Steven Marking | Grandma's Favorite Gospel Hymns

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Grandma's Favorite Gospel Hymns

by Steven Marking

Classic, beloved hymns like "In The Garden", "It Is Well With My Soul", beautifully sung with a choir and marvelous soloists - the timeless hymns you love but don't get to hear in church very much anymore!
Genre: Spiritual: Traditional Gospel
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1. Amazing Grace (feat. Grandma's Gospel Choir & Jen Roberdeau)
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2. I Love to Tell the Story (feat. Grandma's Gospel Choir, Jon Strangstalien & Jen Roberdeau)
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3. At the River (feat. Grandma's Gospel Choir)
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4. How Great Thou Art (feat. Grandma's Gospel Choir)
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5. Beautiful Savior (feat. Grandma's Gospel Choir & Jen Roberdeau)
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6. Leaning On the Everlasting Arms (feat. Grandma's Gospel Choir & Jon Strangstalien)
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7. Softly and Tenderly (feat. Faith Blum & Steve Arenz)
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8. In the Garden (feat. Grandma's Gospel Choir)
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9. Church in the Wildwood (feat. Grandma's Gospel Choir & Steve Arenz)
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10. Nearer My God, To Thee (feat. Grandma's Gospel Choir)
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11. Rock of Ages (feat. Grandma's Gospel Choir)
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12. Abide With Me (feat. Grandma's Gospel Choir)
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13. It Is Well With My Soul (feat. Grandma's Gospel Choir)
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14. Precious Lord, Take My Hand (feat. Grandma's Gospel Choir & Kevin Laubach)
2:25 $0.99
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15. This Is My Father's World (feat. Grandma's Gospel Choir)
2:28 $0.99
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16. Just as I Am (feat. Grandma's Gospel Choir)
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17. The Old Rugged Cross (feat. Grandma's Gospel Choir)
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18. God Be With You (feat. Grandma's Gospel Choir)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
I spent 22 years studying and singing classical music on the east coast, much of it in New York City. When I left the east coast and moved back to my hometown near La Crosse, Wisconsin I wanted to work with local musicians and do music other than opera. I did a tribute to Frank Sinatra, lots of gospel music, a program of river songs, and a heavy dose of the American Songbook.

I guest sang at several churches and when I talked to people about what they wanted to hear I kept getting the same message. Sing us the old hymns, simply without jazzing them up or doing some fancy arrangement. Let us hear them the way they were meant to be sung. I assembled a choir from area churches and we recorded Grandma's Favorite Gospel Hymns at Halfway Creek Lutheran Church outiside of Holmen, Wisconsin, which is pictured on the cover of the CD. We scheduled two sessions and had five rehearsals in preparation for the recording. After the first three hymns went smoothly, my recording engineer Brett Huus turned to me and said, "I wonder if they know it doesn't usually go this smoothly?"

We continued on with the session and kept everything fresh and from the heart, and laid down all 18 songs in the one session, and we cancelled the second session. I truly believe that the holy spirit was with us as we sang with our hearts and voices, never considering that it was a difficult task, or even that it was a labor of any sort. When the CD was produced we did two fundraising concerts on the same day, filling Halfway Creek Lutheran Church twice, selling over 200 CDs and raising over $5000 for their building fund. This was the most positive and successful musical project I have been involved in during all my years of performance. I will always treasure this CD and the music making in that small country church.

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