The Brothers of Abriem Harp, a group of musicians from Canton, Ohio have been working on an album that puts the story of Christ’s final days into song. Each musician sings from the outlook of a different character from the Gospel narratives and by doing this, listeners are able to hear the retelling of Christ’s sacrifice from a variety of perspectives. The Harp Family Hymnbook: A Collection of Revised Hymns, has been produced by the brothers and a few of their friends to help fund their musical retelling of Christ’s final days, and a selection of tracks from the album have been graciously made available free for Christ and Pop Culture members.

The Harp Family Hymnbook reveals that regardless of genre or sound, the story of Christ’s love for us remains the heart of our worship.

The hymns on this album, perhaps previously perceived as outdated, are made new by the talented artists involved. Rather than archaic songs from a dusty hymnal accompanied by the obligatory organ, the Brothers of Abriem Harp and friends have rehabilitated hymns with a variety of sounds that defy a singular genre label.

With the calming, laid-back sounds offered on the album, it’s easy to get lost in the full and beautiful words the artists sing. Words from the old hymns are presented with beautiful harmonies that ease the listener into the new sound while still remaining true to the original hymn and its message. For obvious reasons, the lyrics give this album a feeling of timelessness. There’s a sort of comfort in the fact that regardless of the genre, the truth found in the classic lyrics remains consistent—as true today as in the day they were written, drawing from the gospel truth that existed before time began.

The music of worship has often been a point of contention that has divided churches throughout their history. Churchgoers have strong opinions and passions about the tune of their worship to God, much of it built on personal tradition and experience. The Brothers of Abriem Harp and friends have crafted an album of classic hymns that expose the seeming ridiculousness of such debates. They say,

There’s a poetry to these old hymns—a sharp conviction—that seems to outlive every musical fad and every passing flight of fancy. The songwriters have often fallen upon these songs for inspiration in times of numbness, striving to bring a little of that blood and guts honesty to their own work.

The Harp Family Hymnbook reveals that regardless of genre or sound, the story of Christ’s love for us and his sacrifice for our broken world remains the heart of our worship. The Brothers of Abriem Harp and friends manifest this message beautifully on their album. The sounds of the songs encourage prayerful meditation on the words and their meaning. This poetically written and arranged album is sure to nourish your soul. Enjoy this selection of tracks for Christ and Pop Culture members, and if you long for more, purchase the full collection to support their upcoming work.