After 2 years of arranging and recording at Kena Naya Productions in Tomball, Texas, the awesome "God's Amazing Love" CD was produced. The 12 track album has 3 traditional hymns, 4 inspirational classics, 2 spirituals and 3 original songs. All of the songs were meticulously arranged by Betty Howard to create her unique style of gospel music.
When Betty puts her own spin on a song, she always remains true to the basic melody of the song. Occasionally, she uses blue notes (notes from the blues scale) to add flavor and color to the melody.
Examples of this can be found in her arrangement of Edwin Hawkins' "Oh Happy Day," Marijohn Wilkin and Kris Kristofferson's "One Day At A Time" and the spiritual "There Is A Balm In Gilead."
To create variety in her music, Betty uses the violin, flute, saxophone and guitar to play bluesy riffs and to improvise jazzy solos. "Go Down Moses" is a good example of this. The beautiful exotic sounds played on the saxophone took the recording of this song to a higher level of interpretation as the driving bass guitar outlined the walking movements of Moses going to Egypt. In addition, Guy Ben Murphrey, Betty's producer, arranged powerful parts for the brass quartet which created a strong harmony background for "Go Down Moses" and other songs on the album. Doing this also helped the musicians create the Big Band Sound that is heard on some of the other tracks of this album.
To make a long story short, Betty described her music as "Sweet Gospel with a Touch of the Blues." She uses her strong resonant voice to sing songs that convey messages of hope, love and eternal life. It is her desire that listening to the songs on the "God's Amazing Love" CD may encourage people to live a godly life and do everything within their power to get ready for that Great Day.