Let all fall more deeply in love with Christ! Through the warm and rich voice of tenor Brian Blum, this contemporary album of praise and prayer features primarily the Spirit-inspired writing of song bard Ed Conlin. The appreciation for Ed's deep texts and stirring music is spreading through worshiping communities around the world. This is the 3rd album by Songs In His Presence including Ed's songs. Conlin's energizing "Rise, O People Called to Worship," "We Enter In" and "Join with Us" beckon us to enter the Father's courts in profound and joyful worship. You will smile at Brian Blum's rendition of "My Portion, My Treasure," a toe-tapping setting of Psalm 16. Ed's "Come, Ye Winds" based on Song of Songs Ch. 4, "Trust Him (Psalm 62)" and his plaintive ballad "According to Your Word" express our emptiness and the costs of discipleship and love. "How Profound is Your Love" is a rich and deeply-textured worship piece adapted from Augustine's Confessions Book 10, Ch. 6. The simply-styled "Song of Peter (Lord, You Know)" conveys that disciple's love for Christ and his grief at his own denial of Jesus. Cover tunes are track #2, "You Are Loved (Don't Give Up)" first recorded by popular artist Josh Groban, track #11, a contemporary "Anima Christi" ("My Lord, My King" by Ann Berger) and the powerful classic #12, 'The Lord's Prayer' by Alfred Malotte. Every song is a new facet of our meeting with Christ, purely conveyed through Brian's astounding but humbly-offered vocal gift. "Trust Him" draws us to love God deeply, and to bear His love for the world. "Spectacular...this recording shines! Brian Blum has a truly beautiful voice; pure and sweet, strong and supple, manly and capable. The songwriting is rock-solid, the production is finished and it's fervency of intent is absolute. . . God, not the singer, is truly the center of each song in this compilation. Beautifully conceived!" Tom Loewe, WDEO, host of "Notes from Above" "These songs came from prayer and lead to prayer. Recommended." Dr. Ralph Martin, President of Renewal Ministries; host of "The Choices We Face" television and radio broadcast. Trust Him Biographical Information ED CONLIN, songwriter Prayer, renewal, community, and ministry to the poor are the graces which fuel Conlin's profound songwriting. Nine of the songs on the album "Trust Him are composed by this song bard whose music is spreading through worshiping communities internationally. Ed is a member of the Servants of the Word international missionary brotherhood. He lives in community in the inner city of Detroit, Michigan, USA, where he serves the poor caught in homelessness and addiction as a licensed substance abuse counselor and chaplain. He has served for over 25 years in youth ministry in Ireland, Europe and the United States. Ed has a deep desire for and appreciation of the Lord's worship as a powerful agent of community and personal transformation. His songs have a depth which reaches beyond 'commercial' praise & worship, springing from his community life, service, and relationship with Jesus Christ. His texts are usually taken from scripture, though some spring from the early church Fathers and classic Christian writers such as Augustine or St. John of the Cross. Ed's deep love, humor, and authentic surrender to Christ inspire all he encounters. The longing he has to see God's kingdom come has grown into song as he works with the 'face of Christ' hidden in those he serves. BRIAN BLUM, vocal soloist Featured vocalist on the album 'Trust Him' by Songs In His Presence, Brian makes his home with his wife Sheila and their three young daughters in southeastern Michigan. A thoughtful, engaging personality with many talents, Brian holds a degree in liberal arts and is a valued representative for a large financial services corporation. In his late teens, Brian not only began developing a passion for classical singing, but also experienced a deep renewal of his Christian faith. The Lord placed influential mentors and teachers in his path. His voice is classified as a heldentenor, a rare type combining capacity, the richness of the baritone voice, and the range of a tenor. Although his voice lends itself well to the operatic and orchestral medium, on the 'Trust Him' project, he interprets the many and varied contemporary song styles (from tender ballads to country-rock) with inspiring clarity and warmth. Brian humbly serves his parish on occasion as cantor and soloist. His astounding gift enlivens the listener to worship the awesome God. ALBUM PRODUCER Producer and publisher Jane Terwilliger of Songs In His Presence says regarding Brian's voice: "It's a beautiful gift and Brian's humility about the whole thing struck me from the day we first met. Hearing his story led me to encourage him and to produce this CD featuring his interpretations of the wonderful music of Ed Conlin. Brian's vocal and Ed's songwriting gifts are awesome; they draw the hearer to worship the Almighty God, consistently. This album is a fantastic collaboration of two truly anointed talents.'