Sing to the Lord
'SING to the LORD' is the outstanding sixth release from Gretchen Harris, UCMVA's 2006 'Female Vocalist of the Year.' Gretchen is a Catholic Christian singer/songwriter whose music expresses her deep love for God and Church. 'SING to the LORD' is full of beautiful songs sung TO God...gorgeous settings of well-known and deeply loved tunes that touch the soul and lift the heart, including 'Prayer of St. Francis,' 'You Are Near,' 'Shepherd Me, O God,' 'Breathe,' and many more! (See song lyrics below) This album also features three very special duets, with Matt Maher, Robert Kochis, and Carl Herrgesell sharing their exquisite vocal talents with Gretchen. Many superb studio players from Nashville and L.A. provide excellent musicianship as support for this CD honoring Our Lord God! Songs from Gretchen's six CDs can be heard on Catholic and Christian radio stations in the United States and many other countries, in addition to the worldwide radio outreach of EWTN. ====== REVIEW OF 'SING TO THE LORD' CD, BY SUSAN BAILEY, GVONLINE.NET: Gretchen Harris is one of the most well-known and beloved artists in Catholic music. Her music has a universal appeal because of her vocal talent and excellent song choices. Sing to the Lord is her sixth offering and to me it was like sampling fine gourmet food. Many of the songs are classics in Catholic liturgy: "You Are Near," "Prayer of St. Francis," "Breathe" and "Shepherd Me, O God." Normally I am not crazy about the covering of such familiar songs but Harris was successful in creating fresh arrangements. The old adage, "It's all in the details" definitely holds true here. The careful attention to every vocal nuance, every note played creates a beautiful listening experience that nourishes the soul. "Prayer of St. Francis" is one of my favorites. I have a weakness for quality acoustic guitar playing and here it so complements the vocals of Harris and her duet partner, Matt Maher. There are two other duets of note as well: "Every So Gently," a haunting piece with Robert Kochis, and "Friend of God" with Carl Herrgesell. The familiar songs, the careful planning and attention to detail, and the lovely execution . . . just like a fine gourmet meal. Sit down with this one and drink in the blessings like a fine glass of chardonnay. ====== Gretchen's prayer release, THE ROSARY, has all four sets of Mysteries, including the Luminous, on 1 CD. It is led by 4 different priests with beautiful background music. Each complete rosary is 18 minutes of meditational prayer. CHRISTMAS JOY, combines traditional favorites with new songs of the holidays. This is a delightful journey for the soul as we travel through the Christmas season with the joy that it holds for our hearts. HOPE FOR TOMORROW was the 'Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year' winner! This is a soothing collection of contemporary music, with comforting lyrics to help people cope under extremely trying circumstances. It has a message of hope in God's presence, even in the darkest times. SIGN OF LOVE contains many original songs, with Gretchen's lyrics expressing her simple and honest love of the Lord. This contemporary album has the talents of many top musicians in Los Angeles. The music has been moving and inspiring lives with it's full pop sound as well as the tender, beautiful ballads that facilitate prayer and touch the heart. SING OF MARY, nominated for 'Praise and Worship Album of the Year,' is a beautiful collection of Marian favorites. This album includes songs from ages ago to new contemporary favorites. Gretchen has a special devotion to the Blessed Mother, and on a pilgrimage was blessed to receive a special sign to sing to Mary. She recorded this album in gratitude and love for her. Recent television appearances have been in Boston, San Antonio, Ohio, and includes a half hour concert showcase on EWTN's BACKSTAGE and performances on Dana's series WE ARE ONE BODY. Dana selected Gretchen to sing with her and Mark Girardin on the recording and the video of the powerful pro-life song 'THIS IS MY BODY.' This recording was honored with Unity Awards for 'Contemporary Song of the Year' and 'Music Video of the Year.' It's one of Gretchen's deepest honors to take part in that song in respect for Life. Gretchen ministers through concerts, speaking engagements, and radio programs, performing most recently in Italy, Germany, Canada, Brazil, all over the USA, and in her hometown of Los Angeles, California. In addition to her vocation as wife and mother of three children, Gretchen enjoys reaching out to others through her music ministry. She is busy ministering with her music, and she would love to come sing at your church! ====== Lyrics on 'SING TO THE LORD' CD: YOU ARE NEAR (Dan Schutte) Yahweh, I know You are near Standing always at my side You guard me from the foe And You lead me in ways everlasting Lord, You have searched my heart And You know when I sit and when I stand Your hand is upon me Protecting me from death Keeping me from harm You know my heart and it's ways You who formed me before I was born In the secret of darkness Before I saw the sun In my mother's womb PRAYER OF ST. FRANCIS Duet with Matt Maher (Sebastian Temple) Make me a channel of Your peace Where there is hatred, let me bring Your love Where there is injury, Your pardon, Lord And where there's doubt, true faith in You Make me a channel of Your peace Where there's despair in life, let me bring hope Where there is darkness, only light And where there's sadness, ever joy O Master, grant that I may never seek So much to be consoled as to console To be understood as to understand To be loved as to love with all my soul Make me a channel of Your peace It is in pardoning that we are pardoned In giving of ourselves that we receive And in dying that we're born to eternal life BREATHE (Marie Barnett) This is the air I breathe This is the air I breathe Your holy presence living in me This is my daily bread This is my daily bread Your very word spoken to me And I, I'm desperate for You And I, I'm lost without You FRAGRANCE PRAYER (Tom Booth) (Text: Cardinal Newman, Adapted by Mother Teresa of Calcutta) Dear Jesus, help me to spread your fragrance ev'rywhere that I go Dear Jesus, flood my soul with Your Spirit and Your love Penetrate and possess my being so utterly that all my life may only be a radiance of You Shine through me and be so in me that ev'ry soul I come in contact with may feel Your presence in my soul. Let them look up and see no longer me but only You, my Jesus Stay with me and then I shall begin to shine as You shine so to shine as a light to all EVER SO GENTLY Duet with Robert Kochis (Brian Doerksen, Cindy Rethmeier) Ever so gently, Your Spirit calls to all who hear Ever so gently, the sound of Your voice quiet yet clear Day and night, to the ends of the earth The skies pour forth speech There's no place Your voice isn't heard Your patience astounds me Your voice is the sweetest of sounds It's the purest of life-giving rain Your voice is the calm in the storm It's the whisper of love that remains Ever so gently, I hear Your voice pulling me near Ever so gently, Your word of life stronger than fear If I turn away from Your heart Try to hide in my shame You speak truth in love's patient way Your gentleness breaks me SHEPHERD ME, O GOD (Marty Haugen) Shepherd me, O God, beyond my wants Beyond my fears, from death into life God is my shepherd, so nothing shall I want I rest in the meadows of faithfulness and love I walk by the quiet waters of peace Though I should wander the valley of death I fear no evil for You are at my side Your rod and Your staff, my comfort and my hope You have set me a banquet of love In the face of hatred Crowning me with love beyond my power to hold Surely your kindness and mercy follow me All the days of my life I will dwell in the house of my God forevermore HOLY, HOLY (Mary MacLean) Holy, holy Lord God almighty Who was and is and is to come Lord most holy Worthy of glory Power and majesty are Yours Blessing and honor To You forever Unto the Lamb upon the throne Strength and salvation Belong to the Savior Holy, holy is the Lord FRIEND OF GOD Duet with Carl Herrgesell (Michael Gungor, Israel Houghton) Who am I that You are mindful of me That You hear me when I call Is it true that You are thinking of me How You love me it's amazing I am a friend of God I am a friend of God I am a friend of God He calls me friend God Almighty, Lord of Glory You have called me friend BREATHE ON ME (Matt Huesmann, Grant Cunningham) Breathe on me, Breath of God Bring my life close to Your Spirit Beat in me, Heart of God My soul's in prayer to be near It Focus my eyes to only see what's You And breathe on me Breathe on me, Breath of God Breathe on me, Breath of God I am a vessel to be filled Comfort me, Peace of God Lord, I am restless for Your Will Silence my fears So that I may hear from you And breathe on me Breathe on me, Breath of God Surround me in Your Glory Make Your Presence known Set the path of grace before me Let Your Breath become my own Breathe on me, Breath of God Cover my sin with Your Mercy Speak to me, Word of God Give me a light for my journey Show me Your Way And draw me close to You And breathe on me Breathe on me Breathe on me, Breath of God AS THE DEER LONGS (Bob Hurd) As the deer longs for running streams So I long, so I long, so I long for You Athirst my soul, for You, the God who is my life When shall I see, when shall I see See the face of God Echoes meet as deep is calling unto deep Over my head, all your mighty waters Sweeping over me Defend me, God Send forth Your light and Your truth They will lead me to Your holy mountain To Your dwelling place.