A nine-movement folk liturgy of confession, renewal, and dedication, "The Whole Spirit: Redemption Songs" was written, arranged, and (with a little help from friends) performed by Phoenix, Ariz.-based singer/songwriter and Fuller Theological Seminary alumni Todd Hoover.
A biography and explanation of this album is available for your reading pleasure at toddhoovermusic.blogspot.com
"(Todd Hoover continues) to show that a growing number of young church musicians are embracing different values as compared to the industry (speaking both musically and theologically, and perhaps even financially) for the songs they write and produce … ('The Whole Spirit: Redemption Songs' contains) tasteful, musical, liturgically-oriented, congregation-friendly songs, thoughtfully wedding old worship forms and songs with new settings. Folk-indie, while more classically-oriented in singing and some instrumentation." – Zac Hicks, associate pastor of worship and liturgy at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church in Denver, www.zachicks.com
"Sometimes totally overflowing, sometimes deeply contemplative ... a bit of congregational singing a la Sacred Harp at 'Cold Mountain' ... Todd Hoover captures a circulation of faith in simple pictures, and it takes a musical tour of first quality." -- Carl Ackfeld, an indie music blogger based in Germany, derbaenkelsaenger.blogspot.com
(7/17/12; translated with near-certain errors by Google and Todd Hoover)
"The style of music that Hoover best fits into is something like what you might call 'gypsy music' ... Hoover himself sounds like he would've made a fine 'Jesus Music' singer in the 70s, and he has pretty much tailored the music to fit that sound ... (i)f you're a fan of groups like The Psalters, you may want to ... procure yourself a copy." -- Scott Fryberger, music critic at Jesusfreakhideout.com
"I was surprised how similar ('The Whole Spirit: Redemption Songs') sounded to some of the Jesus People music of the 70s ... (t)hese songs could not be mistaken for the vague 'Jesus (is) my boy/girlfriend' CCM songs of the 80s, 90s, and today ... (Todd Hoover) gives voice to repentance." -- Rev. Paul Cain, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Sheridan, Wyo., lhpqbr.blogspot.com
"I'm not sure if this whole thing is too religious for me, but I like the songs of this Phoenix-based singer/songwriter." -- Das Klienicum, an indie music blog based in Ampfing, Germany, dasklienicum.blogspot.com
(6/19/12; translated flawlessly by Heidi Messner)
"If you’re into the discordant musical style of Yoko Ono, you might be able to connect with this project ... the project has a distinct homemade feel." -- Rob Snyder, music critic at Alpha Omega News, alphaomeganews.org
"Kind of modern-day hymns … I really liked the choir sound … and his vocals are great as well." – Derek Jordan, children’s pastor at Lakewood Christian Centre, derkopenedeyes.blogspot.com
Todd Hoover was interviewed in the "Fast Five" section of Bicester, England-based indie music blog More Than the Music, www.morethanthemusic.co.uk
"The Whole Spirit: Redemption Songs" was counted among the "great music" featured in The Worship Community's new releases section, www.theworshipcommunity.com
"If You're the Same God" was selected as a Soundcloud "gem" by Chicago-based indie music blog Faronheit and streamed accordingly, faronheit.com
"Weaklings" has been added to the online playlist of Christian Originals Radio, www.live365.com/stations/christianoriginals
All inquiries regarding purchasing, booking, licensing, interviews, theological quandaries, idle chitchatting, adoration, disgust, hairdressing, etc. should be directed toward firstname.lastname@example.org. (FULL DISCLOSURE: I may not be able to provide you sufficient answers to your hairdressing questions, but I'm willing to try anything once ... )
Seriously, though, thank you so much for your listening ears and generous hearts. May God bless you abundantly in all you do. :)
released 08 May 2012
Recorded and mixed by Clinton Clark (with engineering assistance from Dave Kepple) during April 2012 at Groovin' on Music in Pasadena, Calif. (www.groovinonmusic.com
Mastered by Dale Becker during April 2012 at Bernie Becker Mastering in Pasadena, Calif. (www.berniebecker.com
Album artwork by Jen Franco and Lesley Myrick (www.lesleymyrick.com
Michael Fox -- violin, singing on "Prayer and Doxology"
Cynthia Glass -- soprano voice
Gillian Grannum -- bass guitar, singing on "Prayer and Doxology"
Todd Hoover -- tenor voice and acoustic guitar, speaking on "Prayer
Sarah Keay -- alto voice
David Perry -- bass voice
Ryan Poling -- percussion, singing on "Prayer and Doxology"
Abigail Smith -- piano, singing on "Prayer and Doxology"
All words and music written by Todd Hoover ((c) 2012 Made to Make Music) except for the sung portion of "Prayer and Doxology," written by Thomas Ken in 1674