released December 26, 2013
All songs recorded. produced, and mixed by The Circle of Hope Audio Art team. In Philadelphia Pa,
All songs written By Circle of Hope Audio Art except*
* Ameniona (traditional)
*Hakuna Mungu Kama Wewe (traditional)
* The Whole Earth is Full of the Glory of God (Seth Martin) sethmartinandthemenders.bandcamp.com
Who We Are ?
Circle of Hope Audio Art is a mission team of Circle of Hope (circleofhope.net
) in Philadelphia and the metro. Forming began in early 2012 when Joseph took the reins to record some of our original worship songs for training leaders and sharing more broadly. Last June we released our debut album “Resist & Restore: Spring 2013 digitally and then printed cds in December.
We are developing a missional process of writing, recording, and distributing original and transcultural worship music as a tool for training, edification, and getting Circle of Hope into new places. We are facilitating a process for creating quality audio recordings of songs that our church uses for worship as a resource for our Public Meeting Design Teams as well as other interested people. We want to distribute the recordings in a way that does not succumb to the norms of the music industry–Christian or not–but promotes Kingdom entrepreneurship and good storytelling.
Thanks to Michael Heneghan (michaelpheneghan.com
) for illustrations,
Hans Dekline at Sound Bites Dog (soundbitesdog.com
) for mastering, and Stephen Ardire for Hammond organ on "Show me Your way"
We are grateful for all of Creation and for this unique local expression of the church known as Circle of Hope. Thanks be to God and to the people from all four of our congregations for participating in making this recording - whether it’s playing, singing, praying, encouraging, or constructive criticism.
More Worship Resources
Most of our congregations worship in three languages each week. Much of the music does not have accessible recordings for sharing and teaching. Here are some musicians and ministries that we are connected to, trying to use their music (with permission) in a good way.
We highly recommend you check out these friends of ours.
Broken Walls brokenwalls.com
Led by Jonathan Maracle (Mohawk): many of their songs are based on First Nations’ instruments, melodies, and languages worshiping Jesus.
Led by Chris Hale and Pete Hicks (born, raised, and/or trained in Nepal and India): Jesus-centered, contextually Hindustani music with Western cross-pollination.
Cheryl Bear cherylbear.com
A songwriter, author, and pastor from the Nadleh Whut’en First Nation (Northern British Columbia): songs are in English First People’s languages as well as vocables.
Our worship leaders have found the work of these folks useful, too.
Heart Sounds International heart-sounds.org
A worldwide hub for worship music mean for places where Christ’s followers are restricted.
Taizé Community taize.fr
The monastic chants in multiple languages are really useful.
Kampala Ministry kampalaministry.wordpress.com
The defunct website for a very influential resource from our Central and East African sisters and broth- ers in Uganda. They streamed music and included lyrics and translations for a few dozen songs that we have found transformative.
Soweto Gospel Choir sowetogospelchoir.com
The 30+ member choir brings together elements of their South African gospel with others from the Diaspora.