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All Sons & Daughters, Blind Boys Of Alabama, Darlene Zschech on Fanny Crosby album
A BEVY of well-known worship leaders have recorded unfinished and never-before-published hymns from the pen of renowned hymnwriter Fanny Crosby (1820-1915). The album 'Blessed Assurance: The New Hymns Of Fanny Crosby' will be released globally through Integrity Music on 9th October. The project features music written by Paul Baloche, Michael Farren, All Sons & Daughters, Jon Egan (New Life, Desperation Band), Bart Millard (MercyMe), Stu G (Delirious?, One Sonic Society), Michael W Smith, Matt Redman, Krissy Nordhoff ("Your Great Name"), Greg Sykes, Dustin Smith and others. Vocal performances are from Baloche, Egan, All Sons & Daughters, Blind Boys of Alabama, Elias Dummer (The City Harmonic), Ricky Skaggs & The Whites, Darlene Zschech, Israel Houghton with Seth & Nirva, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound and Meredith Andrews, among others.
In celebration of the remarkable legacy of Fanny J Crosby 100 years after her death, Integrity Music offered the select gathering of worship leaders and songwriters above access to an astounding 2,700 unpublished and unfinished compositions by Crosby. This forgotten musical treasure which had lain hidden for years was passed from Crosby's publisher to the historic Wheaton College, Chicago. Stephen Kelley, an artist, writer and entrepreneur who collects antique hymnals, learned of the forgotten cache and tracked them down to Wheaton. He said, "They wheeled out 20 library carts containing the manuscripts. Some lyrics were on scraps of paper and the backs of envelopes, letterhead, legal paper, all with Fanny's initials. I couldn't believe it when I saw them."The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those held by Cross Rhythms. Any expressed views were accurate at the time of publishing but may or may not reflect the views of the individuals concerned at a later date.