Nan Childress Orchard | Songs for My Father

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Songs for My Father

by Nan Childress Orchard

Gospel songs artfully and richly arranged by keyboard artist and composer Harold DeCou for solo piano. Pianist Nan Childress Orchard presents this inspiring repertoire as a personal witness to her faith and to the musical treasures in these sacred songs.
Genre: Spiritual: Instrumental Gospel
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1. Beaneath the Cross of Jesus
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2. Heaven Came Down and Glory Filled My Soul
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3. Face to Face
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4. Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us
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5. No, Not One
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6. Shepherd of Love
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7. What a Friend We Have in Jesus
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8. My Jesus, I Love Thee
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9. Wonderful, Marvelous, Yet True!
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10. O Say, But I'm Glad
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11. Redeemed
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12. We're Marching to Zion
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13. When We All Get to Heaven
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14. No Tears Tomorrow
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15. O Mighty God, When I Behold the Wonder
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Songs for my Father is a love offering to God, my heavenly Father, and a gift of love to my earthly father. As a young child my parent’s devotion to their faith in Christ encouraged my own step of faith at the age of six. Our home was often filled with the singing of hymns and gospel songs. I find great consolation and encouragement in singing of the promises of God, and whether in joy or in sorrow the words and melodies of hymns are often on my mind and in my heart.

The music on this recording features the arrangements of Harold DeCou. I was introduced to many of these pieces as a teenager and they were important to my technical and artistic development. The lush textures and harmonies reflect the pianism of the late 19th and early 20th centuries providing a rich palette of colors for the listener to experience.

God glorified through Christ sacrificed compels the believer to give voice to poets’ words in songs of faith. “What a friend we have in Jesus, all my sins and griefs to bear,” wrote Joseph Scriven. “What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer.” May these sacred songs lift your spirit, lighten your load, strengthen your faith and draw you closer to God.


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Listener remarks:
Her mastery of the keyboard is only surpassed by the passion and heart she displays for her Savior through interpretation of these classic hymns. The audience was clearly touched by the Spirit of God through her performance.

As I sat and listened, I was reminded how powerful these songs are in my life – how each holds so many layers of memory and story and faithfulness.

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Nan Childress Orchard has performed nationally. She is an active chamber musician performing regularly with her trio, Terzetta. She has performed with orchestras in Oregon and New Jersey, and has performed for, and with, international artists including Jean Pierre Rampal and Lukas Foss.

She received a D.M.A. in Piano from Rutgers University, an M.M. in Vocal Accompanying and Chamber Music from the University of Cincinnati, and a B.A. from Portland State University. During her graduate work at the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Childress was introduced to the field of scholarship in the history of women composers. Since that time she has performed many works by women on the harpsichord, fortepiano and modern piano, including a performance of the Keyboard Concerto in E-flat Major, by Maria Hester Park on a replica of an 18th-century piano. She has commissioned and performed works by New Jersey women composers and one of the pieces is featured on the Beauport Classics CD In Concert: Composers in Collaboration.


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