All posts tagged: devotional music

An Interview with Audrey Assad

Soon after the release of her latest album Inheritance, Catholic singer-songwriter Audrey Assad graciously provided the following interview describing her inspirations and her aspirations for this project and for her music in general. We are grateful to Audrey for sharing her thoughts with us as a complement to the review of her album featured here at Church Life. CP: You’ve demonstrated an incredible depth and facility as a songwriter on your previous albums Death, Be Not Proud, O Happy Fault, Fortunate Fall, Heart, and The House You’re Building. Yet, with this latest album, your own songwriting takes a backseat, and you’ve offered listeners instead a collection consisting mostly of familiar hymns in original arrangements. What is it about hymns in general and these hymns in particular that has not only drawn you to them but has also made you want to share them with your listeners? AA: First of all, thank you so much for the kind words on my songwriting. I knew I was indeed shifting my focus a bit in doing a hymns project—I did …

Review: “Inheritance” by Audrey Assad

In a response to U2 frontman Bono’s criticism that Christian music lacks honesty, a recent piece at Aleteia named Catholic singer-songwriter Audrey Assad as one of five “real” Christian singer-songwriters, citing her latest latest album Inheritance as the reason behind their choice. What sets Assad apart from the other four artists named in the article provides the focus for this review of her aptly-named album: nearly every track is an arrangement of a hymn or text that has been part of the musical tradition of the Church for decades, or, in some cases, centuries. Assad has recorded an array of repertoire that played a significant role in her own spiritual life and development—from the time when she sang hymns with the Plymouth Brethren community in which she was raised, to her faith life now as a convert to Roman Catholicism. While there are perennially familiar and beloved hymns like Holy, Holy, Holy and Be Thou My Vision and How Can I Keep from Singing, there are some surprises too. Assad’s inclusion of I Wonder as …