15 Songs, 1 Hour 5 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Bringing together Celtic and bluegrass elements, Keith and Kristyn Getty find fresh ways to revisit old gospel verities on Hymns for the Christian Life. Now living in Nashville, the Irish married couple benefit from the expansive production of Charlie Peacock and Ed Cash while remaining true to their acoustic roots. Crucial here is the involvement of such luminaries as Ricky Skaggs (who adds his rippling mandolin to the scripture-based “Simple Living”), Alison Krauss (who sings on a remake of the Gettys’ much-loved “In Christ Alone”), and Clannad’s Moya Brennan (lending her vocals to the Celtic lullaby “A Mother’s Prayer”). Beyond these guest stars, the album shines for its sensitive portrayal of the human experience lived by the light of faith. The humble laborer’s prayer “Before You I Kneel,” the worshipful hoedown “Nothing but the Blood," and the socially conscious, reggae-tinged “Kyrie Eleison” are among the highlights on this consistently strong effort. “Wedding Song”—a stunning showcase for Kristyn’s rich vocals—closes Hymns on an exalted note. The Gettys do it all with a blend of the traditional and modern that gives the album a timeless feel.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Bringing together Celtic and bluegrass elements, Keith and Kristyn Getty find fresh ways to revisit old gospel verities on Hymns for the Christian Life. Now living in Nashville, the Irish married couple benefit from the expansive production of Charlie Peacock and Ed Cash while remaining true to their acoustic roots. Crucial here is the involvement of such luminaries as Ricky Skaggs (who adds his rippling mandolin to the scripture-based “Simple Living”), Alison Krauss (who sings on a remake of the Gettys’ much-loved “In Christ Alone”), and Clannad’s Moya Brennan (lending her vocals to the Celtic lullaby “A Mother’s Prayer”). Beyond these guest stars, the album shines for its sensitive portrayal of the human experience lived by the light of faith. The humble laborer’s prayer “Before You I Kneel,” the worshipful hoedown “Nothing but the Blood," and the socially conscious, reggae-tinged “Kyrie Eleison” are among the highlights on this consistently strong effort. “Wedding Song”—a stunning showcase for Kristyn’s rich vocals—closes Hymns on an exalted note. The Gettys do it all with a blend of the traditional and modern that gives the album a timeless feel.

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About Keith & Kristyn Getty

Born and raised in Northern Ireland, Keith & Kristyn Getty have emerged as two of the most prolific and popular writers of 21st century Christian hymns, including the modern classic "In Christ Alone," which has been recorded over 100 times. The award-winning couple, who married in 2004, split their time between Portstewart, Northern Ireland and Nashville, Tennessee with their children. They released their debut album, In Christ Alone, in 2006. It would make its way onto the Billboard Top Christian Albums and Top Heatseekers charts two years later.

They returned to the same charts with 2009's Awaken the Dawn. Hymn Makers: Speak O Lord followed in 2011, the same year their first Christmas album, Joy: An Irish Christmas, would hit the Top Ten of the Billboard Christian and holiday album charts. Released in 2013, Hymns for the Christian Life marked the duo's first appearance on the Billboard 200. Highlights from these earliest works were captured in concert on the couple's 2013 effort, Live at the Gospel Coalition.

They returned in 2014 with The Greengrass Session, described as "six hymns from the old world and the new." It earned them the number two spot on yet another chart, Top Bluegrass Albums. The holiday album Getty Christmas arrived the following year, and 2016 brought Getty Kids Hymnal-In Christ Alone and Facing a Task Unfinished, the latter of which was named after a 1931 hymn that they reworked for the album. High-profile guests on the record included Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Chris Tomlin. ~ James Christopher Monger & Marcy Donelson

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