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 New Music Spotlight: Janice Faber Posted on 2-19-2010
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New Music Spotlight

CD cover for Rest Assured by Janice Faber

Rest Assured
From Janice Faber

Rest Assured - Hymns on Piano is a collection of timeless hymns played with graceful, soul-stirring simplicity.

Song List:

Day By Day
In This Very Room
Blessed Assurance
Jesus Loves The Little Children - Jesus Loves Me
Amazing Grace
My Jesus I Love Thee
Oh How He Loves You And Me
Savior Like A Shepherd Lead Us
How Great Thou Art
Gentle Shepherd
Near To The Heart Of God

Review by Kathy Parsons of mainlypiano.com

Rest Assured: Hymns On Piano was pianist/composer Janice Faber's debut CD, and is a gently soothing collection of eleven traditional hymns and praise songs enhanced with some of Faber's original music. It was originally released several years ago when Faber's three children were quite small. She and her husband used the music for rocking them to sleep as well as for their own relaxation at the end of a long day. People requested more of this music and shared stories of how the music comforted them in difficult times. Faber has been a church pianist since she was a child, so this music is a very big part of her life, giving her the ability to express meaning in the music that goes far beyond the scope of the lyrics. Her approach to the music on this album is one of soothing comfort and reassurance. Her touch is gentle yet strong and confident, making this a recording that anyone can enjoy simply for the beauty of the music whether or not they are drawn to the hymns themselves. For anyone who enjoys solo piano hymns, this album is a must-have, as is the follow-up Measures of Grace (2009). On both albums, some of the hymns are familiar classics while others are less well-known, making for a richly rewarding listening experience.

Rest Assured begins with "Day By Day," a gorgeous hymn played with grace and sensitivity - a lovely start. "Blessed Assurance" is one of the best-known hymns, yet Faber makes it her own. Her flowing left hand brings out the best of the melody and fills it with warmth. "Jesus Love The Little Children" and "Jesus Loves Me" are two of my favorite hymns from childhood Sunday School, and Faber's medley is gentle, innocent, and very sincere. I'm always fascinated by all of the different interpretations of "Amazing Grace," and Faber's is one of the most beautiful solo piano arrangements I've heard - quiet and gently flowing. "Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us" has an elegant flow and a deep emotional connection that really comes through - beautiful! "How Great Thou Art" is another classic hymn, given a fresh and contemporary make-over that is true to the original melody and spirit of the piece. One of my favorites is "Gentle Shepherd," a hymn I was not familiar with. The melody is simple and heartfelt, and Faber's arrangement is wonderful. "Near To The Heart of God" is the closing hymn, ending this excellent CD on a quiet, thoughtful note.

Rest Assured is a beautiful album from the first note to the last. Be sure to check it out at janicefaberpiano.com, Amazon, CD Baby, and iTunes. I very highly recommend it!

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 Health Problems and a Thank You Posted on 2-16-2010
WOTR News Article Health Problems and a Thank You

Dear friends and listeners of WOTR:

We would first like to apologize for the lack of updates to our website. Unfortunately, Jeff has been having some health problems over the last few months and hasn't been working as much as usual. Please keep him in your prayers as he is trying to get back to full health, and he wants to devote more time and energy to Word of Truth Radio.

We also want to express how sincerely thankful we are that we are able to have such wonderful and kind listeners, such as yourself. We are so grateful for all your prayers and financial support which enables us to keep broadcasting the message of hope and peace that is found only in Jesus.

We pray that God will bless and comfort you all.

The WOTR Staff

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 WOTR Christmas Station Posted on 11-7-2009
WOTR News Article imageWell, it's that time of year again: November is here. At Word of Truth Radio, that means it's time for some Christmas Music! With so much worldly holiday music out there, it's a real treat to be able to provide you with the peaceful and inspiring songs that call to mind the birth of the Lord Jesus, as such music helps us to cherish the gift of the Savior. The angels sang, "Glory to God in the highest,And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!" (Luke 2:14)

> Listen to our Christmas Station!

Our prayer is that God will be glorified through this music and that you will be blessed as you tune in.

- The WOTR Staff

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