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Philip Fortenberry: “Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me”

Your Inspirational Song of the Week

September 10 - September 16, 2019

Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me



Performed by Philip Fortenberry
Music by Thomas Hastings

Listen to the Music!

Philip Fortenberry’s emotional and virtuosic instrumental version of the famous hymn Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me will leave you breathless. The melody for this particular hymn is actually entitled “Toplady”, by Thomas Hastings, and Philip’s interpretation starts gently with gorgeous harmonies that build to an exciting, energetic climax. This song is off his album Faith, a collection of instrumental piano arrangements of many popular spiritual songs that is a tribute to the Unseen Presence at work in all our lives. Faith offers us a most divine assurance, inspiring us to carry on.

About the Artist

As a versatile artist whose styles encompass a wide range of musical genres, Philip Fortenberry is a performer with an equally expansive career. A native of Columbia, Mississippi, Philip began playing the piano at the age of four and by seven was the accompanist for his church. He continued his piano studies as a private student of Myoko Lotto at The Juilliard School.

Philip has played for many Broadway productions and national tours including such shows as Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar and The Lion King. He has also toured the U.S. and Canada in concert performances of The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber.

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"This man speaks to the core of what music really is." —D. Hollingsworth, Las Vegas, NV

"He is very talented. He really connects with his audience. You can feel his passion as he plays. Enjoyed it very much." —House Seats

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10 thoughts on “Philip Fortenberry: “Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me”

  1. Beautifully inspiring and relaxing at the same time.
    Looking forward to performance in Port Chester on Saturday.

    1. Bring your earplugs! It’s Disco Night and Mindblowingly Loud! No kiddin’!

  2. So neat…the subject of the Wednesday night reading here in Folsom tonight!!!!

    1. God communicates in wondrous ways!

  3. You make WCU proud!

    1. Yeah, Phil Fortenberry has always been a most special fella and a fine artist. We’re proud to have known him and to have worked with him over the years.

  4. Love this rendition and the way Philip develops the song, it is soothing to the soul!

    1. We couldn’t agree with you more, Tim. Thanks for writing in.

  5. Your Music is So Amazing and Beautiful.God gave you a Very Special Gift.💕💕💕💕

    1. That He did, that He did …

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