|NEW ALBUM: Psalms, Songs, Solitude
Ronan Johnston and Emmaus announce the release of their new album "Psalms, Songs, Solitude".
The genesis of the idea for this album was Joanne's. She suggested we compile all our quiet and contemplative tracks onto one album, providing a kind of "quiet time in a box" as it were, a resource for people who didn't have access to music ministry or big worship sessions, a way of plugging straight into prayer through music. The recordings come right from our first album "Come to Me" in 1989 to our most recent "Let's not go back to Egypt" in 2011.?May it be a blessing to you on your ongoing journey into God.
- My Burning Heart - from the album "Emmaus Community Praise Live", 2002
- Lord I am not proud (Psalm 131)- from the album "Mountaintop", 2009
- And I will worship you - from the album "Mountaintop" 2009 ©
- You have never let me down - from the album "Mountaintop" 2009 ©
- Out of the depths (Psalm 120) - from the album "Closer Nearer" 1999
- Jesus, Jesus Touch me - from the album "Closer Nearer" 1999
- We have a hope in Jesus/All will be well - from the album "Emmaus Community Praise Live" 2002
- Draw Me - from the album "Across the River" 1995
- Shadow of your wings - from the album "Across the River" 1995
- The Father's Song (You are mine) - from the album "Come to Me" 1989
- I will lose control to you - from the album "Across the River" 1995
- Who are you? - from the album "Come to Me"
- Trust Surrender Believe Receive - from the album "Come to Me"
- You are my beloved child (outro) - from the album "Let's not go back to Egypt" 2011
|ALBUM: LET'S NOT GO
BACK TO EGYPT
Johnston and Emmaus announce the release of their
album "Let's not go back to Egypt", a wry
reflection on things economic and spiritual in
Ireland for these past couple of years.
Ten brand new tracks with a real eclectic flavour,
the album begins with the title track "Let's not go
back to Egypt", a romp through the American
spiritual landscape recently so successfully
occupied by the Blind Boys of Alabama. Then an
immediate change of pace with the orchestral (and
choral) "Arise Shine", lyrics taken from Isaiah 60.
From folk rock (All who are born of the Spirit) to
Rock rock (I Belong), from quiet meditation of
"because of the Lord's great love"
to the wig out of "Hush (and listen)" this is Emmaus
back to their collective ideal of having a real wild
mix on every album.
For old fans of the band, some of the themes of
previous albums are on view here; light in darkness,
hope in times of suffering, and deep yearning for
God. But there are some very new challenges too.
Right from the get go, the refrain (and album title)
reverberates, Let's not go back to Egypt. So
everyone went mad and lost their view of the eternal
one while trying to get rich quick. Okay, so we blew
Let's not walk ourselves back into slavery just
because we don't know what to do any more.
"As things have been slowly falling apart", says
Ronan " and as we've seen the great institutions of
State, business and Church come tumbling down,
people have become very afraid, very anxious about
the future, very unsure if they will survive. I
think this album is a reminder that it is for
freedom that we have been set free. We have a deep
and lasting hope in Jesus, and if we stay close to
Him during this time, He will take this present
disaster and turn it into something great and
So many of our songs have been about taking heart in
times of darkness. This album is no exception. It
just seems like the darkness is even greater than
before. But his light shines in the darkness and the
darkness can never put it out."
|SONGS OF CONSOLATION cd
SONGS OF CONSOLATION by Rónán Johnston.
Pre-release album is now available to purchase,
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Click here for Lyrics & Thoughts on the Album.....
Just a quick one this time, to let
you all know that 21 demands just went to Number 1
yesterday with "Give me a minute", entirely on
downloads (an amazing achievement), David's download
"Don't look back in Anger) is at number 7, and both
Scubadice and Maeve O'Donovan's tracks are still top
40. Congrats to all. I mainly blame your producers!!
David O'Connor's single, "On Borrowed Wings" was
finished in the allotted 72 hours (Lord help us).
Sounding huge!! And will be due for download any
second, and available in the shops within a week or
And most importantly of all, "Songs of Consolation"
CD's pressed, and just covers to be printed. We'll
be ready to go by Easter, and you can get it
directly through this website. Hopefully we'll have
at least two buttons initially: Paypal and CD Baby,
and we'll add iTunes as soon as it's up on the
Can't wait. I'll send you all a message as soon as
we're ready to roll!
me a Minute" by 21 Demands went straight into the
Irish charts this week at Number 2, based on
downloads alone, recorded only a week ago in my
place, and produced by myself and Larry. Actually
the story is even more exciting than that. This
week, we have four downloadable records in the Irish
top 30, all recorded and produced by us for the
final four acts in You're A Star
So Scubadice have a Number 8 hit singing a cover
version of Greenday's holiday
O'Connor, (the final winner of the competition) is
at 20 with a cover of Noel Gallagher's "Don't Look
back in Anger".....
Maeve O'Donovan is at number 25 with the Stevie
Nick's song "Landslide" also recently covered by the
To cap the week, we find ourselves down in Joe
Egan's "Loft" studio in Clara County Offaly (where I
mixed "Songs of Consolation" my own forthcoming
album) this time, recording the winner's single for
Universal records. David won as I mentioned, and
he's been given a very strong pop ballad written by
Bryan Adams and Elliot Kennedy called "On Borrowed
Wings". The pressure is on and we've only three days
to record and mix it. Hope you all like it. It will
be available for download on Friday coming.
Contents Under Pressure!!
Okay, so I got the new album, "Songs of Consolation"
all mastered and stuff, and I was patiently waiting
for You're a Star to come to its natural end, when
the MPO CD pressing plant in Dublin ceased its
operations last Friday. There was a mad scramble and
now (as there's only one pressing plant left in the
country!) I have to get everything in to the system
So this is a map of my life for the next few days.
Wednesday: do all the band charts for the last two
You're a Star shows. 10 hours Thursday: Helix for
Camera rehearsals for semifinal and final of You're
a Star. Get masters of "Songs of Consolation" into
MidAtlantic. 9 hours Friday: Final Rehearsal with
acts for closing weekend of You're a Star, mid
afternoon soundcheck RTE, and Late Late Show with
acts that night (lots of hours) Saturday: Semifinal
day. In the Helix at crack of egg. Rehearsals and
soundchecks all day. Show live at 8pm. Results at
930. Drive home. Don't crash. Fall into bed. Sunday:
Final day. In at 8am. Same as yesterday but with one
fewer act. Go live at 630pm. Results at 8pm. Wrap
party soon after.
Monday- start recording single with this year's
You're a Star winner for Universal records. Get
artwork in on Songs of Consolation. Try not to have
breakdown. Kiss kids goodnight. Fall asleep.
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