Stand By Me

Inspire worship with songs that explore the history of African-American spirituals.
Stand by Me [CD]
A Celebration of African American Song

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Stand By Me [MP3 Album]
A Celebration of African American Song

$12.99

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Stand by Me [Octavo Packet]
A Celebration of African American Song

$20.00

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Stand by Me [Octavo Packet]
A Celebration of African American Song

$20.00

30113342

SHIP
Stand by Me [CD]
A Celebration of African American Song

$17.00

30113343

SHIP
Stand By Me [MP3 Album]
A Celebration of African American Song

$12.99

30113364

DIGITAL
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“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

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.

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.

The collection's title track, "Stand by Me" is a reflective, Taizé-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.

Whether you lead a choir or simply love African-American spirituals, treat your senses to the songs in Stand By Me as they call for worship with heart and voice.