Hearing others sing my music (and winning composition contests)

This morning I found out that my song, “We Belong to God,” won The Hymn Society’s contest calling for new settings of Psalm 100. I’ve written about thirty psalm settings, and this one is one of my favorites (there are even a couple of bars of samba in the verses). Back in March, when my trio recorded all of the tracks for Makes the Heart to Sing: Jazz Hymns, we also recorded seven additional songs with guest vocalist Sarah Kervin. “We Belong to God” was one of them.

Hear a clip from “We Belong to God” here.

Watch my sheet music page to purchase the music (both the mp3 and the fully notated piano score/lead sheet).

 

The musicians who recorded “We Belong to God”: Scott Latzky, Sarah Kervin, myself, and Daniel Foose

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New album cover unveiled! Pre-orders still on! Gigs in NY, OH, and MN!

I’m happy to be writing while looking out at trees in my mom’s backyard in upstate New York. There are so many logistics with the new album- and with upcoming tours and performances- that I am grateful for the opportunity to escape the concrete jungle. Yesterday I saw two red cardinals and yellow finches that made repeat visits to the backyard bird feeder…

I’m also happy to unveil the album cover for Makes the Heart to Sing: Jazz Hymns:

Thanks go to designer Tom Beckham, photographer Erika Kapin, and makeup artist Shelley Van Gage.

The digital album and sheet music e-book will be released in August; the physical CD will be released in October. You can pre-order any combination of these items ($10 for the digital album; $15 for the CD; $25 for the digital album/e-book combo; $30 for the physical CD/e-book combo) HERE at Bandcamp.

Pre-order Makes the Heart to Sing HERE!

Watch the promo video HERE!

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Pre-order Makes the Heart to Sing: Jazz Hymns until June 15 (and watch a new video)!

My upcoming album, Makes the Heart to Sing: Jazz Hymns, is a little different than my earlier releases. It’s meant to be both an instrumental jazz trio record as well as a tool for church musicians who want to infuse new life into classic hymn tunes. How is this possible?  Watch the brand new video to find out (it even includes sheet music clips)!

 

Until June 15, you can pre-order Makes the Heart to Sing for the special price of $8, or the recording and corresponding sheet music book for $20 (after June 15, the album will be $10; the album/book combo, $25). Pre-order HERE!

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