Composer:   Mark Hayes
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   Monarch Music
Edition:   10/3434M
Voicing:   SATB
Setting:   Accompanied


Mike Ellingsen
Trinity Lutheran, Blue Earth 2007
R&R Chair Music in Worship

Our choir doesn’t sing much Brazilian dance music – that may be the understatement of the decade – but this has to be our favorite anthem of the year. The scenario – send Mark Hayes on vacation to Brazil and let him jam with local musicians on Amazing Grace. The resulting arrangement works well with keyboard and choir alone, but is especially nice when enhanced by the sax and percussion parts. I’d recommend adding a bass part as well. Some of the jazz harmonies and multiple syncopations must be carefully rehearsed so they can sound relaxed and still be clean, but this anthem is pure joy!

Also available: TTBB (#10/3435M), sax, rhythm and percussion (#30/2121M), performance/accompaniment CD (#99/1978M)