Ernie Haase & Signature Sound along with StowTown Records are thrilled to announce the release of their brand new memorial project, The Favorite Hymns of Fanny Crosby. In an album dedicated to one of the greatest hymnists in American history, the quartet is proud to release this special album in honor of her unlimited contributions and dedication to gospel music.
"This was a labor of love for the songs and love for the lady who wrote them, Fanny J. Crosby. She died in 1915 and left us with over 8,000 songs that still fill our churches with a script for praise and worship," said Ernie Haase. "Personally, I have loved her songs since I was a kid. When there was a Spirit-filled, wonder-filled moment in our church growing up, it always seemed we were singing Fanny Crosby songs."
Well-known hymns like "Jesus Keep Me Near The Cross", "Blessed Assurance", "Pass Me Not - O Gentle Savior" and "Tell Me The Story Of Jesus" are each highlighted selections on the project, although it obviously wasn't easy to narrow down the endless list of classics.
"It was very hard. We actually have released a songbook to go along with this project," noted Haase. "We put 20 of her most beloved hymns in the songbook. I hope to do a Volume Two CD one day and cover those songs we did not get to record this time around."
Crosby's bio is one of the most intriguing in our country's history, a story that Haase happily reminisces about.
"She became blind at six weeks old. Her grandmother was her eyes, teaching her about nature, animals and the Bible," he added. "Her poems and writings were sought after by Presidents and Congressmen. She addressed the U.S. Congress, was a friend of many U.S. Presidents, was a champion for the blind and poor, and served in several missions throughout New York City where she lived most of her life."
Crosby had a special gift for songwriting and passing on that gift to others through the music.
"I love the way she painted a picture with her words. Knowing that she was blind and never visibly saw these images leads me to think God showed her through Faith things that only Faith can see," said Haase.
Haase is excited about the future possibilities with numerous lyrics that Crosby left to enjoy.
"There are over 2,400 unpublished lyrics that have recently been uncovered and, along with my producer Wayne Haun, I am looking to put new music to these and release these songs through the artists on our label, StowTown Records. The potential is unlimited!!! I really think there is something special here."
The Favorite Hymns of Fanny Crosby is currently available on Amazon and iTunes on the digital market and at Christian retail stores everywhere.