Hugh Moffatt | Songs From the Back of the Church

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Songs From the Back of the Church

by Hugh Moffatt

Songs From the Back of the Church is a group of songs about God and Christianity from the point of view of people on the fringe of society. The album consists of songs written or collected by Moffatt during two decades of writing, singing and traveling.
Genre: Folk: Gentle
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1. Spoken Intro to Hard to be Human
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2. Hard to be Human
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3. Spoken Intro to Jesus, Take Me Fishing
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4. Jesus, Take Me Fishing
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5. Spoken Intro to Christmas in the Saddle
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6. Christmas in the Saddle
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7. Spoken Intro to Angels
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8. Angels
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9. Spoken Intro to Sometimes Heaven
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10. Sometimes Heaven
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11. Spoken Intro to A Father's Prayer
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12. A Father's Prayer
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13. Spoken Intro to He Should Have Known
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14. He Should Have Known
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15. Spoken Intro to The Lord Don't Take No Prisoners
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16. The Lord Don't Take No Prisoners
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17. Spoken Intro to Bottle of Wine/Lean on Jesus
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18. Bottle of Wine/Lean on Jesus
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19. Spoken Intro to The Devil Took the Rest
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20. The Devil Took the Rest
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21. Spoken Intro to Love Me As I Am
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22. Love Me As I Am
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23. Spoken Intro to Another Road
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24. Another Road
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25. Spoken Intro to Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone/This Little Ligh
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26. Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone/This Little Light of Mine
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Reactions to Songs From The Back Of The Church

“Hugh Moffatt’s music is authentic preaching---prophetic, grace-filled, and should be heeded by all of us who claim to be followers of the Way.”
-Will Campbell (author, speaker and renegade Baptist preacher)

“Hugh Moffatt sings gritty, down-on-the-ground songs from the back of the church. People of faith will do well to hear this voice from the margins of church life. His is a voice we miss in most places of worship.”
-Tex Sample (preacher, author, lecturer, and Professor Emeritus at the Saint Paul School of Theology)

“Hugh Moffatt is one of the best lay theologians I know.”
-Rev. Dr. William D. Peterson, (Presbyterian Church USA)

“Hugh Moffatt not only expresses the sentiments of those who stand in the alley behind the church or file into the back pew, but holds up a mirror into our own souls. As we hear these quiet musings and sometimes shoutings in Songs from the Back of the Church, we move beyond theology to a place of faith that is deep, honest, and humbling. Perfectly fitting music and voice make this collection a true gift to the listener.”
-Gail J. Stearns (Director, The Common Ministry at Washington State University)

"What a rainbow of characters and theologies! That was my first thought on hearing Hugh Moffatt's "Songs From the Back of the Church." The belief (and disbelief) about God they articulate is inevitably profound. Inevitable, because they come from the fringe of human community, and that's where truth hangs out a lot. Profound, because the songs are simultaneously comforting and devastating. Each one is illuminating, prophetic, but above all, true. I gotta feelin' Jesus is pleased."
-Lee Domann (troubadour, songwriter, and United Methodist minister)

Hugh Moffatt

The list of artists who have recorded Hugh Moffatt’s songs is international and multi-dimensional. It ranges from Patti Page to Jerry Lee Lewis to The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band to Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Alabama, and Johnny Cash and includes pop, country, traditional and gospel artists from around the world. These records include the chart-topping country singles “Just in Case” by Ronnie Milsap, “Old Flames Can’t Hold a Candle to You” by Dolly Parton, and “How Could I Love Her So Much” by Johnny Rodriguez, and the Southern Gospel hit “Roll Away the Stone” by Wendy Bagwell and the Sunlighters. His song “Rose of My Heart” is part of Johnny Cash’s last recording, American V: A Hundred Highways.

As a performing artist himself, Moffatt has released nine albums and toured extensively around the world. His albums are LOVING YOU, TROUBADOUR and DANCE ME OUTSIDE (duets with Katy Moffatt) for Rounder Records, THE LIFE OF A MINOR POET for Watermelon Records, LIVE AND ALONE for Brambus Records in Switzerland, THE WOGNUM SESSIONS (The Hugh Moffatt Trio) for Strictly Country Records in the Netherlands, GHOSTS OF THE MUSIC for Brambus, and SONGS FROM THE BACK OF THE CHURCH on Sohl Recordings. Sony Australia also released a 17-song compilation from his first two albums under the title, THE WAY LOVE IS.

He is, with composer Michael Ching, the librettist for two one-act operas and one full-length opera. The one-acts are KING OF THE CLOUDS, commissioned and premiered by Dayton Opera in 1993, and OUT OF THE RAIN, commissioned jointly by Opera Delaware, the Kansas City Lyric Opera and Opera Memphis and premiered by Opera Delaware in 1998. These operas have each had multiple productions and continue to attract new audiences.

Moffatt and Ching’s first full-length opera, Corps Of Discovery, A Musical Journey, commissioned by the University of Missouri Show-Me Opera and based on the Lewis & Clark expedition, premiered in May of 2003 in Columbia, Missouri. Opera Memphis produced the professional premier in Memphis in April of 2004, and the University of Idaho presented the Northwest premier in the fall of 2005. The Fargo Opera toured their own production throughout North Dakota in May of 2007.

Whatever the medium, Hugh Moffatt continues to put music and words together to create works of beauty and sincere emotional impact.



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Cate Patricolo

Hugh's Music is Absolutely Inspiring
I saw Hugh Moffatt in Pullman years ago on a rainy fall Thursday night at the Presbyterian church. This album brings back all the beauty of the memory of seeing him live... And then some.


I knew Hugh Moffatt and his music a very long time and so I like this CD. Once I organised a concert with him (in Belgium, where I live) and he is a very friendly guy.
I hope to see him back in the Netherlands and Belgium.


If you want spirituality from the heart, this is a CD you must have
This CD gives a message to all people from all walks of life.
It brings Love and Hope to those in despair, telling that Jesus can be talked to in Prayer, and in Human terms.
For those who believed God was out of reach, listen to this.

Christine White

This CD is inspiring.
I was privileged to see Hugh perform in Nashville at a very special church made up entirely of homeless people. I came home to Kansas and purchased his CD. This CD touches my heart in remarkable ways.