The Redeemer Forum for Singer/Songwriters, a ministry of Redeemer’s Worship and Music Department, is now completing work on a new CD featuring six artists from the Redeemer community. The CD, titled In the City, is a compilation of 10 songs about living in New York City. All proceeds from CD sales will benefit Hope for New York. The artists will perform selections from the CD at a release party on Monday, December 14 at 8:00PM at Crash Mansion, 199 Bowery. All are invited to attend.
RFSS began in 2004 as a way for singer/songwriters to form community through sharing original music. The forum serves as a means for songwriters to introduce new material and receive feedback. Last summer, RFSS began planning for the CD project and writing new material inspired by HFNY and the vision of Redeemer. The task for each songwriter was to compose a song addressing his or her unique experience living in New York. As a result, the lyrical content covers a wide range of attributes of city living, from the richness of culture and the beauty of architecture to the weight of homelessness and the stress of commuting. Through each songwriter’s individual perspective the CD as a whole provides a unique soundtrack that resonates with the experiences of city life.
As part of the Renew Campaign, much of the music on In the City has been featured during worship services and at Renew events. The songwriters featured on the CD are Monica Allison, Edmerald Gan, Phoebe Lyng, Sean McClowry, Melanie Penn, and Steph Shaw. The project was a team effort involving many volunteers, including instrumentalists from the Redeemer community and Tommy Matthews, who provided the artwork for the disc.
The CD will be available for purchase at the release party on Monday, December 14 as well as at the CD sales tables following all worship services in December.