Rising Sun was written and recorded on the Hopi Indian Reservation in Northern Arizona. It was released in 2003 by Terry and Darlene Wildman. Sound of America Records also released this CD as "Rising Son" on their Red Sea Label in 2004. Rising Son was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2004, the first Native American style music nominated in the Pop/Contemporary Christian Music category.
About the Cover
Since ancient times the Native People of North America have been welcoming the sunrise. We believe this practice was inspired by the Creator and was to prepare us to hear the message of God’s love through Jesus Christ. Jesus is called the “sunrise” in Luke 1:78 and in Malachi 4:2 he is prophesied as the “sun of righteousness with healing in his wings”. Jesus’ face shines like the sun at his transfiguration (Matt 17:2) and in the book of Revelation when he appears to the Apostle John (Rev 1:16). In Ezekiel 43:2-4 the glory of the LORD (Yahweh) comes to the temple as the sunrise in the east, and the earth shines with his glory. The scriptures are full of many other references to the sunrise and the coming of the Lord. The Hopi Indians draw the sun with feathers as the rays, the “wings of the sun”. May the Creator shine his face upon you! Psalm 67:1
About the Cover Artist
Myron Beeson is Navajo/Hopi from Second Mesa on the Hopi Indian Reservation in Arizona. Myron makes his living as a painter and carver. He is a believer in Jesus and lives with his wife Bonnie in Oklahoma. You can contact Myron by email - firstname.lastname@example.org.
About “Indian Singing”
Every culture has a special way of singing and making music. The Native’s of North America are known for a unique vocal form that is used in ceremonies, powwows and other social gatherings. The technical term is “vocables”. They are, according to the Hopis, “ancient words of thanksgiving”. When Native People sing it is common to hear in the “vocables” variations of the Hebrew name for God, “Yah” or “Yahweh” that is used throughout the Old Testament in the form of “LORD” in the English bibles.
Terry Wildman: Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Drums, Bass Guitar, and Keyboard.
Darlene Wildman: Harmony Vocals, Flutes, Bass, Rattles and Bells.
John Ausmus: Harmonica on “Don’t Let the Fire Die”.
Jeff Maiden: Electric Guitar on “Love Without End”.
Myron Beeson: Cover Artist
All honor and thanks first to the Father/Creator and to Jesus Christ, his Sunrise, whose rays have risen in our hearts and inspired these songs; and to all of our family, friends and supporters who pray for us with words, songs and dances.
Recorded and mixed in the “RainSound” Studio on the Hopi Indian Reservation.
Mastered at Sweetwater Studio, Ft. Wayne, Indiana.
All songs written by Terry Wildman and/or Darlene Wildman.
© 2003 Firedrum Music