“Keith & Kristyn Getty Irish singer/songwriters and recording artists Keith & Kristyn Getty are among the preeminent modern hymn composers of this generation. Best known for “In Christ Alone” (penned by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend), the world-renowned hymn has been recorded by numerous artists over the past decade—including Owl City, Natalie Grant and Newsboys—and is a classic sung in churches around the globe.
Writers of an acclaimed repertoire of 21st century hymns revered both for their theologically astute lyrics and universally beloved melodies, the couple’s popular U.S. recordings include In Christ Alone, Awaken The Dawn and Joy – An Irish Christmas. Keith & Kristyn have shared their music at Franklin Graham crusades, the GMA Dove Awards, The Third Lausanne Conference on World Evangelization, as well as feature performances at London’s Royal Albert Hall and the legendary Grand Ole Opry, among many other noted platforms.
Along with their band—an ensemble of some of the top names in Irish and American folk music—Keith & Kristyn have toured extensively in both America and the Celtic Islands this year. Additionally, their annual Joy – An Irish Christmas Tour, which included a sellout performance at Nashville’s prestigious Schermerhorn Symphony Center in 2011, has become a highlight of the holiday season for audiences around the country and is slated to stop in 20 stateside cities later this year.
Hailing from Northern Ireland and now residing in Nashville, the couple welcomed their first child, Eliza Joy, last year.
Hymns for the Christian Life Keith & Kristyn’s highly-anticipated Hymns for the Christian Life is a thematically-focused original collection showcasing Irish melodies as well as American bluegrass and country music influences. Inspired by both the spiritual and musical community in which the couple has been immersed since relocating to Nashville two years ago, Keith & Kristyn’s most personal album to date explores such themes as work, family, money and social action.
Produced by Charlie Peacock (The Civil Wars, Switchfoot) and Ed Cash (Chris Tomlin, Kari Jobe), Hymns for the Christian Life exemplifies the “greengrass” sound—a unique marriage of American bluegrass and Irish folk music styles—and features multiple noteworthy collaborations. The legendary Alison Krauss, a 27-time GRAMMY® Award-winner, lends her voice to an all-new 10th anniversary special recording of “In Christ Alone,” while the couple’s friend and bluegrass icon Ricky Skaggs joins Kristyn for a standout duet on the rousing “Simple Living (A Rich Young Man).” Additionally, Clannad’s Moya Brennan, one of Ireland’s most renowned artists, and fiddle virtuoso Ross Holmes, who is regularly featured with multi-platinum British folk/rockers Mumford & Sons, offer vocal and musical contributions, respectively, to the project.
Keith & Kristyn on Hymns and Collaborations
“The concept for these songs began two years ago when we took a break from touring and settled in Nashville. We began to connect with a new church family, members of our band, new neighbors and local musicians. Amid conversations with friends and coworkers around our dinner table and on our porch, we found ourselves discussing the challenges of the Christian life. We pondered ideas such as, ‘What does it mean to succeed in your job but not make it your god? How do I handle doubt? In what way should I pray for my children? What is our responsibility for the care of others inside and outside our community?’ We believe the Gospel story touches every part of life, so these new songs are a reflection of those conversations and us turning to the Gospel for guidance.” —Keith
“We hope Hymns for the Christian Life reflects our continuing goal to write modern hymns for the Church. Irrespective of new musical styles and influences, we hope these songs can be lifted out and find a home in churches, both here and around the world. What excites us most about the work we do is seeing a song used by a congregation and hoping it becomes part of the soundtrack that follows a believer through life. As we write, it’s also exciting to think about people who come to church who don’t yet know the Lord and know what our faith is all about. It’s an unbelievable apologetic to not only see Christians singing together, but listening to what they are singing about, in terms of better understanding our faith.” —Kristyn
“At its heart, Hymns for the Christian Life is meant to join worship with daily life. For example, ‘Before You I Kneel (A Worker’s Prayer)’ should be hard to sing if we’re not seeking to honor the Lord in our working day. We don’t work for self-actualization or to find ourselves, we work to honor Christ, and through that we find ourselves in Christ. It should also be a hard album to sing if you’re out of fellowship with someone. Community and forgiveness have been enormously hard subjects we’ve had to work through over the years in our own lives, but it has also brought us enormous freedom.” —Keith
Working with Alison Krauss…
“We were obviously incredibly privileged to have Alison sing with us on this project. She first heard ‘In Christ Alone’ when she was asked to sing it at a friend’s funeral several years ago, and this year we were introduced when our paths crossed through mutual friends. The 10th anniversary arrangement of ‘In Christ Alone’ is a very different type of recording than we’ve done before. Usually the song is presented big and grand, with a huge build and a key change, but this is done in a much more folky, bluegrass way—a way that uniquely suits her voice on the song.” —Kristyn
Working with Ricky Skaggs…
“We first met Ricky when he came to our Nashville Christmas concert last year. In commemoration of his 30th anniversary at the Grand Ole Opry this spring, he asked Kristyn and Alison Krauss to sing ‘In Christ Alone’ with him as a finale that night. Being able to share the stage with him for such an occasion was an incredible experience.
When we came to make the album, I wondered if Ricky might be willing to be involved. ‘Simple Living’ was a song Kristyn and I wrote with Stuart Townend last year on the subject of money. We did it in the style of an old-fashioned Irish story song, and it turned out to be a fun piece that tells the Bible story of the rich young man. Ricky has been famous twice in his career for songs with ‘Simple’ in the title, so that was a nice connection and he agreed to do it with us. It was a wonderful gift.” —Keith
“With each new album there is fresh opportunity to write a solo piece inspired by some of the experiences and challenges we are facing at the time. ‘A Mother’s Prayer’ was a response to the ponderings and the new fears I began to wrestle with when our daughter, Eliza, was born. Knowing the life-changing gift my mum’s prayers were (and still are) to me, I have wanted to learn how to do that for my daughter—to pray through the fears; pray through the joys; pray through the seasons of life; pray out loud the priorities we have when we long to impart to our children the greatest treasure in life: to know and love Christ. Moya Brennan, whom I have known for years and who recorded my first song more than a decade ago, so kindly agreed to sing on this track, the first song we have specifically written for Eliza. —Kristyn”
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