In an endless stream of tunes available online for our listening pleasure, none can quite grasp the depth of old hymns. Hence, we saw the rise of covers and recordings done by renowned and rising artists. Today’s feature is from internationally acclaimed Christian Music Vocal Trio Selah.
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms – Song Cover by Selah
Other Notable Covers: Mahalia Jackson, Alan Jackson and Iris Dement
The Hymn You Know
Wordsmiths were Elisha Hoffman and Anthony Showalter. They drew inspiration from the Deuteronomy 33:27 passage which spoke of God as an unfailing refuge, hence, the title Leaning on the Everlasting Arms. Suited to the word “everlasting,” the hymn has survived more than four generations since its publication in the 1800’s.
Re-introducing Classic Songs of Faith
Categorized as CCM artists, Selah members Todd Smith, Allan Hall, and Amy Perry have established a reputation of being among ancient hymn revivalists. Adding their own touch of musicality and employing modern arrangements, their initiative heightened interests and appreciations from the young consumers.
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Vocalist and group’s accompanist, Allan Hall expressed that hymns were foundational on who they are. More often than not, Selah’s experiences with teenagers deviate from the notion that oldies were a boredom to the youths.
“We sang ‘It Is Well With My Soul’ at a youth conference one time and were congratulated by a teenager afterward for writing such a ‘cool song.’ I explained to him where the song came from, showed him a hymnal and told him it was chock-full of other really ‘cool songs.’”
Parents, likewise, commend their hymn recordings.
“Parents are always telling us, ‘the only way our kids know these hymns is because we sing along in the car with you.’ …”
Recognitions and Awards
In their 20 years in the music industry, Selah’s record became padded with numerous GMA Dove Awards and nominations for Best Single, Best Inspirational Album, and Best Group of the Year. Consistent with their identity as a Christian Band, they’ve made appearances on faith-themed TV networks like the “700 Club” and “The Hour of Prayer.”
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