Stand by Me
A Celebration of African-American Song
Inspire worship with songs that explore the history of African-American spirituals
"Then you will recite to one another psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs; you will sing and make music to the Lord with your hearts..." (Ephesians 5:19)
Inspire prayer and healing
Days before Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, Stephen Lee and his family were forced to evacuate their home. When approached by the American Music Therapy Association to provide a musical response to the devastation, he jumped at the opportunity. That song—which would later become the title track of this collection—served as an inspiring call to prayer and healing.
Explore the history of African-American song
Stand by Me explores the development and history of African-American spirituals, combining a diverse range of musical styles and influences. Powerful when performed as a complete work, these songs are equally beautiful when shared individually within the context of worship. From chant and soulful blues to the rhythms and harmonies of gospel and jazz, soloists and choir converge as catalysts for celebrations overflowing with an irresistible joy.
Enjoy a range of musical and emotional contrasts
The collection's title track, "Stand by Me" is a reflective, Taiz-like mantra intended for assembly and choir. "Standin' in the Need of Prayer" offers a booming synthesis of 20th century blues and gospel traditions. The somber "Walk with Me" and energetic "When the Storms of Life are Ragin'" epitomize the musical and emotional contrasts found in this powerful collection.
Worship with heart and voice
Narrated by Father Edward Branch, Stand by Me features performances by renowned vocal groupsùThe Clark Atlanta University Philharmonic Society and the Spelman College and Morehouse College Glee Clubsùplus revered musicians E. Dwight Franklin and Reverend Adrian Ford on piano, and Uchenna Echeazu on drums. Whether you lead a choir or simply love African-American spirituals, treat your senses to songs that call for worship with heart and voice.
Tracks: Over My Head | Come by Here | Jesus in the Morning | Sweet Jesus | Oh, Freedom | Hush | Stand by Me | When the Storms of Life are Ragin' | Walk with Me | Standin' in the Need of Prayer
Also available as an MP3 playlist.