Cathy Oakes | A Heritage of Faith

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A Heritage of Faith

by Cathy Oakes

Original arrangements and medleys of traditional church hymns.
Genre: Spiritual: Hymns
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1. In the Garden
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2. Amazing Grace - Grace Greater Than Our Sin
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3. Sweet Hour of Prayer
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4. We Gather Together - Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
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5. I Am Thine, O Lord
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6. His Eye Is on the Sparrow
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7. He Leadeth Me
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8. Near the Cross - The Old Rugged Cross
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9. 'tis so Sweet to Trust in Jesus
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10. My Jesus, I Love Thee
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11. Blessed Assurance
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12. He Hideth My Soul
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13. I Need Thee Every Hour
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14. What a Friend We Have in Jesus
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15. It Is Well with My Soul - Be Still My Soul
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16. Hymn of Thanks (An Improvisation)
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Album Notes
Dedication:
This album is dedicated to the memory of my precious grandmother, Lucy Shingleton Conner. When I was a child, she would comfort me by rocking me and singing the hymns of the church. I have loved the hymns my whole life and they are still a source of comfort and strength to me. Thank you, Granny for my Heritage of Faith.

Credits:
The CD was recorded by:
Greg Bostock of Blastoff Music Ministries
blastoffmusic.org (Shreveport, LA)

Orchestrated and mastered by:
Doug Hammer of Dream World Productions
www.dreamworld.com (Lynn, MA)

CD art designed by:
Matt Strieby, Newleaf Design

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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"A Heritage of Faith" is the fifth album from pianist/composer/arranger and former pastor Cathy Oakes. Fifteen of the sixteen tracks are Oakes’ expressive interpretations of favorite hymns, several of which are medleys; the sixteenth track is an improvisation. The album is dedicated to the memory of Oakes’ grandmother who would often rock Oakes while singing hymns to her when she was a child. Nearly all of the hymns in the collection are traditional classics that most Christians know, and several are quite old. Oakes has very effectively brought them up-to-date with her flowing style and heartfelt emotion. Even though she didn’t write the original songs, she has certainly made them her own! The overall feel of the album is one of relaxed contemplation, providing almost an hour of peaceful piano music. Doug Hammer added light orchestration and subtle choral voices to the otherwise solo piano arrangements - a very nice touch! I also want to mention the gorgeous cover artwork by Matt Strieby of New Leaf Design that shows a country church set in the middle of a huge field of red tulips with a piano keyboard pathway leading to the church.

"A Heritage of Faith" begins with one of my favorite hymns, “In the Garden.” Oakes keeps the simple, poignant melody uncluttered while expressing the beauty of this ageless song. The first medley combines “Amazing Grace” and “Grace Greater Than Our Sin,” a hymn I wasn’t familiar with. The gentle string washes behind the piano add soft tonal colors and give the songs wings. The second medley joins “We Gather Together” with “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” a combination that really works! “His Eye Is On the Sparrow” quietly soothes the soul, as does “My Jesus, I Love Thee” - such beautiful melodies! “Blessed Assurance” is another one of my old favorites, and Oakes’ arrangement really coaxes the piano to sing (without words, of course!). I’ve always loved the warmth and welcoming feel of “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” and Oakes captures that feeling perfectly. The last pairing is “It Is Well with My Soul” and “Be Still My Soul” - so peaceful and yet so passionate! The closing piece is an improvisation called “Hymn of Thanks,” an eloquent meditation on gratitude and appreciation for the many blessings we are given in our lives.

Whether you are a faithful church-goer or simply enjoy lovely piano music, "A Heritage of Faith" is sure to please!
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Pam Asberry

Sure to become a favorite of people of faith everywhere!
Cathy Oakes’ fifth album, “A Heritage of Faith,” is her first all-hymns recording.
Comprised of sixteen original solo piano arrangements with orchestrations by Doug Hammer that gracefully complement the piano, this music is perfect for a relaxing Sunday afternoon or anytime. A veteran of music ministry and a pastor herself, Oakes obviously knows this music inside and out and her affinity for it is apparent. There is nothing in these arrangements to offend the traditionalist, yet each reflects Oakes’ unique style; her affection for these beloved hymns is apparent in her tenderhearted interpretations. Oakes’ renderings of the “old standards” will stand up to repeated hearings and offer encouragement and inspiration to all who listen.

Each and every hymn on this album is lovely, but I do have a few personal favorites. The Thanksgiving song “We Gather Together” ties to “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” with surprising rhythmic twists. “In the Garden” and “Sweet Hour of Prayer” are peaceful and meditative. “Blessed Assurance” and “He Hideth My Soul” begin quietly but build to a glory-filled finish. “It Is Well with My Soul” combines with “Be Still My Soul” in a moving and awe-inspiring way, and the concluding track, “Hymn of Thanks” (completely improvised!) is similarly powerful and uplifting.

This album is sure to become a favorite among people of faith everywhere. Recommended!
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