Translation Series #4: See What a Morning

Keith and Kristyn Getty call themselves “modern-day hymnwriters”; their music, most notably the incipient classic “In Christ Alone,” has helped start a modern-day hymnwriting movement.

Southern Gospel has just started discovering their songs; over the last two years, Lauren Talley, the Booth Brothers, Childress Family, and Rick Webb Family have all cut “In Christ Alone,” and the Booth Brothers recently offered a rendition of “A Higher Throne” that far surpasses the original.

I noticed this trend several months ago and decided to examine their catalog for an entry in this series. It didn’t take me long to arrive at a conclusion: “See What a Morning” was the obvious standout (lyrics, video). The powerful lyrics and soaring melody made this a triumphal anthem that is a no-brainer for a Southern Gospel cut.

But here’s where this post gets interesting: Before I had a chance to finish this column, I was in the studio taking some video footage of Revelation, the Northern Ireland southern gospel trio who recently signed with Crossroads, in the studio recording their debut project. They were about to start tracking the first song, and here is what happened:

Revelation’s U.S. debut, Across the Lands, will be released by Pinnacle/Crossroads this November.


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  1. Sounds great! 😀

  2. Oh yes, and IMO, this melody is leaps and bounds ahead of “In Christ Alone.”

  3. “O Church Arise” and “The Power of the Cross” would be good candidates for something like this too, I think.

    • The Power of the Cross is a very dear song to me. I absolutely love it!

  4. I have been producing records for Northern Irish groups for years. I have produced two Records for for Rev. William McCrea, one for a female trio called Heavenbound, and a female trio named Kathryn Mitchell and produced tracks for Rev. McCrea’s heartwarming friends videos. They all have recorded songs by the Getty’s in the past. They are fantastic writers!!

  5. Sorry, I meant to say a female soloist “Kathryn Mitchell”…. My bad!!!

    • Not a problem – it provided a great, harmless laugh! 😀

  6. Thanks for mentioning music by Keith & Kristyn!! Come and join the discussion on their page at facebook.com/keithandkristyngettyfans – posted by Team Getty

    • I actually had before today, and thanks for stopping by here!

      • I have also! Keith and Kristyn are fantastic!

  7. There’s some people in my church who do a lot of Getty Music. I’m not much for the modern hymn music, mainly because I prefer the late 70s early 80s country style.