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John Hagee - A Lifetime Of Music, Set To Release April 12, 2011
Drawing from the music of the American people—all the way from the Mississippi Delta to the sounds of Western Swing—John Hagee presents his most personal musical offering to date, A Lifetime of Music.
By: Aaron Crisler
“These are classic songs of the church with a beautiful message that never grows old. They just get better with the passing of time,” says Hagee. Produced by award winning producers, Michael Sykes and David Huntsinger (who have worked with such notables as The Gaither Vocal Band, The Oak Ridge Boys and Andy Griffith), this album lovingly wraps those songs in the colorful and diverse sounds of Americana music.
John Hagee was born in Goose Creek, Texas where his father pastored a church just down the road in Channel View. Evening would find the Hagee family playing and singing on the front porch while neighbors gathered round to enjoy the sounds. He reminisces, “Music was a large part of our life, the thing we did together the most. I listened to the radio and there were two shows I listened to, Guy Lombardo, and the Jazz orchestra out of Preservation Hall in New Orleans, and I drifted toward the New Orleans side. I’d listen to the licks they did and get my saxophone out and replicate them. When I’d go to church I’d put all those licks in our church songs; mother didn’t mind as long as you stayed in tune and on beat.” Those influences are evident his soulful delivery of, “Just a Closer Walk with Thee,” which features guest vocals by The Oak Ridge Boys and, “When the Saints go Marching In.” Also featured is a stirring rendition of the gospel standard, “Victory in Jesus,” where Hagee is joined by Southern Gospel Patriarch, Bill Gaither.
It’s obvious when listening to this collection that John Hagee is enjoying himself as he expresses his deepest sentiments and profoundly held beliefs. He shares his abiding love for his country and what it means to be a patriot on the rousing single, “Cry from Valley Forge.” The project is rounded out by several other gospel favorites such as, “No One Ever Cared for Me like Jesus,” “When they Ring the Golden Bells,” and “The Meeting in the Air.”
Pastor Hagee has received Honorary Doctorates from Oral Roberts University, Canada Christian College, and Netanya Academic College in Israel. He is the author of 32 major books including four on the New York Times Best Seller’s List. His most current book entitled “Can America Survive” is published by Howard Books, a division of Simon and Schuster. After 52 years of ministry, He still continues the Hagee family musical tradition by singing with his children Matthew, Christina and Sandy.
A Lifetime of Music. is available from John Hagee ministries at www.jhm.org or 1-800-854-9899 and on iTunes.
Full Track Listing: John Hagee - A Lifetime of Music.
1. The Meeting In The Air / Heaven's Jubilee
2. Just A Closer Walk With Thee with guest vocalists The Hagees and Oak Ridge Boys
3. I'd Rather Have Jesus
4. Highway to Heaven
5. Cry From Valley Forge / It Is The Soldier
6. Near The Cross
7. When The Saints Go Marching In / Just A Little While
8. No One Ever Cared For Me Like Jesus
9. Victory In Jesus with guest vocalists Bill Gaither and Matthew Hagee
10. When They Ring The Golden Bells
11. There Is A Fountain Filled with Blood / Oh, The Blood of Jesus
The Judy Nelon Group