, has been recorded more than 200 times by various Christian artists and is the most sung worship song in churches across England.
The Gettys’ sophomore release in 2009, Awaken the Dawn, garnered the duo their second Dove nomination for Praise & Worship Album of the Year. Here’s what the media has said about the Gettys:
Who is creating the next generation of hymns for the Church? And greater still, has the unique formula of the hymn been abandoned on the back pew of the praise & worship movement? Irish composers and artists Keith & Kristyn Getty don’t believe so, and they’re on a mission to revive the art of hymnody for a new generation. (Christianbook.com’s Music Blog, June 2010)
[The Gettys] are committed to a higher calling: writing modern hymns in a contemporary idiom that teach the faith and bring the generations together in worship. (Leadership Journal, January 2009)
“[Their music] offer ageless, liturgical messages set to distinct Celtic melodies and an ethereal, meditative inspirational sound. In Christ Alone is testament that effective hymn writing—though something of a forgotten art in the last fifty years—is alive and well in the church today.” (Christianity Today, February 2008).
Keith and Kristyn divide their time between their home in Northern Ireland and Nashville. Their music and worship resources are available on www.gettymusic.com.