Anchor Hymns is a brand-new initiative and multigenerational collective of artists crafting songs of substance from a lyrical, theological, and musical frame. To begin, the early albums cover some of Integrity’s most iconic songs and reframe them in a new and musical manner. The movement’s first single is a reworked version of ‘Christ Be All Around Me,’ which features multi-cultural collective Village Lights and singer-songwriter Jasmine Mullen. The latter describes discovering the song as a child and how the words struck her at the time, saying, “it became sort of a prayer for me then, so it’s surreal that I still get to sing that prayer over myself and others now.”Anchor Hymns are unafraid to handle the sounds of sorrow and sadness, as well as joy and celebration, since they are rooted in sacred, reverential, and vulnerable honesty. “To me, the world appears chaotic […] Some days, I may easily surround myself in gloom.
‘Christ Be All Around Me,’ on the other hand, invites God to truly envelop Himself around every aspect of who we are; it feels appropriate to sing this in a moment of deep suffering and uncertainty “Jasmine continues. This project is more than just a serious compilation of spiritual songs, as introduced with ‘Christ Be All Around Me.’ Anchor Hymns is a place where songs that are meant to be played on a spectrum of musical expertise can arise.
The artists and musicians involved in Anchor Hymns are Paul Baloche, Sandra McCracken, Tim Timmons, Andrew Osenga, Dwan Hill, Leslie Jordan, Taylor Leonhardt and Jess Ray (Mission House), Brent Milligan, Garrett Tyler, Brian Eichelberger, Ike Ndolo, Sarah Kroger, Ricky Vazquez, Lucy Grimble, Dee Wilson, Jasmine Mullen, Antoine Bradford, and Chaunda Jefferson.
Rooted in sacred, reverential, and vulnerable honesty these hymns dive deep into the human condition. Anchor Hymns is a multigenerational collective of artists creating songs of substance from both a lyrical, theological, and musical frame. With roots spanning across generations past and yet-to come, as well diverse ethnic backgrounds, these songs create a place where honesty can be found in community, while simultaneously looking towards what’s ahead with gratitude. Musically drawing from Neo Soul, Indie Rock, Brooklyn Fusion, (Blues, Jazz, RnB, Soul), these songs are unafraid to tackle the sounds of suffering and grief, as well as joy and celebration. Anchor Hymns creates a space in our musical lexicon to find language for our grief, our suffering, our anxieties, our doubt, our disbelief, our uncertainty. More than just a serious collection of spiritual songs, these are meant to be played on a continuum of musical sophistication, allowing room for worship musicians to level up their skills or to simplify the sounds and play within their skillset. The hope is that these songs of substance would strengthen the hearts, souls, and minds of those who engage (whether playing, or listening).They are songs that are for funerals and home churches alike, in both traditional and modern houses of worship worldwide.This is an open and accessible spiritual and musical edification that gives space for those who find it difficult to engage in typical four chord modern worship.