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An artistic musical telling of the Book of Hebrews: for vocals, rock/folk band, and chamber orchestra.
An artistic musical telling of the Book of Hebrews: for vocals, rock/folk band, and chamber orchestra.
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PSALLOS

If this is your first time interacting with Psallos, allow us to introduce ourselves!

Our mission is simple: to create artistically excellent and theologically rich music that teaches people about God and salvation through Jesus Christ. So far, we have created three albums: Slave Songs (2012), Romans (2012), and Church Songs, Vol. 1 (2016). The Romans album embodies this mission and is the first of what we hope are many future projects in which we set New Testament epistles to music. Which brings us our fourth and upcoming album...

THE HEBREWS PROJECT

Like the Romans album before it, Hebrews will be a musical adaptation of a New Testament letter. We've taken the overall story of the Hebrews epistle and set it to song: not a word-for-word rendering, but rather a poetic expression of the narrative. Musical styles and timbres of all sorts are woven together to capture the many layers of the letter's narrative.

The album will consist of over 25 tracks that cover all 13 chapters of Hebrews. All of the songs of Hebrews will be continuous, each track flowing smoothly into the next. 

Thomas Griffith and Kelsie Edgren return to sing the lead vocals. Accompanying them is a diverse mixture of instruments. Strings, winds, and brass combine with piano, guitars, and drums to create a fresh and evocative instrumental palette. Electronics smoothly intertwine with the primarily acoustic fabric. Spoken text appears at key moments to aid listeners in their understanding of the complex message of Hebrews.

Here is the instrumentation of Hebrews:

  • Vocals
  • Piano
  • Drums
  • Bass guitar
  • Acoustic guitar
  • Electric guitar
  • Mandolin
  • Banjo
  • Hammered dulcimer
  • Auxiliary percussion
  • Various classroom instruments
  • Flute
  • Clarinet
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Double Bass
  • Electronics

And below are some of the current track names, along with their respective passages in the letter.

  • "Ex Paradiso (2:5-18)" 
  • "Wilderness: A Third Warning (6:4-8)" 
  • "The Old (9:1-10)" 
  • "Two Mountains (12:18-24)"

TIMELINE

Our goal is to release Hebrews by mid-November of this year. We hope to record throughout the months of July and August, with mixing and mastering concluding sometime around late-October. Once we have all of the audio files squared away, we will start the CD replication process, which takes about 3-4 weeks to complete. 

REWARDS

We have dozens of sweet rewards that you can look through to the right. Here, we'll feature pictures of some of them throughout the campaign.

The "He Brews" Coffee Mug
The "He Brews" Coffee Mug

 

Limited Edition T-Shirt (Front)
Limited Edition T-Shirt (Front)

 

Limited Edition T-Shirt (Back)
Limited Edition T-Shirt (Back)

WHERE YOUR MONEY IS GOING

Recording an album of a normal size is not cheap. Recording an album of 25+ tracks is just downright expensive! When we approached some Nashville studios about recording the whole thing professionally with them, the total came out close to $60K. And as much as we would love to go that route, that doesn't seem like the best option for us at the moment.  So, instead, we're going to do all of the recording (minus drums) ourselves in the same style as 'Romans.' We'll record everything in our home-made studio with our own equipment, giving us plenty of time craft the music how we see fit. We're purchasing much better recording gear, which, with our added experience, will result in a more excellent sound. 

Fleshed out more specifically, here is what the money we raise will be used for: 

  • Purchasing new and better recording equipment
  • Mixing and mastering the album
  • Pressing the album onto CDs
  • Travel costs for musicians

STRETCH GOALS

If we exceed our $10,000 goal, the surplus money will go towards funding additional Psallos ideas.

  • $12,000 -- We will create a family devotional book of 'Hebrews' for you to use in your home. Incorporating our music, we'll present the themes of Hebrews in an easy-to-understand format that do not water-down the Bible. 
  • $13,000 -- 'Romans' on vinyl! We'll finally take the plunge and create a 2-disc version of 'Romans' on vinyl. 
  • $15,000 -- We will record a live performance of 'Hebrews' with full orchestra. Yes, FULL ORCHESTRA! As many instruments as we can possibly get on stage. Think Wagner. Well, maybe not Wagner. 
  • $18,000 -- We will organize a 'Romans' or 'Hebrews' Psallos Conference. The conference will feature a live performance of our album, plus renowned Bible teachers and scholars who will speak on various aspects of the letter. Attendees will have opportunities to fellowship and worship with like-minded believers, hear good music, and learn about Scripture.

Risks and challenges

With all the writing done, our biggest hurdles right now are recording and mixing in a timely manner. Our goal is to track everything by the end of the summer and use the fall to get everything in its proper place. Many of us work full-time, so it gets difficult to organize with our busy schedules.

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    Along with your early audio download, we'll send you a digital version of the 'Hebrews' lyric booklet. Using your computer or favorite tablet, you'll be able to read the ESV Scripture text with the song lyrics side-by-side as you listen.

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    The full Psallos discography, signed! Once it's ready, we'll send you signed copies of 'Hebrews' and our 3 previous albums.

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    Do you sing? Then this reward is for you! There are 1 or 2 tracks on 'Hebrews' that are scored for choir or group vocals, and we're inviting you to lend your voice. That's right, you get to sing on the 'Hebrews' album!

    Once the parts are finalized, we'll send them to you (in sheet music and audio file form) for you to learn. You can record them yourself or come to Jackson, TN sometime in July and we'll add you to our choir. If you do the recording by yourself, the audio files must be excellent quality and sent to us by August 1.

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    The Conductor

    For the music-reader in the family: the full score of 'Romans,' meticulously notated by composer Cody Curtis. Over 350 pages spiral bound. We'll also send you the PDF files of the parts for you to print off as needed.

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    Art by Thomas Griffith. Lead singer Thomas Griffith is a very talented artist, having recently graduated with a Bachelor's degree in art at Union University. He'll create for you a portrait (individually or as a family) in graphite.

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    For such a generous donation, we'll put your name on the back of the 'Hebrews' album, under the "Special thanks to..." section. Imagine: your name memorialized on this project!

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    The Online-Listener

    A one-hour online concert where you can request any Psallos song for Thomas, Kelsie, and company to perform. Grab all your friends and family, or folks from your church, to experience this personalized and intimate show. We'll work with you to find a good time to do it.

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    The Commissioner

    Composer Cody Curtis will write and record 1 song based on any Scripture passage you would like. (If you even think about picking something from Song of Solomon, so help me...)

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    The Concert-Goer

    We'll get a traveling troupe together and perform a 'Romans' or 'Hebrews' concert at your house or church. Anywhere within a 300 mile radius of Jackson, TN, we'll be there! (If you'd like us to travel farther to you, additional expenses will apply to cover gas and lodging).

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    The Decision-Maker

    For such a generous donation, you get our most prized privilege: you get to select which NT letter we set for our next album! We want to get working on it in early 2018, so we need to make our decision soon.

    There are a few stipulations: 1) it must be 6 chapters or less ('Romans' and 'Hebrews' have wiped us out!); 2) if it is part a sequence of letters (e.g. 1 and 2 Corinthians, 1, 2, and 3 John, etc.) we prefer to release the first letter of the series before the others; and 3) you have to keep it a secret until we're ready to announce later next year.

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