My God Is a Rock: Hymns and Spirituals [CD] - BYU Women's Chorus

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This new album navigates the longings of the spirit and emanates from the singers’ souls. From poignant a cappella hymn arrangements to full-throttle spirituals, this CD has a song to fit nearly every spiritual mood. Let these women open your heart to feel joy, sorrow, peace, and hope.

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1. My Shepherd Will Supply My Need
Psalm 23, paraphrase by Isaac Watts; American folk hymn, melody from Southern Harmony, 1835; arr. Mack Wilberg
Maria Dickson, piano; Megan Baer, oboe; Shadow Sherwood, flute

2. Eatnemen Vuelie (Fairest Lord Jesus)
Frode Fjellheim and Joseph August Seiss; Frode Fjellheim and Silesian folk melody
Beth Sawyer, timpani; Telish Pantelakis, bodhrán

3. Jesus, Once of Humble Birth
Parley P. Pratt; Giacomo Meyerbeer, adapted; arr. Christopher Downard

4. Behold the Wounds in Jesus’ Hands
John V. Pearson; David R. Naylor
Jessica Weiss, piano

5. Reflections from Yad Vashem
Daniel J. Hall (selected names from Yad Vashem, Jerusalem)
Halie Augustus, piano; Kristina Willey, viola; Mariah Wilson, harp; Beth Sawyer, crotales; Telisha Pantelakis, chimes

6. I Want Jesus to Walk with Me
Traditional spiritual; arr. Richard Nance
Halie Augustus, piano

7. Amazing Grace
John Newton; traditional tune “New Britain”; arr. Michael Hanawalt

8. My God Is a Rock (in a Weary Land)
Traditional African-American spiritual; arr. by Daniel Kallman
Aurelia Andrews, piano; Matt Green, double bass

9. Jesus, Lover of My Soul
Charles Wesley; Joseph P. Holbrook; arr. Jean Applonie

10. Poor Wayfaring Stranger
Traditional American folk hymn; arr. Jonathan Rodgers
Halie August, piano

11. Elijah Rock
Traditional African-American spiritual; arr. Clifton J. Noble Jr.
Aurelia Andrews, piano

12. Merrick
John Newton; arr. Marsha Genensky and Susan Hellauer
Deborah Bailey, violin; Michael Hinkley, guitar

13. Ain’t No Grave Can Hold My Body Down
Traditional spiritual; arr. Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory
Halie August, piano


Produced by Jean Applonie

Executive producer: Ben Fales

Recording: Jon Holloman in the de Jong Concert Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center, Brigham Young University, 2007–12

Editing and mastering: Troy Sales

Recording Dates (Semesters):
Fall 2007, track 1
Winter 2008, track 4
Winter 2009, track 12
Winter 2010, tracks 8, 9, and 11
Fall 2011, tracks 3 and 6
Winter 2011, track 13
Winter 2012, tracks 2, 5, and 7
Winter 2013, track 10

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