City on a Hill: The Gathering

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Of all the City on a Hill releases Songs of Worship & Praise, Sing Alleluia, and It's Christmas Time, The Gathering is certainly the most topical. The theme is Christ's exhortation to love one another, and the ensuing 14 tracks offer the expected artist collaborations FFH & Paul Colman Trio, Sixpence None the Richer, and Bebo Norman, plus some stellar solo performances, all wrapped in the series' signature folk-pop melodies. This organic, mellow musical vibe is one of the series' strengths, and there are some truly excellent performances here, as well: Leigh Nash on "Beautiful Scandalous Night" and Sara Groves on "Come Be Who You Are" are two standouts. What The ...
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Barnes & Noble - Lisa Zhito
Of all the City on a Hill releases Songs of Worship & Praise, Sing Alleluia, and It's Christmas Time, The Gathering is certainly the most topical. The theme is Christ's exhortation to love one another, and the ensuing 14 tracks offer the expected artist collaborations FFH & Paul Colman Trio, Sixpence None the Richer, and Bebo Norman, plus some stellar solo performances, all wrapped in the series' signature folk-pop melodies. This organic, mellow musical vibe is one of the series' strengths, and there are some truly excellent performances here, as well: Leigh Nash on "Beautiful Scandalous Night" and Sara Groves on "Come Be Who You Are" are two standouts. What The Gathering doesn't do nearly as well is address its topic, especially the part Christians so often overlook: Love your neighbor, even when you don't want to, even when it's hard -- when he's on death row, or believes in Allah, or is gay. That's what Jesus taught, after all, and in this day and age the message is more timely than ever. Unfortunately, The Gathering missed a good opportunity.
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The Gathering serves as the third and final album in the City on a Hill series. Released by Essential Records on September 23, 2003, the album remains true to the collection's theme of community. However, it does depart from the series' focus on the church's love for God. Instead, co-producer Steve Hindalong says it communicates that "the way we love each other is the way we show our love for God." True to the musical legacy of City on a Hill: Songs of Worship and Praise and City on a Hill: Sing Alleluia, The Gathering includes a strong collection of artists such as Ginny Owens, Jars of Clay, Sara Groves, Bebo Norman, and Sixpence None the Richer. Musically, it is a combination of pop, folk, and ethereal sounds. Definite highlights are Andrew Peterson's "Holy Is the Lord" and Owens and GlassByrd's "We Will Trust You." Piano-carried, "Holy Is the Lord" is a lyrically moving description of Abraham's obedience to God in offering Isaac as a sacrifice. Songwriters Peterson and Ben Shive paint an intimate picture of Abraham's love and obedience to God at any cost, while tenderly describing Abraham's relationship with Isaac. "We Will Trust You" serves to reinforce the lyrics of "Holy Is the Lord," while offering a beautiful blend of voices in the shared vocals of Owens and GlassByrd. There isn't too much that distinguishes The Gathering from the other two albums in the series. So for listeners who are looking for consistency in sound, The Gathering does not disappoint. ~ Ashleigh Kittle Slater
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2003
  • Label: Essential
  • UPC: 083061070120
  • Catalog Number: 10701

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Shall We Gather at the River (Prelude) - Sara Groves (0:51)
  2. 2 The Gathering - Sara Groves (3:36)
  3. 3 Kyrie Eleison - Leigh Nash (0:59)
  4. 4 Beautiful Scandalous Night (3:47)
  5. 5 Jesus Went to the Garden - Paul Coleman (4:18)
  6. 6 Table of the Lord - Paul Coleman (3:31)
  7. 7 Holy Is the Lord (3:27)
  8. 8 We Will Trust You (4:09)
  9. 9 Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing (2:10)
  10. 10 Come Be Who You Are (4:18)
  11. 11 Instrument of Peace (4:19)
  12. 12 Hallelujah Never Ending (4:33)
  13. 13 Open Our Eyes Dear Savior (2:00)
  14. 14 Marvelous Light - Ginny Owens (2:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Palmer Vocal Ensemble
Phil Madeira Vocal Ensemble
Steve Hindalong Percussion, Chimes, Glockenspiel, Vocal Ensemble
Dennis Holt Drums
Tom Howard Conductor
Jeff Miller Bass Guitar
Rob Mitchell Drums
Chris Donohue Bass Guitar
Laura Donohue Vocal Ensemble
Dan Haseltine Vocals, Vocal Ensemble, Group Member
Elinor Madeira Vocal Ensemble
Paul Colman Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Vocal Ensemble, Group Member
Caedmon's Call Group Member
Charlie Lowell Keyboards, Background Vocals, Vocal Ensemble
Derri Daugherty Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Stephen Mason Background Vocals, Vocal Ensemble
Todd Bragg Drums
Matt Odmark Acoustic Guitar
Matt Slocum Pedal Steel Guitar, Cello, Electric Guitar
Cliff Young Vocals
Nate Sabin Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Synthesizer Bass, Drum Loop
Leigh Nash Vocals, Group Member
Garett Buell Percussion
Danielle Young Vocals, Background Vocals, Vocal Ensemble
Ginny Owens Vocals, Vocal Ensemble
Bebo Norman Vocals, Vocal Ensemble
Kate Miner Vocal Ensemble
Christine Glass Vocals, Vocal Ensemble
Justin Cary Bass Guitar
Jennifer Deibler Background Vocals
Jeromy Deibler Vocals
Andrew Peterson Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Sara Groves Vocals, Vocal Ensemble
Marc Byrd Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Guitar (12 String Acoustic), Vocal Ensemble
Warren Bazemore Background Vocals
Marcus Myers Hammered Dulcimer
Shane Williams Vocals
Ben Shive Piano, Keyboards
Phil Gaudion Drums
Grant Norsworthy Bass Guitar
Diane Stasio Vocal Ensemble
Technical Credits
Phil Madeira Composer, Digital Editing
Jimmy Abegg Composer
Steve Hindalong Arranger, Composer, Producer
Dennis Holt Engineer
Tom Howard Arranger
Ken Love Mastering
David Schober Engineer
Bob Wohler Executive Producer
Robert Lowry Composer
Paul Colman Composer
Matt Bronleewe Composer
Derri Daugherty Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Percussion Programming
Robert Beeson Executive Producer
Robert Robertson Composer
Nate Sabin Producer, Engineer
Jordan Richter Engineer
Fred Paragano Engineer, Digital Editing
Ginny Owens Composer
Kim Thomas Cover Art
Jeromy Deibler Composer
Andrew Peterson Composer
Sara Groves Composer
Marc Byrd Arranger, Composer, Producer
Ben Shive Composer, String Arrangements
Bob Wohier Executive Producer
Aaron Senseman Composer
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