JGM Pick of the Week: March 6, 2017

“How Deep the Father’s Love for Us”
Out of the Dust
Discovery House Music (release date: March 7, 2017)
www.outofthedustmusic.com

I’m inclined to think that English songwriter Stuart Townend is a nineteenth-century hymnist reincarnated.

His 1995 composition, “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us,” as covered by the husband-and-wife duo Out of the Dust on their self-titled debut album, sounds like it comes straight outta the Southern Harmony, a shaped-note hymnal, or a Shaker hymnbook.

Its beautiful simplicity, honored by Chris and Stephanie Teague’s delicate reading, makes it a keeper, suitable for singing in all types of worship services and liturgical settings. A choir version, sung a cappella, would be splendid. But this recording is drop-dead gorgeous.

About Bob Marovich

Bob Marovich is a gospel music historian, author, and radio host. Founder of Journal of Gospel Music blog (formally The Black Gospel Blog) and producer of the Gospel Memories Radio Show.

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