Joy--Songs from Song of Joy Project
Ten years in the making, Joy, features songs from the musical pageant, Song of Joy Project, which tells the story of the life and times of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, as seen through the eyes of two teens--a brother and a sister--who become devout followers of Jesus. They witness his miracles, death upon the cross, resurrection and glorious ascension and become part of the first wave of Christians who take their story to the far ends of the earth. Three of the songs, Gospel Lord\'s Prayer, Gospel Holy Holy Holy, and Praise feature the spirited ensemble work of the Calvin Walker Gospel Choir, assembled for this recording. Praise features the music of Herbie Hancock from his classic Watermelon Man and original lyrics by Bill Deiz. The CD also features two modern Christmas Carols, destined to become classics, Jesus Christ is Lord, and The Shepherd Boy. The songs Keep the Faith and In the Beginning have been well received at Portland-area church services. Continuing the musical spirit of Jesus Christ Super Star, The Song of Joy Project also is firmly rooted in the gospels, and would make a wonderful pageant for church or school productions. The music is compelling. The story, unforgettable. By the time the choir is singing Holy Holy Holy at production\'s end, the crowd is on it's feet and clapping and singing along with the music, in triumph!