Rock of Ages...Hymns & Faith

Rock of Ages...Hymns & Faith

by Amy Grant



Rock of Ages...Hymns & Faith is the rare sequel that rivals the original. 2002's Legacy, Amy Grant's first collection of old-time hymns and religious material, both familiar and obscure, was a full-fledged return to inspirational material after many years of secular material, and it was an understated delight, thanks to the smart song selection and classy, subtly shaded production from her husband Vince Gill and Brown Bannister. Rock of Ages doesn't change their approach at all, primarily because if it worked so well the first time, why change? Some of the songs here aren't as well-known as the tunes on the first record, but when Grant sings a song that is universally known, such as the title track or "Jesus Loves Me," it becomes easier to appreciate what she, Gill, and Bannister have achieved here. They have updated these old hymns -- most are from the 1800s, some date to the 1600s and 1700s -- so thoroughly that when they slip in a couple of new songs in among them, the fit is comfortable, not awkward. It works because the music is never flashy; it is relaxed and assured, giving Grant plenty of breathing room and giving Gill plenty of place to play some wonderful guitar. It's the rare contemporary Christian album that functions as terrific religious material and transcends its genre based on the richness of its music. It's truly a quiet, modest little gem.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/03/2005
Label: Word Entertainment
UPC: 0080688639129
catalogNumber: 886391

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Amy Grant   Primary Artist
Fairfield Four   Vocals
Michael McDonald   Vocals
Eric Darken   Percussion,Conga,Tambourine
Bekka Bramlett   Vocals
John Catchings   Cello
Chad Cromwell   Drums
Stuart Duncan   Banjo,Fiddle
Isaac Freeman   Vocals
Vince Gill   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Archguitar
John Hobbs   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Electric Piano,fender rhodes
Jim Horn   Horn,Tenor Saxophone
John Jarvis   Piano,Keyboards,Wurlitzer
Sam Levine   Penny Whistle
William Owsley   Electric Guitar
Dean Parks   Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Charles Rose   Horn
Harvey Thompson   Horn
Wilson Waters   Vocals
Willie Weeks   Bass,Upright Bass
Andrea Zonn   Violin,Viola,Vocals
Kim Keyes   Vocals
Billy Thomas   Vocals
Quintin Ware   Horn
Robert Hamlett   Vocals
Jenny Gill   Vocals
Burton Grant   Vocals,Recitation

Technical Credits

Ludwig van Beethoven   Composer
Brown Bannister   Arranger,Producer
Michael Card   Composer
Amy Grant   Composer
Beverly Darnall   Composer
Thomas Hastings   Composer
Steve Bishir   Engineer
Vince Gill   Arranger,Producer
John Hobbs   Arranger
Jim Horn   Horn Arrangements
Mark Prentice   Director
Tommy Sims   Composer
Helen H. Lemmel   Composer
Henry Francis Lyte   Composer
George Matheson   Composer
Augustus Toplady   Composer
William B. Bradbury   Composer
Judson Van De Venter   Composer
Henry VanDyke   Composer
Winfield Weeden   Composer
John Thompson   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Katherine Petillo   Art Direction

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Rock of Ages...Hymns & Faith 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another fantastic album by Amy Grant! "Rock of Ages" is a beautiful album with a collection of songs that keeps you singing along. In the liner notes, Amy says this collection is comprised of the memories of times spent singing these songs with family and friends. She's made each song her own and the fresh beat makes will have you playing it over and over again. Keep them coming, Amy! :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This particular CD is my favorite. Amy has "updated" the tempo of some old time Gospel favorites. The selections are presented with a reverence and humility that calms and soothes the listener, providing a peaceful backdrop for prayer and Scripture meditation. If you are a born again Believer, you will love this inspiring CD!