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