An established composer and musician, Robert J. Powell, BMus., MSM, FAGO, ChM, member of ASCAP, has over 800 titles published. Sacred solo settings are part of that number, and are a blessing to church services: inspiring texts have skillful, sensitive, beautifully written settings.
A note from William Elliott: “I have always been fascinated by the experience of setting words to music and music to words. When the marriage is a good one, something is created in the world that wasn’t there before and that continues to live and allows us to connect better with each other. I hope you like my songs.”
Jennifer Nubel presents poems by Mary Baker Eddy set to classical music from Bach to Bizet. Jennifer crafts these highly accessible solos using skills and insights gained from her years of experience as church organist, accompanist, and ensemble singer. The study tracks employ ‘realistic singer rubato’ for easy singing along.
April Brahinsky, a longtime pianist and teacher offers beautiful solos available as sheet music and she also kicks off our WFM Church Music Recording Collection by providing recorded instrumental music for use in church services. Here are instrumentals to fulfill the needs of churches that desire to play recorded music for their Preludes, Offertories and Postludes. They are divided into three categories: Calm and Prayerful – perhaps just a perfect way to start your Sunday morning service, Joyful and Rousing – more energetic and perhaps better for a Postlude, and Energies of Soul – those that could go either way and also might be a great choice for your Offertory. We’ll let you decide.
Noah Marlowe is a seasoned veteran of the Broadway stage, an actor of depth and is blessed with a singing voice that belies his age (which happens to be 14 years). Still in the process of finding his particular genre of musical styling he explores several traditions here ranging from Pop to Rock to Broadway and often finds an original mix of all three.
As a musical artist, I love to gently chisel away at a song, turning it this way and that way, trying to get to the essence of all the pieces of music that are hiding within it. When each new insight becomes clear, the flash of that eureka moment makes all the hard work worthwhile.
“Music is my salvation,” wrote classically-trained Margaret Imrie. This rings through her soloist and recital career spanning six decades, two thousand performances, seven languages, and venues and ceremonies of many different faith traditions.
The following are solos composed or adapted by the wonderfully creative Kimberly Stephenson.
When I started serving as organist for the church, I had written a couple of solos, among other things. My soloist liked them and sang them for services; they were very well received. She started asking (every week, actually) if I’d written something new, so I continued composing solos, which led to publishing them. DARCEY PRESS, my business alias, now publishes sacred music compositions, keyboard and vocal, of over 40 contemporary composers, including sacred solos of many styles.
Terry’s formative years were spent in small-town Oklahoma before moving on to study music at the Universities of Oklahoma and Illinois and to teach in suburban Chicago, LaCrosse WI, Tucson AZ, Emporia KS, and now Kansas City. He loves all types of music, especially classical. His favorite pastimes include reading, working with choirs, playing piano, and traveling.