Nashville, TN – Integrity Music announces Anchor Hymns, a new project from a multigenerational collective of artists and musicians who create songs from a theological lens. With a desire to write new content for the hymns space as well as take many of Integrity Music’s most iconic songs and reframe them in a modern way, Anchor Hymns drops its debut single today, “Christ Be All Around Me”. The recording features the multicultural trio Village Lights – consisting of Sarah Kroger, Ricky Vazquez and Ike Ndolo – joined by singer and songwriter Jasmine Mullen.
Along with Sarah, Ricky, Ike and Jasmine, other artists and musicians involved in Anchor Hymns are Paul Baloche, Sandra McCracken, Tim Timmons, Andrew Osenga, Dwan Hill, Leslie Jordan, Taylor Leonhardt and Jess Ray (Mission House), Brent Milligan , Garrett Tyler, Brian Eichelberger, Lucy Grimble, Dee Wilson, Antoine Bradford and Chaunda Jefferson.
With their rendition of “Christ Be All Around Me” and with other songs to be released, Anchor Hymns dive deep into the human condition and are unafraid to tackle the sounds of pain and grief, as well as to joy and celebration. As more than just a collection of spiritual hymns, what emerges from Anchor Hymns offers worship musicians the opportunity to enhance their skills or simplify sounds and perform within their skill set. Join their Instagram page here to follow the latest information.
Learn more about Anchor Hymns: Rooted in sacred, reverential and vulnerable honesty, these hymns delve deeply into the human condition. Anchor Hymns is a multi-generational collective of artists creating background songs from a lyrical, theological and musical framework. With roots that span generations past and future, as well as diverse ethnic backgrounds, these songs create a place where honesty can be found in community, while simultaneously looking towards what lies ahead with gratitude. Musically inspired by Neo Soul, Indie Rock and Brooklyn Fusion (blues, jazz, R&B and soul), these songs are unafraid to address the sounds of pain and sorrow, as well as joy and sadness. celebration.
Anchor Hymns creates space in our musical lexicon to find a language for our grief, suffering, anxieties, doubt, disbelief and uncertainty. More than just a serious collection of spiritual chants, these are meant to be played on a continuum of musical sophistication, allowing worship musicians to improve their skills or simplify the sounds and play to their skill. The hope is that these background songs would strengthen the hearts, souls and minds of those who engage (whether playing or listening). These are songs for funerals as well as house churches, in traditional and modern places of worship around the world. It is an open and accessible spiritual and musical edification that gives space to those who find it difficult to engage in typical modern four-chord worship.