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Blessed Assurance: Solo Piano Hymns

by Jennifer Haines

14 classic hymns arranged for solo piano in Jennifer Haines unique style including A Mighty Fortress Is Our God, Fairest Lord Jesus, and Amazing Grace
Genre: Classical: New Age
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  Song Share Time Download
1. It Is Well With My Soul
3:48 $0.99
2. O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus
2:53 $0.99
3. Softly and Tenderly
3:13 $0.99
4. Fairest Lord Jesus
3:25 $0.99
5. All Creatures of Our God and King
3:23 $0.99
6. Blessed Assurance
3:57 $0.99
7. This Is My Father's World
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8. Be Still, My Soul
3:24 $0.99
9. Nothing But the Blood
2:59 $0.99
10. A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
3:17 $0.99
11. I Surrender All
2:57 $0.99
12. Amazing Grace
3:00 $0.99
13. Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus
3:01 $0.99
14. Be Thou My Vision
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Album Notes
Working with these beautiful hymns was an experience that I will never forget. When I started this project I decided to learn a bit about each of the hymns I had chosen to arrange and this really brought each piece alive for me. The words of the hymns, themselves, also had a profound impact on me. Although I've grown up singing hymns at church, I never stopped to really focus on the words that I was singing before. Boy, was I missing out! This project was certainly an eye opener for me and I don't think I'll ever look at hymns the same way again!

--Jennifer Haines


"Fans of solo pianist Jennifer Haines (www.usfourmusic.com) have something new to look forward to, a beautiful collection of everyone's favorite traditional hymns: Blessed Assurance.

In a world intent on throwing curve balls and complications our way, Jennifer's gentle melodies offer a soothing balm; a reminder that when things spin out of OUR control, Someone stronger and wiser is still at the helm.

With 14 timeless classics ranging from "Amazing Grace" to "I Surrender All", this 45 minute CD is like a breath of fresh air, catching you up in a spirit of worship and devotion made all the more powerful by the sincerity and adoration of the vessel stroking the keys with passion from her God and King. It's breathtaking, tranquil, beautiful... unbelievably moving.

No matter where you are while you listen - at home, at work or on the road - you'll suddenly find yourself transported to your inner Sanctuary, tapping into the strength and security that only the Almighty can supply.

Tuning into Blessed Assurance is anything BUT a passive experience. As the music wells up within you, you'll catch yourself humming and singing along. And, if it's been a while since you've heard them, simply look inside and you'll find the lyrics and return to simpler times.

Life pulls us in a lot of different directions. Sadly, so many of them are the WRONG directions. Jennifer's latest album offers us a chance to run into the open arms of our Savior and be lavished in His love.

Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling,
Calling for you and for me...

Won't you listen?"

--Jennifer Gibbs




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Kathy Parsons

Uplifting and Optimistic
“Blessed Assurance” is a collection of fourteen classic hymns performed and arranged for solo piano by Jennifer Haines. As often as these old chestnuts have been recorded and performed in or outside of churches, Haines still manages to breathe fresh life into them, making them personal and contemporary without changing them TOO much. Most of these hymns have improvisations and variations on their themes which further personalize and update them. As a whole, the CD has a very flowing and gentle cast to it rather than being majestic or anthemic. And if you get the urge to sing along, Haines has included all of the lyrics in the liner notes. If you don’t want to sing, it’s still a big plus to be able to read the words to see what the songs are about (if you don’t already know them). Several solo piano hymn collections have been released over the past year, and as a reviewer, it’s been fascinating to hear the different interpretations of many of the same songs. They all have the same melodies played on the same instrument, and yet they are so different from each other - a clear indication of the personal impact of this music on the individual performers/arrangers. Fellow pianists will be happy to know that sheet music for all of these pieces is in the works.

The CD begins with a gently flowing arrangement of “It Is Well With My Soul.” Warm and optimistic, it’s a lovely opening. One of my favorites is “O The Deep, Deep Love of Jesus,” which is darkly passionate with an infectious energy. “Fairest Lord Jesus” has fascinating variations on the melody along with some unusual chord changes. “All Creatures Of Our God and King” is full of sunshine and joy - a call to rejoice and praise the Creator. It’s amazing that a hymn as old as “Blessed Assurance” could sound so contemporary - light, flowing, and again very joyful. Each verse of “This Is My Father’s World” is a different variation, giving each its own take on the melody. “I Surrender All” is quietly pensive and expressive. One of the happy surprises on this album is “Amazing Grace.” There must easily be a million different versions of this song, but Haines’ is unique. Rhythmic, energetic, yet soft-spoken and optimistic, it sounds brand new. Each verse has a different treatment, and each works wonderfully well. “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus” will be a beautiful addition to anyone’s holiday collection. “Be Thou My Vision” has been turning up on a lot of piano albums the past year or two, and this is a song that lends itself to a wide variety of interpretations. Haines’ is lighter than many and is a real gem and a great way to close this lovely collection.

Jennifer Haines is working her way into the upper echelons of contemporary solo pianists, and “Blessed Assurance” should help to advance her a good deal farther up the ranks. Whether you are looking for a spiritual uplift or just some great solo piano music to listen to, check out this CD. Highly recommended!


Realmente extraordinario, realmente original!.
Blessed Assurance es la tercera publicación de la compositora y pianista Jennifer Haines. Un álbum compuesto por catorce bellas adaptaciones de himnos eclesiásticos, a los que Jennifer les aporta un delicado toque personal, haciendo suyo cada uno de ellos. No muy comunes en España (desgraciadamente), Jennifer nos acerca estas composiciones, perfectas para escuchar en cualquier momento, disfrutando en una profunda escucha. Para aquellas personas que les resulte desconocido estas piezas, Jennifer ha incluido acertadamente las letras de cada uno de ellos, así como las personas que en su día dieron vida a estas obras de arte.

"It Is Well With My Soul" abre el álbum. Podemos encontrar muchas adaptaciones de esta pieza, algunas de ellas excesivamente rápidas, otras demasiado lentas; pero en este caso, Jennifer ha encontrado el punto intermedio, creando una melodía risueña y cariñosa, diferente a cualquier adaptación antes escuchada. Es increíble como ha variado la melodía, pero aún así, es fácilmente reconocible. Me encanta!.

"O The Deep, Deep Love Of Jesus" es una de las más bellas piezas de este álbum, misteriosa y profunda. El continuado toque de notas bajas, unido a la oscura melodía que dibuja la mano derecha le aportan un toque abatido a la pieza. Una de mis favoritas!.

"Softly And Tenderly" es sinónimo de calidez. Un grácil toque de notas altas del piano van creando una acogedora melodía. Es impresionante como Jennifer acaricia las teclas del piano para ir dando forma a este delicado himno. Una pieza que guarda una gran bondad y ternura. Pura delicadeza!.

Al igual que el tema que abría el álbum, "Fairest Lord Jesus" posee una clara y hermosa variación en su melodía. En ocasiones rápida y desesperada y a veces, pausada y suave. Bella adaptación!.

Un himno escrito en el siglo XIII por San Francisco de Asis es "All Creatures Of Our God And King". Con alegría, Jennifer aporta un toque juguetón a la melodía en su cenit, pero respetando el tono expresivo y emocionante que caracteriza a esta pieza. Una adaptación que me encanta, llenando de luz al oyente!.

La pieza más extensa y la que da título al álbum, "Blessed Assurance", es emotiva y alegre. La mano izquierda reproduce con júbilo un vaivén de notas que acompañan a la sutil melodía. Un himno de carácter dulce e inocente dotado de una gran hermosura. Fantástico!.

"This Is My Father's World" posee un bello toque personal. La melodía ha sido ligeramente variada, siguiendo su propio curso, como improvisada. Un track de carácter simpático y esperanzador, que hace aflorar un perfecto sentimiento de bienestar.

De gran belleza es "Be Still, My Soul", un popular himno al que la artista le aporta un ligero toque. Una pieza, que normalmente es reproducida con más melancolia, pero que en este caso, Jennifer le ha ofrecido un carácter más amable que triste. Sublime!.

"Nothing But The Blood" es un himno escrito por el profesor de literatura Robert Lowry. Un tema poderoso tanto en la melodía como en la letra, al que Jennifer el ofrece una notable emoción en su cenit y a la que posteriormente se torna más calmada.

"A Mighty Fortress Is Our Good" posee una pegadiza melodía. Una hermosa pieza, delicada y positiva, donde la mano derecha, muy expresiva, reproduce la popular melodía, mientras, le acompaña la mano izquierda con progresiones de acordes bajos. Otra de mis preferidas!.

Un toque melancólico suele caracterizar a "I Surrender All", pero Jennifer nos presenta una pieza con un carácter más cariñoso. Una pieza íntima que posee una melodía sensible y dulce que invita a reflexionar. Me encanta!.

El popular "Amazing Grace" encierra una melodía con una energía asombrosa, la adaptación que Jennifer hace de esta canción es alucinante, diferente, la mejor versión que he oído nunca. Con una extraordinaria fuerza, la popular melodía va naciendo en la zona alta del piano dando forma al conocido himno, mientras, la mano izquierda golpea los acordes de acompañamiento con tremenda convicción. Simplemente fascinante y mi preferida sin duda alguna... Wow!.

"Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus" es entrañable, delicada. Las notas altas del piano son acompañadas por un suave alternado de notas bajas, y en ocasiones, por sencillamente el silencio. Un tema de carácter tierno y cálido. Otro de mis favoritos!.

"Be Thou My Vision" es otro de los himnos de los que más adaptaciones se han hecho. En este caso, Jennifer presenta una versión más rápida, dotada de una gran alegría invadiendo al oyente de un gran optimismo. Un final estupendo para este trabajo!.

Blessed Assurance no es sólo un CD lleno de himnos, es una obra maestra en cuanto a originalidad en las composiciones. Jennifer aporta aires nuevos a las catorce piezas, creando frescas y risueñas adaptaciones musicales de los salmos más famosos y sorprendiendo con cada nueva escucha. Realmente extraordinario!. Blessed Assurance es un álbum muy muy recomendable!.