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Music Spotlight Tuesday: Hosanna Music! Live Praise & Worship Series

Perhaps no single compilation of music has wielded more influence on modern-day praise and worship than the Hosanna Music! Live Praise & Worship Series.

This series featured live recordings, original songs, written by present-day singers and musicians. These songs did not come from the hymn book.

While singing contemporary-style songs was not a new phenomenon when the Hosanna Music! Series made its debut in the early 1980's, the music was new to the church.

Hosanna Music! made new praise and worship songs accessible worldwide and therefore brought change to congregations that were, doing those times, still being led in devotion by church deacons or choirs and choirs alone.

While there is nothing wrong with that, Hosanna Music! recordings were characterized by their use of guitars, electronic keyboards, original songs, and easy-to-remember lyrics sang directly to God the Father.

The implications of the Hosanna Music! Series are far-reaching, but undoubtedly it revolutionized and modernized the music of our present-day churches.

In celebration of the Hosanna Music! Series, here are seven (7) of my favorite songs from the Hosanna Music! Live Praise & Worship Series. They are not my TOP 7, but they certainly are up there. The songs are listed in alphabetical order by artists' name. Enjoy!

1. "But For Grace"- Alvin Slaughter

2. "You Have Broken the Chains"- Bob Fitts

3. "How Excellent is Thy Name"- David Grother

4. "Praise Ye the Lord"- David Ritter

5. "Hosanna! Hosanna!"- J. Daniel Smith

6. "You Are My Rock"- Lenny LeBlanc

7. "Mourning into Dancing"- Ron Kenoly


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