When Sovereign Grace produces an album, one of our main goals is to write songs that can be sung by local churches. Songs that are singable, memorable, and theologically informed.
Another one of our goals is to make albums that are musically creative enough to bear repeated listenings without sounding tired. Those two goals can compete with each other, at times making it challenging to take a song on an album to Sunday morning.
One of the ways we’re hoping to address that issue is by producing training videos that present songs as they might be played in a small group. You can find one for Jesus Lives here and one for You Have Been Raised here.
Another way is to offer more resources, including videos and sheet music, that show how we’re doing some of these songs in the church.
This past Easter, while I was over preaching at Grace Church in Bristol, UK, Ken Boer had a choir lead my home church in singing “You Have Been Raised,” from our recent album Risen. This was the result: