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"Lutheran Gospel" brings black gospel music style to traditional Anglo-Protestant hymns into places where it is rarely heard.
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Lutheran Gospel: God's Music Has No Color - The Shared Traditions Project blends familiar Aglo-Protestant hymns with current American American gospel music. This project pays tribute to the marriage of styles that can happen when the Holy Spirit gets involved with multiple people groups at roughly the same time. These hymns—mostly written by white musicians in 19th century England or America—are performed with a multi-ethnic group of musicians in the manner that they are played every Sunday morning in certain churches, but featuring a saxophone player from outside the tradition.

The project originates in Houston, Texas—a melting pot of both church expressions AND musical styles. Take one part German immigrant culture. Add in influences from the communities of color that share the immigrant experience. Top it off with the guidance & direction of the Holy Spirit. This is how the traditions of Lutheran Gospel were born. Churches in Houston live this reality every Sunday.

John-David Struckmann has gathered a core group of top quality musicians in Houston, Texas to perform a live concert and record the Lutheran Gospel album.

The Lutheran Gospel Project will debut on April 6, 2014 at a live concert in Houston. Supporting this project will give the music from that evening a new life…in a studio-produced album, complete with documentary and behind-the-scenes footage on The Making of the Lutheran Gospel Project.

Risks and challenges

One big risk I face is that as soon as I gather these musicians from several churches where they each run the show, I take over as the boss. Now, I do this every day in lots of musical situations, but this will be new to all of us.

A second risk is to continue to manage lots of folks who are contributing to this project. I need to both trust my partners and keep them on task. Seeing every little detail through to completion will be a challenge.

Finally, managing the time during recording sessions to balance between spending too much or too little time on each tune. This is new territory for me.

That being said, I've always loved gospel music. It has touched me in a way I can't quite understand. As Motown appeals to the jazz player in me, gospel pulls the church musician to a different place. Both of these styles are a part of who I am, and I can't wait to share that with you!

Here's what I mean: They hymns are part of me to my core. They are my standards. As a church musician and music educator, my experience of leading hymns has me understand the form. I've had to work hard to learn how to play familiar hymns on the keyboard in the gospel style for when I lead in my churches and schools.

While I've always jumped at the chance to play gospel music on saxophone, I've fallen into several situations here in Houston that has allowed me to play more regularly. I'm the blend of traditional Lutheran hymnody and multi-cultural experience in America in the 1970s & 80s.

My Lutheran brothers & sisters love this stuff, but not many of them have heard it this way! These particular hymns because they started in protestant churches and went one direction there and a different direction in gospel churches. I can't wait to mix the two! Kickstarter will give me the opportunity to do this right.

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of "Lutheran Gospel: The Shared Traditions Project"

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    CD VERSION of "Lutheran Gospel: The Shared Traditions Project" Includes digital media, original jacket art, credits & liner notes. Shipping included.

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    SIGNED CD version of "Lutheran Gospel: The Shared Traditions Project". Signed by JD Struckmann and all members of the Lutheran Gospel Band.

    Plus digital download of album tracks.
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    BONUS TRACKS and LIVE RECORDING - Signed CD, digital downloads...Now we're getting to the stuff that's hard to find, but worth the search! Get all the previous rewards plus BONUS TRACKS from the "Lutheran Gospel" recording session AND the LIVE RECORDING of the April 6, 2014 concert in Houston, Texas.

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    LIMITED EDITION DVD - Now you see behind the scenes. All the previous rewards plus a Limited Edition DVD - "The Making of Lutheran Gospel" - complete with footage of live performances and recording sessions.

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    HANG OUT WITH THE BAND - Maybe you're the kind of person for whom the seeing the recording session on tape just won't be good enough. Well, this is the reward for you! Get all the previous rewards PLUS a personal invite to hang out at the session as the project is recorded. You know you want to be there!

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    ARTISTIC INPUT - At this level, you actually get to have input into the project! For your $250 pledge, YOUR VOTE COUNTS! In addition to all previous levels of rewards, you will be included in the final conversations about which tracks will be included on the final release. Your opinion counts at the $250 level and you'll get credit on the liner notes.

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    VETO POWER - Just say no. Well, that's what you get with this reward! All previous rewards PLUS veto power over a tune for the record! (I'm looking at you, Dad. You don't want me to play your, ahem, favorite hymn, then put up the bucks!) This privilege is only available for two discerning individuals!

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    HOUSE CONCERT - So, maybe you can't get to the April 6 concert in Houston. But you REALLY want to hear the "Lutheran Gospel" music live. Choose this reward to get all previous rewards PLUS a house concert at a home of your choosing on a mutually agreeable date. I'll do my best to bring the whole band (or assemble a band of musicians in your hometown)...but at the very least it will be me, my horns and a keyboard. Does not include travel.

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    CHURCH CONCERT - So maybe you don't want me to come to your house. I get that. But, how about bringing this whole experience to your church? At this level, all previous rewards, but instead of a home concert how about a church concert at a place of your choosing on a mutually agreeable date? I'll put the band back together to lead worship at your congregation (or we'll assemble a band of local musicians). I'd love to see you sometime in late 2014 or 2015.

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    SIT IN WITH THE BAND - If you're really caught up in the "Lutheran Gospel" project, maybe you want to sit in with the band! Or at least take a lesson from the band leader. In addition to all previous levels of rewards, I will work with you ahead of the recording sessions for "Lutheran Gospel" on a tune that we are recording or suits you and your skills. Then I'll invite you to sit in for a session. We'll record the session and you'll have the memory of a lifetime.

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