UPDATE: We’ve now reached our goal of 100 requests for a free copy of Alli en la Cruz. Thanks for helping us get the word out to our Spanish brothers and sisters!
I’m excited to announce the newest release from Sovereign Grace Music: Allí en la Cruz. Translated, that means There at the Cross. I’m so excited that I want to give 100 of them away (details below).
In 2002 we produced our first Spanish CD, Sea la Gloria solo a Ti, twelve Sovereign Grace songs translated from the English versions. We were happy we could produce something to serve our Spanish churches, but as you might guess, the songs sounded like what they were – translations. On top of that, we used the original instrumental tracks. Definitely not Hispanic.
In contrast, the 10 songs on Allí en la Cruz were all written in Spanish for Spanish speaking churches. And similar to other Sovereign Grace songs, they’re congregation friendly and focus on the gospel, our need for Christ, God’s character, God’s Word, and our faith-filled response. Titles include Only by Your Grace, How Great is Your Love, Majestic God, and We Are Your Children (Solo por Tu Gracia, Que Grande Es Tu Amor, Dios Majestuoso, y Somos Tus Hijos).
The primary writer and main vocalist is Mauricio Velarde, a young musician who came to Christ a few years ago at my church. When he first came, he was playing in his own band and writing love songs. But as Mauricio attended our Spanish congregation, Iglesia Gracia Soberana De Gaithersburg, he began to catch a vision from his pastor, Joselo Mercado, and Ken Boer, music director at Covenant Life, for writing songs that would serve the church and glorify Jesus.
The album started out as a local church EP. But when I heard the songs, I told Ken that I wanted to take it on as a Sovereign Grace project. With the additions of a few other writers (Jose Torres, Jose Troche, and Miguel Medina) we soon had a full length album.
For the most part we used vocalists and musicians from my church. John Behrens, a gem of an intern, did most of the engineering. Mauricio oversaw the project and made sure different Hispanic styles were authentically represented. He even let me display my massive accordion chops on one song. The album was mixed and mastered in Nashville and I’m really pleased with the final product.
I realize most of you reading this won’t be able to understand the lyrics (although I think you’d dig the music). But maybe you know someone who would not only understand the songs, but actually be able to sing them. If so, I’d like to know who they are.
I have 100 copies of Allí en la Cruz I want to give away to pastors and/or worship leaders of Hispanic congregations (one per church). If you can recommend anyone, just send their name, mailing address, email address, and church name to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or simply use the contact tab above. Oh, and it’s okay if the Spanish pastor or worship leader is you. We’ll send an album to the first 100 requests we receive.
If you just want to purchase the album you can get it for $10 or download it for $7 at the Sovereign Grace online store. Lead sheets and guitar charts are included with the CD.
You can also find out more about the album at the Alli en la Cruz Facebook page or the Sovereign Grace Music website, where we’re giving away the song “Somos Tus Hijos.”
Thanks for helping us spread the word!
What a generous offer! I can’t wait to hear the cd!
I am not a pastor but I do a lot of Spanish ministry and am always looking for good songs in Spanish that will bring the deep truths of God’s Word to His people. I have had a heart for Latin America since my family went to Mexico when I was 14. Since then, I have made about 15 trips to Mexico and Guatemala bringing the love and truth of God to hurting people. Last week I just came back from leading a retreat in Guatemala for about 50 girls/women, trying to give them a vision for who God has called them to be and to not conform to the world. It has been amazing to see God work in the lives of thousands of Hispanics over the years. It’s awesome what happens when the truth of God goes forth!
what about the folks at rancho3m in juarez, mexico? i know the folks who go on mission trips down there are always teaching a worship dance class and would love some new music to work with.
thanks for continuing to use your gift to reach so many.
Ricki, we’ll make sure the folks at Rancho3M get a copy. Thanks for thinking of them!
do you send international? I have been blessed by SGM
Thanks for your encouraging words.
We might offer a digital download for international requests. If you’d like to be considered, make sure you send your request to email@example.com. Thanks!
Can you send one to friends of mine who are raising support to head to the mission field in Monterrey, Mexico? Jarett is not a pastor or worship leader, but he will be teaching at a seminary providing theological education to Mexican pastors, and they and their team are all about Jesus’ cross and the grace and glory of our God. This would be a good way to introduce a large number of pastors in the Monterrey area to these songs. Here’s my friend’s info:
Jarett & Mary Carole Hal
1808 Chamberlain Ave.
Chattanooga, TN 37404
Jason, thanks for asking! Would you mind sending this to my email address, firstname.lastname@example.org? That’s the best way to keep track of when people send their requests in. Thanks!
And thanks for your desire to serve your friends in Monterrey!
I am a worship leader at crosspoint church in ankeny Iowa. There is a man whose wife attended ourchurch who is Hispanic and he would love this gift. Also I have lived in El Salvador for one year where I led worship I love the Hispanic worship music as well.
I would definitely love love love to listen to this CD here in Leon, Spain.
Bendiciones to all !!
send me one – multicultural music is the way of heaven!
Just a reminder that to be considered for a free album, you have to send requests to my email address, or use the contact me tab above. Thanks!
I’d like to get a copy in order to teach Cross Centered latino songs in my church. I’m referred by a member of Gracia Soberana de Gaithersburg.
P.O Box 9736 The Woodlands, Tx 77387
Norman, thanks for asking! You have to send the info to email@example.com. Thanks!
Someone told me long ago:
If you want to sing to life, sing in english
If you want to sing to love, sing in italian
But if you want to sing to God, sing in spanish!!!
How about a copy for Iglesia del Pueblo in West Chicago, IL?
I just received my copy for my church yesterday! I can’t wait to sing the songs as a congregation! Thanks for the generosity, Bob.
Hey Bob, my copy arrived in Paraguay on Tuesday! (Great timing for US-Paraguay mail.) Thanks so much; I look forward to singing the songs with others. (Mad accordion skills, btw).
Hey Bob, just wanted to say a big THANK YOU for sending me a copy of Allí En La Cruz. The CD is great and I loved your work on the accordion! God bless you all!